of the muscle tissue where the adhesion is located being more dense than the
rest of the muscle (it also feels hard to the touch). This density can lead to blood vessels being constricted so that normal blood flow in that area is compromised.
Without normal blood flow, the tissue cells cannot receive the necessary
nutrients to help break up the adhesion that is occurring amongst the bound up
fibers (this is known as ischemia). Left untreated, these muscle adhesions can become denser and affect other areas within the muscle and beyond as the body tries to compensate for the limitations caused by the muscle adhesion, at times even having the effect of pressing on a nerve and causing constant or recurring pain in different parts of the body. Massage therapy, especially deep tissue therapy in conjunction with hydrotherapy, has the effect of increasing the blood flow to the affected area and facilitating the “break-up” of the bound up muscle fibers and, with it, an accompanying relief from pain when such is present.