How Do Nerves Become “Trapped” Within the Soft-Tissues?
The repetitive “rubbing” of sensitive, soft tissues or the chronic contraction of a damaged muscle can cause symptoms to progress. Both scenarios deprive the soft-tissue of vital oxygen due to the decreased “pumping” that occurs with healthy, optimal contraction and relaxation. This lack of oxygen triggers fibroblastic activity–the catalyst of scar tissue (fibrous tissue) formation. Unfortunately, the more fibrous tissue that accumulates, the more muscle oxygenation, flexibility and strength diminish. In short, repetitive motion injuries and cumulative trauma disorders could develop over months, years, and even decades, before the first symptom manifests! As the condition progresses, the “stickiness” of the soft tissues can expand, causing these tissues to become “stuck” together. When this happens in proximity to nerves, it can cause a peripheral entrapment——or, a pinched nerve.