How Do Restrictions Occur?

Inflammation begins the course of events that lead to a restriction. As inflamed tissues heal, more fibrous tissue is laid down, resulting in a less elastic, tighter, thicker, dryer area. If a serous membrane becomes inflamed, the serous fluid produced becomes more viscous and tacky, creating a high probability of adhering to a neighboring structure.

Inflammation can be caused by a sudden blow to the body, bacterial or viral infections, or what we breathe, eat and drink over long periods of time. Chronic stress can also be the source of inflamed tissues.


Adhesions resulting from surgery can lead to unexpected and painful consequences. These restrictions are created by the incisions made, and by the drying of tissues that occur when exposed to air or carbon dioxide. Adhesions are restrictions that adhere one structure to another. The free and gliding motion needed in the body can be severely limited from surgery.

Carbon dioxide used to insufflate the abdomen during laparoscopic surgery works in the same way; causing peritoneal drying and irreversible cell damage, which promotes adhesion development.