any idea on how to reverse excessive catabolism?
The million dollar question. Obvious first step is to correct the causes.
The end result of tissue damaged from catabolisim and /or bacterial consumption cant be that much different........its damaged tissue that was inflamed and probably scared over.
I would assume the shorter the time frame of infection and the body being out of whack, the more likelihood of the body healing itself after the infection is stopped. Although its said the body wants to heal, scar tissue is a major blockade.
Scar tissue in chronic muscle and fascia injuries can be easily detected by a trained masseur and most experienced chiros - if its not far under the skin. I had it everywhere just under the surface of my skin. So it must be deeper to- which is very hard to detect and work on.
Obviously in time, muscle can be re-built from working out individual areas. But tendons are a b/tch! I am lucky my joint tissue seems pretty good. Once my muscles got a little loser, my joints loosened up and got quieter- less muscle stress/tension on them.
Scar tissue in muscle makes rebuilding much more challenging, as the tissue has physically changed. Ive used many manual methods and "tools" to work out the scar tissue areas- aggressive self trigger point massage, active release ect, and muscle scraping. Dry needling does not work well over large areas, to much time, too many needles, not much progress. Its older relative, Acupuncture, is more for nerves, not healing scar tissue.
"Muscle scraping" also makes it possible to gauge my below surface scar tissue improvement (Gua Sha /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua_sha
). As the muscle tissue heals, it gets smoother, quieter and less red when "scraped". Sounds crazy, but this has been helping the last two months. Its just repeated friction over the skin and does not hurt much vs the temporary visual results which look much worse than it feels.
Once the lumpy and crunchy muscle scar tissue heals and is more flexible/stretchable, its much easier to re-build/strengthen via gym/weights ect.
When tendon tissue hardens from scaring it can be detected on MRIs. Conventional medicine has a term for it that pretty much means its dead, but its not really dead. It need's forced circulation, and there's not much there to begin with. I use the plugged toilet analogy. Applied force unplugs it.
Cross friction which can help with muscle, does not help with tendons. But longitudinal friction does. Surprisingly you can be pretty aggressive with a scared up tendon, but it just seems like the last thing you want to do. Working on my Achilles tendons freaks me out, since I kind of need them to walk. My shoulder tendons are better after two years of me using various trigger point tools, counter tops and door jams LOL. Conventional medicine suggested several surgeries,no thanks, they dont do anything right the first time. Just did full shoulder/arm circles stretches,..no more snapping sounds anymore. One is still weaker though.
Back to Collegian...it should help tendons rebuild. I dont understand why the Great Lakes brand (the best I tried) did nothing for me that I could notice. Lysine had no noticeable effect either. Any supplements that work on tendons? let me know.
I use g/f, dairy free plant protein before and after weight workouts - it helps. I don't intentionally do cardio for the sake of cardio. I ski and bike a little, because I like it, not because its cardio. I ran in the past. Wont do that again unless someone is chasing me.
Post Edited (astroman) : 1/26/2018 11:40:40 PM (GMT-7)