Are you familiar with the condition Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a condition affecting the palmar fascia. The belief is that fast-acting collagen production is responsible for abnormal clusters that are formed in the area. The abnormal collagen clusters contribute to the severe contracting of the fibers of the palmar fascia, causing the last two fingers on the hand to draw into a fixed, bent position.
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Collagen is a fibrous protein that helps form our bodies’ connective tissues and skin. While normal collagen production is vital for healthy elasticity and structural support of our skin, overproduction of collagen can also create scars or scleroderma.
The thickening of tissues created by scleroderma can create both minor and life-threatening conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Below is a video of massage treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture, then read the blog for more information on treatment and research.
“As the population of the country ages, massage practitioners should be aware of various diseases and conditions that are increasingly common in an older age group. One such condition is a connective tissue disorder that affects the palmar fascia of the hand, called Dupuytren’s contracture.
The primary structure affected in Dupuytren’s contracture is the palmar fascia (Figure 1). The fibers of the palmar fascia are arranged in different directions. However, it appears that the longitudinally-oriented fibers (ones parallel with the long tendons in the hand) are the ones most affected in this condition.”