More than just a connection
“Connective tissue” is the superordinate term for a number of different types of tissue which have one basic common attribute: they are all made up of a relatively small number of cells, but their proportion of intercellular mass (intercellular matrix) is mostly very high. Connective tissue has many functions in the body apart from purely serving as the connection between different tissues: for instance, it maintains the form of organs, acts as a protective casing and water storage facility and also plays an important role as a place for immune reactions. Cartilage and bones, as supporting tissue, also belong to the group of connective tissue in a broader sense, just like muscles and fatty tissue, and also the blood.
Tendons provide active support
Tendons are a part of the muscle connective tissue and attach the muscles to the bones. Their intercellular mass mainly consists of collagen fibres which run parallel and are firmly connected with each other. These connective tissue fibres join to form bundles, which gives the tendons their strength and allows them to transfer the muscle power to the bones.
Exercise is important for the connective tissue
Tendons need exercise in order to maintain their stability and flexibility. Regular exercise increases the circulation of the connective tissue and thus also stimulates its metabolism.
Components of connective tissue
In order to support tendon health and preserve an intact tendon structure, nutrients with various characteristics and functions are required.
It is important to maintain a balanced diet which takes the special needs of connective tissue into consideration.
The body needs protein components in order to produce collagen that is more resistant to strain. Glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate are important elements of the matrix that surrounds the collagen fibres.
Tips for strong and healthy tendons
As tendons suffer from poor circulation, the connective tissue takes a long time to recover after it has been under strain for a long time. Recovery takes even longer if the connective tissue is stiff. It is therefore important for the health of your tendons that you take the time to implement as extensive measures as possible to help recovery. In addition to traditional measures such as treatment with ointments, ultrasound or electrical stimulation, targeted training will help your tendons to remain strong and resilient. ‘Eccentric training’ has proven beneficial in this area. You can also do a lot for the health and care of your tendons by consuming a balanced selection of foods that supply the above components for your connective tissue.