If you want to learn what connective tissue is and what it does, you can easily search for an answer online. You’ll probably come across a definition like this one from Britannica.com that says this type of tissue is a “group of tissues in the body that maintain the form of the body and its organs and provide cohesion and internal support.”
But what is it, exactly, and why is it so important?
In this blog post, we will attempt to answer these questions in a clear and concise way.
As you’ve probably guessed, the name “connective tissue” implies what it does—it connects. But what it connects depends on what type of tissue it is. Connective tissues can be divided into three groups: loose, dense, and specialized.
To get a better idea of the function that each of these groups serves, let’s take a closer look at each of them.
Loose Connective Tissue
Aside from being the most common type, loose connective tissue is also notable because of the important role it plays in the body’s composition. The loose type holds organs in place as well as attaches epithelial tissue (which lines organs and veins and allows for selective absorption, among other functions) to other tissue.
Essentially, loose connective tissue holds everything inside the body in place, from your heart to your nerves.
Dense Connective Tissue
The dense form of connective tissue performs a few different roles. Like the loose kind, it forms a barrier around a few different organs—the liver and kidneys—and acts as a layer of protection. But there are a few different dense tissues that you are actually familiar with, whether you realize it or not: tendons, ligaments, and skin. Without these dense tissues, you wouldn’t be able to function at all.
Specialized Connective Tissue
You may not have heard of adipose tissue, one form of specialized connective tissue, but you might be surprised by what else is in the same category—cartilage, bone, and blood!
That’s right. These are all specialized connective tissues. You probably don’t need me to go over what they do, right?
Adipose tissue also serves a very important function. Like loose and dense tissues, it also surrounds organs to protect them and to mitigate heat loss. It does this by storing fat.
Classic Cell Therapy and Connective Tissue
As you can see, connective tissue serves many critical purposes within the body. Which is why when it begins to break down, quality of life can suffer. At ICBR, we understand just how important it is. One of the ways that Classic Cell Therapy helps people feel and look younger is by addressing common issues that people have with connective tissue.
Want to learn more? Get in touch with us today so that we can discuss your needs. Our clinics fill up fast, so don’t wait to book your spot!
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Judith A. Smith is the co-founder and Director of the International Clinic of Biological Regeneration (ICBR). Her educational degrees, at the University of Missouri and graduate studies at Clayton University, were in the field of clinical nutrition. She is also a Fellow of the American Council of Applied Clinical Nutrition (FACACN) and served as educational coordinator for the ACACN from 1979 until 2007 when administration of the program was transferred to The British Institute of Homoeopathy.
After several years of travel and study in London and Vienna, she and her husband, the late Dr. C.T. Smith, opened the first ICBR clinic in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 1981 to bring the specialty ofCell Therapy, to North America. Since that time, ICBR has expanded to three clinic locations, Nassau, Bahamas, Matamoros, Mexico and, most recently, Tijuana, Mexico.
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