Scar tissue is a natural part of the healing process for any injury in the human musculoskeletal system. As your body attempts to heal, it produces a new, less mobile tissue to replace the older, more tensile original tissue. But the problem is how scar tissue interacts with your other, preexisting healthy tissues. Besides stiffness and pain in the local area, scar tissue adheres to healthy tissues, tying them down and making an entire region less mobile in the process. Because the tissues are bound up, the muscles become tighter and shorten in response. This leaves you weaker in an area where you need strength; less mobile in an area that needs mobility to heal. Even nerves can become trapped underneath the scar tissue adhesion, leading to impairment of the nervous system, as well as tingling, numbness and weakness in the local region.
In most healthy bodies, scar tissue should be able to grow without growing out of control. But it is important to pay attention to signs of scar tissue adhesion. Significant lack of mobility in a healing region should make you sit up and take note; pain and stiffness are counterproductive to a successful recovery. Because this process will reduce muscle length, hamper muscle function and decrease your strength, you need to take action when you suspect scar tissue adhesion is at play.
At our office in Milpitas, we focus on reducing scar tissue adhesion and improving function through soft tissue therapy. We do this by focusing on the site of injury, the surrounding musculature and the associated nerves. We use techniques including:
Our goal is to improve mobility of the muscle fibers, helping to speed up the healing process while keeping scar tissue adhesion down. If you are interested in this natural approach to healing, give our office in Milpitas a call to schedule an appointment today.