Scar tissue normally gets laid down after either an acute or chronic injury, surgery, and even from chronic muscle imbalances related to poor posture. We need some collagen deposition to help us heal especially from strain and sprain type injuries. This normal tissue healing can get complicated if an excess amount of scar tissue occurs or when scar tissue lays down haphazardly. Since muscles and fascia have a preferred movement pattern, excess or randomly formed scar tissue changes the direction that motion usually occurs in that tissue. You might feel this as stiffness, tightness, and/or limited range of motion. Areas of excess scar tissue can also cause a lack of blood flow and that causes hypoxia (lack of oxygen), which is a very painful condition.
There are several very effective treatment methods and tools to correct the complications of excess scar tissue. Treatment for excess scar tissue is designed to break up the scar tissue, allowing increased blood flow to the surrounding tissues, help eliminate hypoxia (low oxygen) and increase oxygen content, and create motion in the surrounding fascia, muscles, and nerves that could have been entrapped in the scar tissue.
I use hands-on treatment providing ‘deep tissue’ or joint therapy, sometimes in combination with laser therapy, the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS), the Rapid Release device, SCENAR, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools, Radial Pulse therapy also known as Shock Wave therapy, and Lymphatic therapy. I don’t know any other practitioner who has as many choices to resolve scar tissue problems then I have. Some of the treatment choices are designed to cause a small inflammatory reaction in the area treated, which helps bring new healing cells to the area that can clean up debris and facilitate the re-healing process.
Treating scar tissue is a specialty! The clinician has to have a good ability to detect fascial and muscle adhesions that are not visible to the naked eye, feel for excess scar tissue deposits, and observe and feel restrictions in remotely affected soft tissue areas. I use my skilled eyes and hands first, then tools to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic or dense scar tissue. Once the stuck or dense tissue has been identified, I have several choices to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. The tools are designed to cause a controlled microtrauma (inflammation) to restimulate the scar tissue formation.
What Does Treatment Do and Why Does Treatment Work?
I provide treatment over the scar tissue areas with a layered approach. I use my hands first, then the softer Rapid Release device to treat the superficial tissues, then the Deep Muscle Stimulator to treat the next deeper layer, and then the Radial Pulse therapy to get the deepest layers. Most often I also use the laser because fascia likes heat to soften it up.
Treatment helps to restore optimal soft tissue quality and gliding of the fascia. I also use gentle movement exercises and these provide the brain and treated area with new motion messages. Sometimes I recommend nutritional supplements to accelerate the body’s natural response to soft tissue repair. After all we want to increase the amount of blood, nutrients, and fibroblasts to the area.
Please call the office to arrange for a scar tissue evaluation 310-444-9393