Scar tissue is an important part of healing, but depending on the injury, it can also restrict mobility. Scar tissue can attach to underlying structures such as tendons, ligaments, fascia, and skin which makes normal movements difficult and painful. Your muscles can become tight from tension, stress, postural imbalances, or injuries. Scar tissue can also make it difficult to maintain good postural alignment.
Fortunately, there are methods to relieve this tension. Here we will discuss what they can do for you.
What is Scar Tissue Mobilization?
After surgery, fracture, or sprains and strains, your body develops scar tissue at the surgical incision site, on the bone after a fracture, or in the muscle after a tear. When scar tissue forms, healing begins to take place. The scar does not have the same functional properties or the flexibility of your normal tissue. However, the scar tissue can be remodeled in order to handle stress and force.
Scar tissue mobilization ensures that range of motion, strength, and mobility are maximized at the injured tissue.
How Does Massage Therapy Work?
Some patients turn to massage therapy when dealing with soft tissue injuries. Massage therapists use different techniques to restore function and enable you to move normally again.
Aligned Medical Group incorporates the following massage techniques to assist scar tissue mobilization.
- Deep Tissue: A deep tissue massage focuses on the deep structures of the body to break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. The massage therapist applies different types of pressure to your muscle fibers for long-lasting results.
- Sports Massage: A sports massage combines various therapies to prepare the body for performance and increase flexibility. This breaks up adhesions so your muscle fibers work faster and more efficiently.
- Cross Fiber Friction: The therapist uses varying depths and speeds of massage against the direction of the muscle, tendon or ligament. This breaks up adhesions and scar, while encouraging the tissue to lengthen as the adhesions release.
- Trigger Point: Trigger point therapy targets the tight and uncomfortable muscles that can’t be relieved by regular massage methods. Your massage therapist will apply pressure to specific points to relieve tension and restore functionality in that area. It will also break up scar tissue and muscle adhesions.
- Myofascial Release: A massage which incorporates various positions of the treated area while the therapist glides overlying tissues in order to release fascia. Fascia is the tough connective tissue which wraps muscles, tendons and ligaments. Having fascial mobility permits your structures to work normally.
What is the Graston Technique?
If you haven’t had success with massage therapy helping to mobilize your scar tissue, the Graston Technique may be the right choice for you.
The Graston Technique is an innovative, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization used to break down scar tissue, fascia restrictions, and adhesions. Utilizing specially designed stainless steel instruments, the clinician glides the instrument over the treatment area to detect and effectively treat soft tissue fibrosis, scar, chronic restriction, and tightness.
When Is It Used?
Some of the common conditions that the Graston Technique treats include tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, chronic neck pain, surgical scarring, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, and strains.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The Graston Technique is typically performed two times a week and most patients experience immediate results.
Dealing with mobility restrictions and lack of flexibility due to scar tissue can be frustrating and can keep you from performing daily activities. Find out more about how massage therapy and the Graston Technique can help you get back to your normal life.