A Practical Treatment: Eliminating Scar Tissue Pain
Scar tissue, fascial restrictions, and fibrotic adhesions can inhibit normal joint function, reduce your ranges of motion, and cause pain. Scar tissue and fibrous adhesions may form between your fascia—a band of connective tissue that surrounds your body structures—and your muscles and around your joints. These cross-linkings often prevent, or restrict, your muscles and other tissues from moving freely and may generate pain. This page explains the underlying causes of scar tissue and offers an effective treatment approach for restoring tissue health in your body.
Scarring, also known as fibrosis, is a natural part of the healing process. But the fiber composition and arrangement of scar tissue is quite different from the normal tissue (collagen) it replaces. Scar tissue differs in that it:
- Aligns itself in a single direction, not in the more effective basketweave formation
- Is of lower functional quality than normal collagen fibers
- Prevents your muscles from lengthening or contracting properly
Adhesions may form around your joints, including your spinal joints. Joints that are not regularly moved through their full and active ranges of motion are most susceptible to fibrous adhesions and reduced joint range of motion. Factors that may increase your risk of scar tissue include:
- Surgical procedures
- Muscle injuries (especially strains)
- Continual muscle stress
- Stress and anxiety
- Sedentary living
Causes & Symptoms
Your body creates myofascial adhesions and fibrosis (scar tissue) in response to three distinct circumstances:
1. Major trauma (acute injury): A sudden, forceful injury causing tissue damage, such as tearing or bleeding (e.g., falls, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, etc.).
2. Micro-trauma (repetitive injury): A repetitive activity or prolonged task that causes microscopic tearing in your soft tissues (e.g., computer tasks, poor posture, etc.)
3. No trauma (but constant stress on your muscle tissue): A situation in which your muscles are in a constant state of tension and are not getting sufficient blood flow and oxygen.
Common signs and symptoms of scar tissue include:
- Painful, tight, or achy muscles
- Tenderness in your affected area
- Decreased muscle strength
- Reduced flexibility and joint range of motion
Scar Tissue Pain Treatment
Scar tissue must be treated as soon as possible for the following reasons:
- To restore proper tissue tone and circulation
- To restore proper joint movement and avoid chronic joint problems
- To eliminate restrictions between tissues and unbind nerves
Not all treatment approaches to eliminating scar tissue are equally effective. One therapy that is effective about 80 percent of the time is manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). MUA, practiced by qualified chiropractic physicians and medical doctors, helps resolve scar tissue and reduce adhesions between connective tissue, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. MUA helps improve range of motion, decrease pain, and restore proper tissue alignment in your affected area.
Get more information about MUA and its beneficial effects on scar tissue by meeting with Dr. Wolstein and his MUA team. Dr. Wolstein offers a free consultation for anybody interested in this gentle and effective healing approach.
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