Scar tissue is natural. Whenever injuries occur inside the body, scar tissue forms, just as scars form on the surface of the skin when cuts or punctures are made. It can effect every part of the body, from organs to muscles to connective tissues and some people are more prone to it than others. After an injury has been sustained, and often times after surgery, scar tissue forms and adheres to the healthy tissue around them, creating stiffness in joints and pain, which often has no other reasonable cause. Nerves can often become trapped by this adhesion, creating trigger points that are extremely sensitive. Even repetitive activities such as typing can cause micro-trauma to the joints in the fingers, leading to the build up of scar tissue over time. So scar tissue is natural, but it is also insidious: we need to prevent our bodies from building up too much of it, otherwise it will limit our range of motion.
Chiropractic is excellent for preventing the build-up of too much scar tissue and from dispelling that which already exists. Techniques we use include:
- Active Release Technique
- Graston Technique
- Myofascial Release
Scar tissue is less elastic than standard muscle tissue (some estimates say around 60% as elastic), so an area full of scar tissue will therefore feel stiffer and achier. These techniques target adhesion and trigger points to break up the accumulating scar tissue. By removing forces which are actively pulling your body out of balance and limiting the range of motion in joints, we also contribute to spinal balance. The muscle tension that is indicative of scar tissue build up responds very well to our modalities at Scorca Chiropractic Center; give our office in Fremont a call and schedule an appointment today to start healing these injurious regions and opening them up to the influx of nutrients and oxygen that they need.
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.