Do you have muscle spasms or pain? It may be from scar tissue that may have developed from previous injuries. Scar tissue is made up of very brittle, inflexible collagen fibrous material. These materials bind themselves to damaged soft tissue in an effort to draw the damaged fibers back together. Scar tissue can attach to the muscle fibers, preventing from it sliding back and forth properly. It can also adhere to connective tissues, limiting the flexibility of a muscle or joint. It can also adhere to nerve cells, leading to chronic pain and other conditions.
Research has shown scar tissue is to be weaker, less elastic, and more prone to future re-injury. Scar tissue is as much as 1,000 times more pain sensitive than normal, healthy tissue. For an injured muscle to regain the maximum strength and flexibility, the scar tissue needs to become aligned and integrated with the muscle fibers. What is weird is that our bodies don’t have a great internal mechanism for doing this. It improves over time but often is never resolved. Massage therapy is one of the best ways to treat scar tissue. Other treatments will help but it will not remove it like a massage therapy will.
Deep tissue massage is one of the massages that are recommended for fixing muscles damaged with scar tissue. The strokes of a deep tissue massage are similar to the ones in Swedish massage expect more pressure is used and it uses cross grain strokes. The deep tissue massage breaks up and releases the built up toxins by loosening the muscles making it easier to help break down the scar tissue. This may aid in the removal of lymph fluid in the area and further the size and look of the scar.
Chiropractic adjustments have also been found to help alleviate the pain associated with scar tissue around the joint. Chiropractic adjustments increase the mobility and aid in recovery. Used in conjunction with massage therapy, pain associated with scar tissue may be a thing of the past.