Scar tissue is a part of the body’s natural healing response, especially to severe injury and often times surgery. Why then is it so problematic? In this respect, it is in the same category as chronic inflammation: too much scar tissue can create a drag on your well-being. The process is simple: when cells are destroyed through injury, whether they be in organs, muscles or connective tissue, new cells must be formed in the same region, just the same way that a cut or puncture on the skin will eventually heal over but leaves a scar. Apply this concept to the inside of the body and you have scar tissue. The problem is that the new tissue is only about 60% as elastic as the original material, meaning that an area with a lot of scar tissue is going to be a lot stiffer and achier than it originally was.
If left unchecked, scar tissue will form an adhesion to other tissues in the area, essentially trapping joints and making them much stiffer than their original design. When left untreated, these trigger points become fibrotic with scar tissue and this is where we step in at Espinosa Family Chiropractic. The problems associated with scar tissue build up respond very well to chiropractic modalities including the Graston technique, the Active Release Technique and Myofascial Release. Even simple massage works to get into trigger points and break up the scar tissue that is accumulating.
Scar tissue is an inevitability for most people: even the seemingly innocuous task of typing can cause scar tissue build up because of repetitive micro-traumas. If you are suffering from a loss of range of motion or pain due to scar tissue build up, give our office in Sacramento a call and schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.
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