Scar tissue is a part of the body’s natural healing process: in the same way that a cut in the skin will eventually heal over and form a temporary or permanent scar, the same happens within the body when serious injury, surgery or repetitive trauma occurs. Cells are destroyed and cells must regenerate to replace them. The only difference is that scar tissue, by some estimates, is 60% as elastic as the previous healthy tissue. Furthermore, when scar tissue is allowed to build up over time it can form an adhesion to the surrounding tissue, rendering a previously flexible region stiff and sore.
The idea is too prevent the accumulation of too much scar tissue. Chiropractic offers a few excellent modalities for doing just that, including the Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Therapy that targets areas with a lot of scar tissue and breaks up the tension. Even basic massage is good at getting in there and dissipating the build up of scar tissue. By doing this, we can help you improve range of motions in stiff joints and improve pain symptoms.
One final benefit is that by defeating the adhesion of scar tissue to surrounding tissue, we are actively fighting a force that is seeking to pull your body out of balance. At Holmes Chiropractic, we support any initiative that keeps your spine balanced and free of pain. If too much scar tissue has created a problem in your life, give our office a call and schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Randall Holmes, D.C.