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Soft-Tissue Restriction (Scar tissue)

One of the main keys to full functional rehabilitation is the removal/reduction of scar tissue from the soft tissues of the body. We provide expert manual therapy to clients during rehabilitation to speed the process and obtain more lasting resul

ts. Understanding the different ways scar tissue affects your body is important.

The body moves when muscles get longer and shorter. To do this they slide past other muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and other connective tissues. When this happens the joints are controlled correctly in their axis of rotation. However, scar tissue can form:

  • IN a Muscle –
    • Preventing the muscle from getting as long or short as it needs
    • Symptoms: Weakness, Reduced range of motion
  • BETWEEN two Muscles
    • Preventing the muscles from sliding past each other
    • Symptoms: Weakness, Reduced range of motion
  • BETWEEN Muscles and Nerves
    • Preventing the nerve from sliding easily
    • Symptoms: Numbness, Tingling, Burning, or Aching
  • BETWEEN Muscles and Blood Vessels
    • Preventing proper blood flow into the muscle or to other tissues beyond the area of restriction
    • Symptoms: Muscle fatigue or exhaustion, Swelling
  • IN Joint Structures –
    • Preventing proper movement of a joint
    • Symptoms: Pinching, Catching, Fullness, Swelling, or “Giving way” of a joint.

By using our hands we can feel the restricted tissue. By using the movements of your body and pinning the scar tissue we can break the tissues free so that muscles get longer and shorter, slide past other muscles, nerves and blood vessels slide freely, and the joint is properly controlled. This results in reduced symptoms and greater strength/movement control.

This video is an explanation of what soft-tissue restriction looks like in a real body and a great explanation of what happens when we “rest” an injury too much. The speaker is an Anatomy professor and educator of many great manual therapists.