Muscle Adhesions & Scar Tissue
Do you get up in the morning and find it harder to move your arms, legs, and back than you used to?
Do you feel more tired when taking long walks in the park, at amusement parks, or shopping in the mall?
Do you find yourself having more aches and pains than you ever did before, and just knock it up to old age?
Well, unless you are an elderly person feeling old like this due to aches and pains in your body is not normal-at all.
If you are feeling old, it could be due to old scar tissue and muscle adhesions in the tissues of your body that are causing you to feel this way; luckily a soft tissue massage therapist can do something about it.
What are Muscle Adhesions?
The concept of muscle adhesions is pretty advanced but in laymen’s terms, muscle adhesions are your body’s way of repairing damaged muscle tissue in your body.
If you have ever pulled or even torn a muscle, hurt your knee, hurt your back, or severely injured some other important muscular group in your body chances are that you have muscle adhesions in that area of your body underneath your skin and inside your muscle tissue.
Since it is your body’s natural muscular band-aid, muscle adhesions are not a bad thing but they can cause pain and discomfort as your body gets older and more worn, and that can be what has you feeling so old. Along with other scar tissue under your skin, muscle adhesions can be a nasty culprit for something that once did your body such good.
The Problem with Muscle Adhesions
There is some problem with muscle adhesions, even for those who have not yet reached the point where it can make them feel older and stiffer. Muscle adhesions are like bandages that can lie across the muscles and tendons and hinder the way that they are able to stretch and move. This normally is not a problem, but a serious athlete who takes pride in being strong and flexible will find that although they may feel more powerful, they are less flexible.
What to Do About Scar Tissue and Muscle Adhesions
Muscle adhesions and scar tissue in your muscles can be a nasty problem for an athlete, and a nasty problem for a person who is just beginning to feel their age-or older than it. It can reduce the quality of life for an active person, and outside surgery it can seem like there is nothing to be done about this painful problem.
There is one way of treating this issue, and it is an issue that many people fail to consider when they have an ache or a pain in their body. Soft tissue massages are great for helping to ease out muscle adhesions and bring back strength and flexibility to a pained area!
Trained professionals that are licensed and a massage therapy certifications know everything about the muscles that there is to know, including how to repair and ease the pain of scar tissue and muscle adhesions in the body.
If you are starting to feel your age and you aren’t sure what to do about it, it could be those muscle adhesions calling your name and punishing you for years of football, track, softball, swimming, or whatever it is that you did to stay healthy and have fun.
They can certainly prevent you from having fun now, but not if you do something about it. Your local licensed massage therapist is trained to take care of this problem, and they have the power to help you overcome the obstacles that muscle adhesions can put in your path.
In many of our articles we refer to adhesions and scar tissue, and many of you are probably wondering what these terms mean. We would like to try to shed some light on these terms.
When we refer to adhesions and scar tissue, we are referring to conditions found in muscle tissue. Muscle tissue is comprised of small bundles, or fascicles, of cells that are bound together in increasingly larger bundles that form a single muscle, such as the bicep muscle on your arm.
The tissue that wraps around the bundles of cells is known as fascia. When a muscle is injured, overused or underused, these fasciae begin to stick together. These are what we refer to as adhesions. You may refer to them as knots.
The squeezing may be from muscles being contracted from stress, overuse or under use.
If you immediately address the adhesion with gentle massage, then the oil can begin to flow back into the area and the bundles will no longer stick together.
If the adhesion is ignored and the squeezing becomes chronic, then the adhesion will continue to grow. Surely we can all attest to that fact.
Another fact that we can all agree on is that there are many ways in which you might injure your muscles, thus creating scar tissue. For the sake of brevity, we will discuss only one. Let’s say you are running and you trip, causing your legs to move farther away from each other than they normally would. This can cause the muscles to pull too tight and tear apart. When this happens to your muscle tissue, your body sends out repair cells known as fibroblasts to bind the torn edges together in order to prevent further separation.
As the muscle tissue continues to heal, the scar tissue will gradually become more flexible, but will not regain its former mobility. With focused, applied massage techniques, however, the scar tissue can be broken down.
Soft Tissue Therapy, Ultrasound Therapy will also increase blood flow to the area, thus providing more nutrients and allowing faster restoration of healthy, mobile muscle tissue.
This is why an ever increasing number of athletes and non athletes at all levels are employing the services of Soft Tissues Therapists.
As we can see, our muscles are both powerful and delicate.
As such, we should treat them with utmost care and respect by hydrating, feeding, stretching and exercising them properly. Even if we treat them properly, they may still suffer from adhesions or scar tissue. If they do, we should extend that care and respect by treating them until they are restored to health.
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