What Can Scar Tissues Do to Your Body?
You have been suffering from an injury or surgery trauma, and the pain has finally subsided. Great! Pain is your body screaming for attention, so it is good to see it gone. But it does not mean that your body is back to its fullest performance.
An injury trauma triggers inflammation which initiates healing in your body. Collagen is produced accordingly to the amount of damage, fixing tissues around the trauma area. What is left after this process are scar tissues. Scar tissues are byproducts of increased collagen and they can develop in spontaneous configurations. Moreover, it can adhere to skin tissues, muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, or even bones. For example, muscle adherence can alter muscle elasticity, affecting body movement.
Abnormal collagen configuration and adherence are often resolved by exercising. The damaged tissues are stretched and stimulated, returning to its original state. However, it is hard to exercise with inflammation and pain from trauma. Instead, you try to avoid pain by reducing the workload around the area. Collagen configuration is left altered and adherence persists, leading to a long-term problem.
The same can be said for surgery trauma. Although it is an intentional opening, the trauma leads to a scar tissue formation. Even a common appendicitis procedure can cause tissue adherence, decreasing the elasticity of the right lower abdominal tissues, interfering with a backward movement of the right hip joint, and altering the kicking movement when walking. This can lead to decreased lower muscle mass, ultimately affecting the back muscles as well.
To solve this situation, kneading and manipulation of scar tissues are necessary. It is important to evaluate the area, direction, and the depth of scar tissue in order to provide effective care. FuncPhysio physical therapists are ready to help you.
Dr. Yoshi Fujii
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