Scar tissue may be caused by an accident or injury or by surgery.
The surgery may have been necessary but even the most careful surgery damages the soft, connective tissues of the body leaving internal and external scars that can cause their own problems.
Scar tissue problems can build up for months or even years after the original cause of the scarring. This is because the scar tissue can grow and expand over time along lines of tension in the body, and often attaches itself to other internal structures such as organs and muscles.
Scar tissue can cause immediate pain in the damaged area or referred pain elsewhere in the body. The medical answer to this is often more surgery.
Myofascial Release for Scar Tissue
At the Pain Care Clinic we recommend that to avoid or minimise problems with pain from scar tissue:
- avoid all unnecessary surgery
- have a short programme of myofascial release as soon as possible after injury or surgery to minimise the build-up of scar tissue
- have what may have to be a longer programme of myofascial release to gently break down any old scarring that has already formed.