Category Archives: Scar Tissue

Soft Tissue Release – Tri City Physiotherapy

What is Soft tissue release? Soft tissue release is a therapy where pressure is applied on a muscle or connective tissue during movement to fascilitate a stretch or lengthening of tissue. To maximize effect, the pressure is moved during the stretch to release different parts of the mucle or connective tissue. Why soft tissue release? The benefits include increases in venous and lymphatic drainage, increasing fluid absorption, mobilizing adhesions, breaking up scar tissue and helping overall collagen flexibility. In all, soft tissue release combines stretch and massage which together have better effect on decreasing the size of the scar/painful area and helps organize the direction of the fibres which ultimatley lessens strain. The technique is rhythmic, relatively gentle and takes place in multiple planes to help create a greater range of motion overall. Still confused or scared it will hurt? Good youtube...

Physiotherapists: The Body Mechanics

To start, imagine driving down the road when you run over a big pot hole and get a flat tire.  Would the first thing that went through your head be "hmmmm, maybe it will get better on its own"?  Probably not.  Now imagine leaving that tire to "get better on its own"  for a week, a month or even a year.  Don't you think that maybe this flat tire, which could have been fixed easily if it were taken care of initially, would cause further mechanical problems with the rest of your car?  The alignment, the gas mileage, not to mention the damage it would cause to the rims? Now, instead of having a flat tire, imagine straining your shoulder while playing co-ed softball or while painting that  room that went out of style 10 years...

Why does this strain just insist to remain?

Ever had something you thought was just a muscle strain that just never really went away? Isn’t it time to figure out why this injury has stuck around and has not gotten better with the ever popular “wait and see” approach? Well, one of the reasons it probably hasn’t just “gotten better on its own”, is because of an accumulation of scar tissue. After an injury such as a muscle pull or a strain, a mass of immature scar tissue is laid down to repair the damaged muscle. Initially this process helps repair the strained tissue but if it remains after the strain has healed, it can irritate and inflame the surrounding healthy tissue and cause unwanted pain and limitations in function. When a build up of scar tissue remains well after...