Adhesion or scar tissue formation occurs after trauma to the tissues, and is caused by an inflammatory response to tissue damage. As the body’s tissues heal and scar tissue and adhesions are formed, the tissues begin to shrink and pull, which results in restricted movement of the area. This ‘pull’ creates more mechanical irritation, often perpetuating the cycle of adhesion formation. Scar tissue adhesions usually form after surgery, infection, inflammation, trauma, or radiation therapy treatment.
Scar tissue is composed of strong, microscopic strands of collagen. Like a nylon rope made of a thousand tiny strands, these tiny collagen fibres (called crosslinks) bind together to create sheets, ropes, or blankets of tissue in areas of the body that have been injured by infection, inflammation, surgery, or trauma. Whether these adhered tissues are called crosslinks, micro-adhesions, adhesions or scars, is all a matter of size. Whether they form ropes, sheets, or some other shape depends on how we heal, and how our body moves and pulls against existing adhesions, after trauma to the tissues. They can join any structure in the body to its neighbour, or to distant structures. In doing so, they can cause confusing symptoms, of pain or dysfunction.
When adhesions totally encase or close an organ (e.g., bowel or intestinal obstruction), they can become life-threatening. In areas where they impose on pain-sensitive structures, they can cause constant or recurring pain. They may also pull into structures distant from the original tissue trauma, causing referred pain or distant dysfunction
Remarkably, when adhesions form in areas that are not highly innervated, they may not cause pain at all. Thus, some people find themselves slowly losing function or range of motion over time, whether or not that loss is accompanied by pain.
It has been found that adhesions and scar tissue are composed of thousands of tiny strands of collagen, made strong by binding together like a rope or a cloth, made of thousands of individual fibres. After further investigation, it appears that the chemical bonds that attach each of the tiny collagen fibres to its neighbour dissipate or dissolve when placed under sustained pressure over time. Scar Tissue Release Therapy techniques are based on the principles and techniques of Manual Lymph Drainage that involve a stretch or release of the tissues. Scar Tissue Release Therapy is very specific to the area(s) involved. The primary goals of this manual therapy are to increase mobility and decrease pain and more importantly to some patients, improve aesthetic appearance.
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