In considering how to relieve constriction, pain (due to nerve impingement), numbness and possible muscle atrophy resulting from scar tissue, I use Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Scar tissue forms over the site of a wound or cut as part of the body’s natural healing mechanism. Scar tissue is connective tissue that is made of fibroblasts in newly forming scars and dense bundles of collagenous fibers in older wounds. Scar tissue becomes hard and can adversely affect the use of muscles and joints.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a slow, rhythmical, massage technique that enhances the natural flow of lymph and fluid drainage around the injured site. When used in combination with Swedish massage and applying vitamin E oil directly on the scar tissue the muscle’s normal movement is improved. Pain and numbness are reduced or eliminated and you are feeling better.
For more information go to: http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/2012-12-14/Massage_for_Your_Health/Scar_tissue_and_the_benefits_of_massage.html
How has healing from surgery affected the way your body moves?
So what are fascial adhesions? Fascia is connective tissue. It can be found superficially in the body just below the skin. It can also be found deeper in the body around our organs and muscles. Fascia gives support to the different body structures. Sometimes the fascia and the muscles beneath it stick together creating pain, burning sensations and reduced range of motion. When this happens, our muscles lack fluidity and we don’t feel free in our movements.
So what do we do?
Deep tissue massage to the rescue! Deep tissue massage is working between the muscle fibers. It can be uncomfortable for the client and good communication between client and therapist is necessary. I have found combining deep tissue massage for twenty minutes on the body areas that really need it along with Swedish massage and energy work to be highly effective. The beneficial results last longer and when you leave you are relaxed and feeling great!
If needed, soaking in a hot bath with apple cider vinegar or Epsom salts can deepen the relaxation and relieve any achiness. Putting an ice pack on the treated areas will also relieve any temporary discomfort.
For more information on deep tissue massage and fascial adhesions go to: http://www.transformationswellness.net/_articles/deeptissue.asp
What are your experiences with receiving deep tissue massage?