What is scar tissue?

Scar tissue is collagen fiber that is laid down as part of the normal healing process of any type of damaged tissue. Normal tissue runs in a pattern that makes it strong, flexible, and functional. When normal tissue is damaged, whether by a cut of the skin, a sprained ligament, a heart attack, or any other means, the body starts to lay down collagen in excess to help protect the area and increase tensile strength. This process is a necessary part of healing.

Scar tissue becomes problematic when not treated because it has decreased strength, blood flow, and mobility. Manual techniques help improve the functionality of the scar, particularly early on in the healing process. Therapies such as massage, chiropractic adjustments, Graston and physiotherapy to name a few can help improve blood flow and remodel the scar tissue to help prevent future pain and dysfunction in the tissue and improve strength and flexibility.

Here at Northwest Wellness, we can help with both old scar tissue and new scar tissue in the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Keep in mind, scar tissue is normal and needed. It is a natural part of the healing process. Improper care and rehabilitation of scar tissue is what causes the problems that scar tissue is known for.