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Feeling Better by Alleviating Pain

Posted by Vicki on 01/29/2019

When you sustain an injury, the damaged tissue heals with scar tissue. Scar tissue when viewed under a microscope looks similar to cotton ball fibers, running every direction. When you pull on a cotton ball, it "tears" rather than stretches. Scar tissue in the middle of muscle fibers does very much the same thing, it tears rather than stretches. Normal muscle tissue appears like the fibers in fabric, layed down in a very straight line that will give when stretched.

After an injury, when you call upon the injured muscle to contract, the scar tissue will just tear loose and cause you pain upon use of the muscle. Exercises that stretch the injured muscle force the scar tissue to line up so that when you contract the injured muscle, the scar tissue begins to stretch rather than tear.

Once the scar tissue is remodeled you can begin to strengthen the muscle with a light contraction working up to stronger contractions. The gradual loading of the tissue will then allow the muscle to contract without continuing to reinjure the muscle and create further pain. If you continue to have pain over a long period of time, you should seek help from a physical therapist to assure you are performing the exercises correctly.

Don't suffer, seek help for all injuries quickly so that you aren't putting stress on other areas that will only come back later. If you or a loved one is having pain, see your physical therapist right away to get back to doing the things you love! We are here to help get you on the road to recovery. Do you need one of our qualified PT's to do a free consultation to help you with an ache/pain you are having? Call us today to set up your private consultation.

Don't live with pain after an injury. Do something about it!