Do you suffer from pain, tingling or numbness in your wrist or elbow? Sometimes does your shoulder, neck, back, knee or hip just ache?

Well often that pain is caused by the stressed muscles surrounding the pain region. James Phipps DC is a level 5 Integrative Diagnosis provider and is full body certified in active release technique or ART. This non-invasive hands-on treatment can eliminate your pain quickly and permanently.

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What is scar tissue and how is it limiting you?

This will be a three part series that will explain everything you need to know about scar tissue

Part 1: How does scar tissue form?

Part 2: How can scar tissue lead to the pain that I have?

Part 3: How does MAR and ART get rid of scar tissue?

So let’s start off with:

Part 1: How does scar tissue form?

Most people typically say, “I haven’t had an injury, so why would I have scar tissue?” Hopefully this next section will help clarify how and why scar tissue forms.

There are two main pathways for scar tissue formation:

  1. Acute conditions, such as pulls and tears.  This requires actual trauma and the body repairs the damaged tissue with scar tissue.
  2. Hypoxia (low oxygen) pathway is the most common generator of scar tissue in muscles.  This will occur without you knowing it and can occur from repetitive motions or from standing or sitting in sustained postures.  Muscles need oxygen to function and oxygen is delivered via the blood.  The blood vessels pass throughout the muscles and can become constricted by a contracting muscle.  This is normally not a problem, but with today’s sedentary world, muscles are forced to contract longer and more frequently than our ancestors.  A great example of this is using a keyboard many hours in a day.  This will cause constant contraction of the forearm extensor muscles.

This causes a low oxygen environment in the muscle and triggers fibroblasts to come in and lay down scar tissue.  This overloads the attachment point (lateral epicondyle) of the extensor muscles on the outside of the elbow and causes pain.  This is called lateral epicondylitis/epicondylosis or tennis elbow.  Tennis players abuse the forearm extensors as well, especially during backhand movements.

Who would have thought that these two activities could lead to the same problem?

Part 2: How can scar tissue lead to pain?

Part 3: How does MAR™ and ART® get rid of scar tissue

Part 2: How can scar tissue lead to pain?

Part 2 of 3: click here for part 1

In part one, we covered how scar tissue can get into your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. But how can scar tissue lead to all of the following problems?

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Disc injuries
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Headaches
  • Plantar Fasciitis

The cause is typically a joint that has an abnormal axis of rotation. The easiest way to visualize this is to look at the glenohumeral joint (shoulder). Read more

Part 3: How does MAR and ART reduce scar tissue?

Part 3 of 3: Click here for part 1 and part 2

After understanding how scar tissue forms and what it can lead to, we can now focus on how to treat and reduce scar tissue.  There are two main methods of achieving this goal:

1.     Manually (Dr. uses hands)-MAR and ART

2.     Instruments—The newest instrument on the market today is the Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR).

Instruments work best for scar tissue that is closer to the surface. MAR and ART are used for deeper muscles

The key to breaking down scar tissue in a muscle is to apply a focal amount of tension to it.   This will allow it to break down and be absorbed by your body. Massage and foam rolling will not develop enough tension on the scar tissue. ART and MAR take advantage of the different attachment points of muscles to achieve maximum tension on the scar tissue. Once the scar tissue is broken down over a series of visits, the muscles will have increase length and strength.  This will allow them to function correctly and you will feel a decrease in pain.