Chiropractor Explains Scar Tissue: causes, formations, restoration


Hello, my name is Dr. Russell Kun, I’m a chiropractor
at Evergreen Chiropractic: Ojai in southern California Today we’re going to be talking about scar
tissue. The big fancy word is called tissue of fibrosis,
or fibrotic repair. Ligaments have a woven quality to them. We have this – my kids’ finger trap – they
love these things. But this is actually woven just the way a
ligament is. And we can on this side here, it’s woven nice
and easy. And because my kids and I have played with
this, it’s been torn a bit in the center. So that would be the weakened part. Now, of course, this isn’t organic and alive,
so it doesn’t repair itself. But humans, in our innate intelligence, our
body responds by laying down scar tissue around the torn fibers to strengthen it. It wouldn’t need to do it here, it would surround
this area here where it’s weakened. So that scar tissue is laying down in an amorphous
clump. It’s not woven like this, it’s just a blob
around this. And it’s doing its job, laying down these
proteins to try and strengthen the torn ligament. The problem is though because it’s not woven,
it’s more of a bunched up thing, it won’t move freely the way the rest of the little
finger trap here moves nice and easy. But if you have these scar tissue formations
between muscle bellies, it’ll prevent the smooth sliding, it’ll be more saccadic and
then it will create inflammation and restrictions of ranges of motion, and it will be difficult
to turn when you’re driving a car – those extreme ranges of motion, you’ll have to turn
your shoulders instead of just turning your head. So we want to keep all the ranges of motion
in our body moving nice and free and easy because this is the only way that our discs
get hydrated and pumping, is through moving freely. So scar tissue is the enemy of that, so we
want to break up scar tissue as much as possible. The work that I do is to break up the scar
tissue and have it slowly start tracking by restoring the full ranges of motion of the
joints. Then, instead of it being a blob in the middle,
it starts lining up better, those fibers will start lining up appropriately and then you’ll
have an increase in your ranges of motion. Next, we’re going to show you some of the
tools that we use to break up scar tissue. So thank you for watching, please subscribe!

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