Can Fascia Stretching Help Fascia Damage Caused During Surgery?

The fascial network of the body is easily affected by trauma to the skin and muscles. If you’re playing hockey and take a big body hit, more than just your skin and muscles will feel the pressure. But one of the most acute problems susceptible to all people is surgery.

Regardless of where on the body the surgery is or why it was necessary, most procedures will do damage to the fascia. Here’s how the damage can affect you and how fascial stretch therapy can help!

How Surgery Affects Fascia

The fascial system of connective tissue is one of the more neglected parts of the body – many people don’t know it’s there until a trauma like surgery affects it. Any form of surgery would impact the fascia, as this thin membrane of tissue surrounds, covers and connects all other tissues and organs of the body. No matter where the surgery occurs – on muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, or internal organs – the trauma can affect more than just the surrounding area.

Because surgery involves cutting through the tissue, procedures and scarring that goes with it can modify the fascia and surrounding tissue. The body forms scar tissue to repair the damage, but this can also create a problem called adhesion, where the fascia becomes “crinkled” up. If they build up, these adhesions can prevent your parts from functioning and restrict blood flow.

Once an area of fascia becomes tight and short with adhesion formation, the restrictions can affect other parts of the body, creating more imbalances far from the surgical site. You’ll most likely feel the problem as muscle pain and stiffness.

Fascial Stretching Can Help Scar Tissue Release

Scars aren’t always bad – after all, they are the body’s way of healing and repairing itself. The tissue forms after an injury to the skin, muscles, or bones, and the resulting scars become a visible side effect of surgery. However, these adhesions reduce the mobility and function of a muscle or the fascia in a surrounding area. No matter how they form, fascial stretch therapy can relieve the adhesions caused by scarring. 

Fascial stretch therapy can benefit the body, relieving pain and restoring mobility to the site of fascial adhesions and scar tissue build-up. When you perform the stretches regularly, you loosen the adhesions and slowly increase your range of motion. Professional appointments with 60-minute stretching sessions can break down the limitations and help you regain your range of motion.

When scar tissue formation becomes excessive or multiple layers of tissue build up, it can seriously disturb the body’s mobility. Treating scar tissue is a specialized form of fascial-tissue stretch therapy, but it can be an effective way to target the areas that are causing wider problems. If you ignore the residual trauma to your fascial network after surgery, you’ll experience muscular imbalances, poor posture, and other problems.

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