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Scar Tissue Adhesions

An adhesion is a tough band of scar tissue that binds parts of two tissues or organs together.  Normally, the surfaces of organs, muscles, and nerves do not stick together and are able to slide and glide along each other as you move your body.  Adhesions appear as sheets of tissue similar to thick fibrous bands.  They develop as the body heals after injuries such as car accident, athletic trauma, surgery, or inflammatory processes caused by medical conditions.

Adhesions form as a natural part of the body’s healing process with respect to athletic muscular injuries in a similar way that a topical scar forms after surgery or a cut on the skin. The term “adhesion” is applied when the scarring material extends from within one tissue across to another, usually across a virtual space, to secure an injury.

According to the “classical paradigm” of adhesion formation, the pathogenesis (origin of disease) starts with inflammation and activation of the coagulation system, which creates tough fibrin protein deposits on the damaged tissues.  The fibrin then connects the two adjacent structures where damage of the tissues occurred. The fibrin acts like a glue to seal the injury and builds the fledgling adhesion, said at this point to be “fibrinous.”

Scar Tissue Adhesions:
Nature & Effects

Almost everyone develops internal scar tissue or adhesions throughout life, and they can form anywhere in the body after trauma, inflammation, surgery, etc. It can affect several layers of the muscle, tendon, nerve, or fascia (band of connective tissue).

Adhesions may occur on the surface of your body organs or deep within them. These adhesions can be filmy or coarse, thick, or thin. They can be small enough to join individual cells, deep inside that organ. They can become large enough to attach structures or organs from neck to waist, bending a person forward.

They can create powerful glue-like bonds that can squeeze anatomical structures like straitjackets, decreasing their function and/or causing pain. Adhesions can attach organs, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments and other structures that are designed to be separate, decreasing their natural movement and function.

Because the body has no way to detach or eliminate them, adhesions tend to remain in place or grow over time. When their glue-like bonds wrap around structures, or bind them to others, adhesions can cause significant problems. These problems may be deemed ‘unexplained’ because most adhesions cannot be seen on diagnostic tests (CT, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound).

Adhesions can slowly tighten and twist over time causing reduction in mobility and function of the legs, low back, pelvis, hips, shoulders, arms, and neck (think scoliosis/deep lumbar curve/sway back).  This leads to unnecessary increased pressure on one’s core architecture and overall posture that ages poorly against the constant of gravity.

Medical treatment for adhesions involves surgery to cut them out, which is completely inefficient compared to the pay-off of eliminating them through manipulation.  Interestingly, surgery has an over 100% probability to cause adhesions, so the surgery to remove adhesions them will almost certainly directly lead to the formation of new ones.

An important group of nerves in the low back, pelvis, hips, and legs run in front of the lumbar spine and pass under the abdominal organs before they travel into the legs.  Scar tissue adhesions attached to these nerves can severely limit hip and leg movement and lead to nerve radiation, like sciatica.  These adhesions can be found in psoas, iliacus, and quadratus lumburom muscles.

The best way to eliminate scar tissue adhesions quickly is with a technique referred to as “Cross Fiber Friction“.  “Cross Fiber Friction” is generated by exerting pressure on a muscle with a rolling motion that runs perpendicular to the grain of the muscle.  The AcuLever® is specifically designed to create “Cross Fiber Friction” over the psoas and iliacus muscles…as well as every other muscle of your body. The deep tissue rolling motion cutting against the grain of the muscle is the secret technique, one enhanced by the patented lever.

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