What is Fibrous adhesion?

  • Fibrous muscle adhesion or scar tissue in the muscles is one of the most common sources of pain, weakness, and limited motion in the human body. It is unfortunately also the most under-diagnosed problem in the musculo-skeletal system. 

Please watch this short video below to learn more about muscle adhesion. 

What is fibrous muscular adhesion? 

Fibrous adhesions are fibrous bands, often referred to as scar tissue, that occur after an injury and form between soft tissues. With expert treatment muscle adhesion (scar tissue in the muscles) can be reversed.


What causes muscle adhesion?

You haven’t had any actual trauma or had any surgeries, so how did you ever accumulate any scar tissue or soft tissue adhesions? 

Although bones can sometimes be misaligned or even fractured, the most commonly injured structures are the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments). Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another. When these injuries happen, the body’s natural way to deal with soft tissue injuries is to lay down scar tissue (adhesion) and adhere soft tissue structures together thus creating more load for other structures. This creates more dysfunction, injury, weakness and scar tissue to form until the body has no other structures to load and starts to produce pain. 

An adhesion is an abnormal area of dense collagen fibers. Trauma (tear or crush) and hypoxia (sustained or repeated contraction) can cause adhesion. Adhesion is identified via palpation as a focal area of reduced compression by an expert in soft tissue treatment. 

So in other words, adhesion can be caused by repetitively typing on a computer all day in a slumped posture, which can wreak havoc to the forearm muscles and back muscles. Adhesion can also be caused by an injury to the specific area, such as a bad pull or strain to an ankle or hamstring. Runners have constant pounding to the leg muscles, which can result in micro injuries and cause the formation of adhesion that eventually cause more problems. Tennis players abuse their forearm, especially during backhand movements and can trigger adhesion formation and result in tennis elbow symptoms.

Scar tissue is very real and causes the majority of the problems we encounter every day with muscle pain and injuries. 

When adhesion is present, it has to be physically broken down by a provider certified to find and fix adhesion in order for it to go away. Stretching and exercise won’t help! Neither will a foam roller or a lacrosse ball. These may make you feel good for a few hours or even a few days, but they are not long term solutions! 

Adhesion is at the root of many common problems like low back or neck pain, sciatica, most tendinitis cases, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even headaches! 

Unfortunately, if left untreated long enough, adhesion can lead to other problems like disc herniation, stress fractures, labrum tears, muscle tears/sprains/strains, and early arthritic changes.

How can that be? 

Adhesion makes muscles work harder. When muscles work harder they become overworked sooner. Instead of the muscles absorbing most of your day to day activities, the body transfers the load into the cartilage, bones, and joints instead. This begins a very bad cycle of chronic pain. The sooner you fix adhesion the better!

With expert muscle adhesion treatment scar tissue can be reversed.

At Discover Soft Tissue + Spine what makes us different is that we focus on the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves) that contribute to pain, limited motion and injuries. We are certified providers of the Integrative Diagnosis® program to accurately diagnose and treat muscle, nerve, and joint problems. We provide the preferred treatment options of the ID system - Manual Adhesion Release ® and Instrument Adhesion Release® to help our patients reduce adhesion and achieve pain relief quickly.

Dr. Eric Lambert and Maggie Zick, LMT at Discover Soft Tissue + Spine specialize at finding and fixing adhesions. Even if you are reading this and already have degeneration, arthritis, or a tear you can still see improvement in your function and pain. In fact, the majority of patients that we help have seen multiple providers and not received the care they need because adhesion is the most misdiagnosed condition. They both are certified to manually fix conditions from head to toe. Most of us know a lot of people with chronic pain that are not getting the help they need. Call us at 616.956.1112 or click below to schedule an appointment. If you or someone you know is in the Grand Rapids area and could benefit from our services please give us a call at 616.956.1112 or click below to schedule an appointment.

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