Scar tissue (adhesions) is a dead fibrotic tissue that forms mostly in fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Scar tissue is composed mainly of collagen. Its fibrosis prohibits adequate circulation.
In addition to the physical limitations of collage nous tissue, the lack of blood flow and lymph drainage occurring in scar tissue makes it vulnerable to dysfunction.
The abnormal stress on a scar tissue surrounding structures may include:
- Nerve impingement.
- Limited range of motion and flexibility.
- Muscle atrophy.
- An increase in vulnerability for future injury.
- Radiation scarring: The scarring process after radiation can continue as long as six months after the last radiation treatment. Radiated tissues are delicate and the skin can break easily