Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It Really Works!

One of the pleasures of massage school was learning that something actually worked. We learned that the use of cross-fiber friction could realign scar tissue. Normal, healthy muscle fibers are in line, which gives them strength. Scar tissue (from injury), on the other hand, is formed in a kind of random pattern, which leaves it less strong. This in turn leaves a potential weakness in that area of the muscle. Cross-fiber friction realigns the fibers in the original direction of the muscle fibers. Amazing, right? So, I've been using this with my injured biceps tendon. The massage in the subacute stage is helping to bring oxygen and nutrients to the area, and I'm making sure that the tendon is nice and strong! Amazing stuff.

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