Scar tissue is essentially the body’s version of a Band-Aid.
Also known as fascia or connective tissue, scar tissue sticks around after an injury because it helps protect the injured area.
The tissue can be very sensitive to pain. It can also get tight over time and stay tender.
To get rid of this painful tissue, most people employ a technique called Myofascial Release, more commonly known as a “foam roller”. This technique sounds straightforward and easy, and it is.
The only downside of the foam roller method is that it is extremely painful. Putting all of your weight on the spot where you are most sensitive is not a gentle approach. Nor are the other techniques that people use like a tennis ball or knuckle to apply a deep tissue massage.
There is another way.
Working with the nervous system allows you to get to the source of the pain without hurting. Your body can be taken to a place of comfort and your nervous system will relax and let go of the tension.
When the tension is released those places with scar tissue will be less sensitive. While this method can take more time, it allows your body to release pain naturally so that your body responds and starts to heal itself.
The best approach to tender scar tissue is to combine these two methods into one. If you start by relieving the tension indirectly through the nervous system, you will desensitize the area after a week or two.
When most of the tension is released, you can utilize the direct approach and break up the remaining scar tissue with a foam roller or tennis ball. This won’t be as painful, and you will still see all of the results.
If you would like to try this out, you can watch my series of online videos called The Comfort Zone where you will find the 11 stretches that release the tension in your knees. Click here to get started with the Comfort Zone stretches.
I know this method is not your mainstream solution, but if you have trouble with painful scar tissue, passive stretching lets your nervous system unwind. And this release lets the pain melt away.