Can We Repair Muscle After An Injury?


Injured Muscle

    
After 2 Weeks of Mechanical Stimulation

Major injuries can lead to extensive scarring, fibrous tissue, and loss of muscle function. A 2016 study out of Harvard took a look at the process of muscle regeneration after an injury. They found that mechanical stimulation of healing muscle led to a 2.5-fold improvement in muscle regeneration and a decrease in the formation of scar tissue. Direct stimulation of muscle tissue increases the transport of oxygen, nutrients, fluids, and waste removal from the site of the injury. This speeds up the healing process and decreases the amount of permanent damage in the area. This is why we spend so much of our time on adjusting, soft tissue, and corrective exercise. Further, this is why it is so important to get treatment quickly after an injury, before the formation of scar tissue has fully set in.

Once scarring or fibrosis has set in, treatment becomes extremely important. Fibrosis will change the way muscles and joints move, causing premature wear and tear and leading to further injury. Once a tissue has become damaged it becomes much easier to re-injure that tissue until it is managed appropriately. If you or someone you know has been experiencing chronic or recurring pain, get it treated properly before it becomes harder to deal with.

Source: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/01/mechanical-stimulation-shown-to-repair-muscle/

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