Need to know how to reduce scar tissue from a hamstring injury? Reducing scar tissue from a hamstring injury is a rather tedious process. First of all, scar tissue is made up of completely different elements than other tissues in the body. There is no way to totally remove scar tissue. You will have to learn to compensate for the scar tissue which will in turn reduce the annoyance and, in some cases, the pain that comes along with having scar tissue. Before we can begin the process of reducing scar tissue from your hamstring, you need to know what you're dealing with. Then you'll be better equipped to reduce the scar tissue from your hamstring.
- What is scar tissue? Scar tissue is a form of fibrous connective tissue. It's like your body's natural band-aid. It's more dense than the surrounding tissue because it doesn't receive the same amount of blood that normal tissue would get. It's make up is also a lot less complicated than other bodily tissues. It is limited in function, including movement, circulation and sensation. The problem with its limited mobility is it can hamper the productivity of the surrounding tissue. In the case of a hamstring, early on in your healing process you'll no doubt feel the scar tissue as it holds on to the surrounding tissues. Reducing the effects of the scar tissue will take a little dedication on your part.
- Let it heal. You have to let the healing process run its course before you can begin to reduce the scar tissue in your hamstring. This of course means that you will have to gradually get back into activities involving extended hamstring usage. No excessive running though. If you go back out too soon, the scar tissue will rip, causing it to have to reform, adding even more of those thick fibers discussed earlier, which could greatly increase your discomfort. You can tell when you're ready to begin reducing the effects of the scar tissue because there will be limited or no pain when performing activities that involve using your hamstrings.
- Work it out. The first step to reducing scar tissue is to slowly get back into the activities that involve using your hamstring. If you ran before the injury, start back walking. After you've walked for a while and there's no pain, pick it up to a jog. Another helpful trick is to do exercises that involve your hamstring with real low resistance. All of these actions help your regular tissues to get accustomed to the scar tissue. Plus, working out sends more blood through the tissue, which relieves pain as well.
- Back to normal. Eventually you'll get to the point where you don't even feel the difference any longer. Just remember to stretch before you work out and not to push yourself too hard until your hamstring can take the added pressure.