Help For Scars and Myofascial Restrictions

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October is Breast Health Awareness Month. Many women who have had breast surgery suffer from discomfort due to scarring, soft tissue restrictions, or lymphedema. These conditions can often be helped by instrument-assisted myofascial release.

Dr. Alexander uses two instruments in her practice to help with myofascial and scar release. One is the Vibracussor. This was originally developed by the osteopath Robert Fulford. It is a hand-held instrument that percusses the soft tissue and can be set to differing levels of intensity depending on patient comfort. It can be used on restricted soft tissue while moving a joint through ranges of motion in order to restore more normal movement. It can also be used along the muscles in the direction of lymph flow, helping lymphedema.

Dr Alexander also uses Graston Technique. Graston is an instrument-assisted technique for soft-tissue mobilization that is very helpful in releasing scar adhesions and myofascial restrictions. It is gentle, non-invasive, and effective. It can be used for many conditions other than scar tissue release.

Using either or both modalities, progress can be seen in four to six treatments, sometimes fewer. Properly used, results can be long-lasting and can help alleviate or reverse conditions that seemed permanent.

One of her most rewarding cases was working on a woman who had a double mastectomy. She loved to windsurf, but could no longer raise her left arm high enough because of her surgical scar. She had also lost normal range of motion in her left shoulder.Dr Alexander used both the Vibracussor and Graston in addition to adjusting her. She eventually moved from Annapolis to Oregon, but before she went, enough range of motion had been restored so that she could easily windsurf again. Needless to say, she was very pleased.

Dr. Alexander, D. C. practices at Ridgely Retreat. She offers a 15 minute no-charge consultation. She can be reached at 443-433-0463.