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    Default Breaking down subcutaneous scar tissue.

    For the uninitiated, I took an epic spill in a Speedweek criterium this spring. Slammed my hip into the pavement at 35-40mph without any asphalt burn to dissipate the impact:


    Massive internal hematoma that team "doctor" refused to drain. It healed after about 2 months, but left a massive wad of scar tissue sitting under my skin that you can actually see. No amount of rolling seems to break it down, and it hurts like a MF.

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    Doof= truth

    I just started getting ROLFing treatments before the end of the season.
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    i get a bonus. my ROLF therapist is SMOKING hot!
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    Default Re: Breaking down subcutaneous scar tissue.

    if you'd wear some bibs, we wouldn't see it

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    Try castor oil packs.

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    Hmmm, I should see if my insurance will cover ROLFing. Coach suggested the same as well (he had a hip replacement and has done much of the same), but his ins won't cover it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Hmmm, I should see if my insurance will cover ROLFing. Coach suggested the same as well (he had a hip replacement and has done much of the same), but his ins won't cover it.
    That is a tough angle to work however any deep tissue M.therapist worth their salt should be able to do this. It will not happen with just one or three sessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    That is a tough angle to work however any deep tissue M.therapist worth their salt should be able to do this. It will not happen with just one or three sessions.
    i have amazing insurance, but they laugh at alternative healing mumbo jumbo
    Maybe your GP can recommend a PT that does the deep tissue route, etc...
    "make the break"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chance Legstrong View Post
    i have amazing insurance, but they laugh at alternative healing mumbo jumbo
    Maybe your GP can recommend a PT that does the deep tissue route, etc...
    Dewd. Wake up, it's 2012 and M.therapists are state licensed and I take insurance...for instance. Work the system brother, if it was easy insurance providers would not make so much money (ouch).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Dewd. Wake up, it's 2012 and M.therapists are state licensed and I take insurance...for instance. Work the system brother, if it was easy insurance providers would not make so much money (ouch).
    sorry, i must've been asleep
    insurance is cool with the MTs not ROLFers and soothsayers
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    Default Re: Breaking down subcutaneous scar tissue.

    This doesn't add anything to the discussion but my knuckle is all scar tissue from the break this summer and my finger won't bend hardly at all as a result, the tendon has about an extra 3/8 of an inch to go because of all the crap in there. I've been tempted to buy an ultrasound parts washer and stick my finger in it to see if that'll loosen things up.

    All I have to add is that massage does work for stuff like that but it does take a few sessions to work completely. Already said, I'm just chiming in.

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    Default Re: Breaking down subcutaneous scar tissue.

    I have dealt with a similar issue over the past five years. Broke the right femur in 07', and although the surgery was not terribly invasive, it left pockets of scar tissue up and down the IT band.

    Rolling has helped, but only after many, many sessions.

    Have you tried one of Trigger Point's fancy new "Grid" rollers? They seem a bit stiffer than the standard all-foam roller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbrewste View Post
    I have dealt with a similar issue over the past five years. Broke the right femur in 07', and although the surgery was not terribly invasive, it left pockets of scar tissue up and down the IT band.

    Rolling has helped, but only after many, many sessions.

    Have you tried one of Trigger Point's fancy new "Grid" rollers? They seem a bit stiffer than the standard all-foam roller.
    Broke my femur this year - good to hear the rolling helped. Any other tips? I suppose I'll find a good LMT to thrash me.
    Start slow, then taper off.

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    Default Re: Breaking down subcutaneous scar tissue.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom View Post
    This doesn't add anything to the discussion but my knuckle is all scar tissue from the break this summer and my finger won't bend hardly at all as a result, the tendon has about an extra 3/8 of an inch to go because of all the crap in there. I've been tempted to buy an ultrasound parts washer and stick my finger in it to see if that'll loosen things up.

    All I have to add is that massage does work for stuff like that but it does take a few sessions to work completely. Already said, I'm just chiming in.
    I had something similar second yr. college. A lab accident and a very large ragged cut. After it completely healed I had only 50% mobility. It took about 3 months of fussing with it to convince all the scar tissue to mobilize. Get er done son, don't try to do it all at once.

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    It's getting better. I do enjoy breaking up meetings that are past their useful time by massaging my pinkie under the table...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbrewste View Post
    I have dealt with a similar issue over the past five years. Broke the right femur in 07', and although the surgery was not terribly invasive, it left pockets of scar tissue up and down the IT band.

    Rolling has helped, but only after many, many sessions.

    Have you tried one of Trigger Point's fancy new "Grid" rollers? They seem a bit stiffer than the standard all-foam roller.
    Got one. LOVE it. Want to try one of their balls, too: 2012 Trigger Point Starter Set - Competitive Cyclist

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    Do give the castor oil packs a try, I've personally have seen it heal scar tissue and even benign tumors. I'll keep my "alternative" agenda to myself for the rest, but it's a cheap option that won't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -HvA- View Post
    Do give the castor oil packs a try, I've personally have seen it heal scar tissue and even benign tumors. I'll keep my "alternative" agenda to myself for the rest, but it's a cheap option that won't hurt.
    i hope you don't think i was calling you out with "alternative" agenda...
    i was talking about my insurance and their view of ROLFing.
    "make the break"

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    Quote Originally Posted by -HvA- View Post
    Do give the castor oil packs a try, I've personally have seen it heal scar tissue and even benign tumors. I'll keep my "alternative" agenda to myself for the rest, but it's a cheap option that won't hurt.
    I think I will when I get home Monday - sounds like it could be a lovely rainy-day activity...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chance Legstrong View Post
    i hope you don't think i was calling you out with "alternative" agenda...
    i was talking about my insurance and their view of ROLFing.
    Not at all, I just try to be tactful about non-mainstream remedies or whatever you want to call it, some people really don't care for it and I respect that.

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