BRUISING: A TEMPORARY CONDITION IN THE QUEST FOR LONG-TERM PAIN RELIEF
What have I learned after treating Chronic Pain Patients day in and day out for over two and a half decades? For one, how utterly desperate these patients are. It’s not uncommon for me to see patients who have been TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF several times over, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. Before they ever see me, they have typically been everywhere, seen everyone, and tried everything. I call it THE MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND. They have had test on top of test on top of diagnostic test. They have seen all sorts of specialists. They have been to pain clinics. They have tried every pill, potion, and procedure there is to try. These types of patients are ready and willing to let you beat them with an axe handle if they thought it would help —- but don’t worry; no axe handles here.
|This is the right shoulder of a 67 year old female who had been through two years of searching.|
|NECK PAIN & HEADACHES|
|This young lady was in a severe MVA almost a year prior to this, her first treatment.|
|NECK PAIN & HEADACHES|
|Believe it or not, this is the 7th or 8th treatment on this woman. After a severe MVA, she saw a chiro over five hundred visits.|
|This is the buttock of a young man who struggled with PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME — America’s number one cause of Sciatica.|
|CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN|
|By the time I saw her, this young lady (a volleyball player) had had X-rays, a CT-Scan, 3 MRI’s, several orthopedic consults, and lots of therapy.|
|This woman had been struggling with ELBOW TENDINOSIS for who-knows-how-long.|
How Painful Was That?
I won’t lie; Scar Tissue Remodeling isn’t the most fun thing you’ll ever do in your lifetime. It is, however, the only thing I have found that will truly break down the chronic SCAR TISSUE and Adhesions that can be the underlying cause of so many people’s Chronic Pain. This is critical because microscopic scar tissues in the form of FASCIAL RESTRICTIONS / ADHESIONS and TENDINOPATHIES — no matter THE CAUSE — are bad news! They must be dealt with if you want to have any chance of a functional recovery. If microscopic scarring is not dealt with effectively (sometimes that means HARSHLY), it will cause restrictions in the underlying tissues, as well as a loss of strength and range of motion that will eventually cause rapid and massive degenerative changes to the affected area. Think I am over-exaggerating? Those of you suffering with Chronic Pain know exactly what I am talking about!
As you have already learned from my website, scar tissue and adhesions are a chief cause of NUMEROUS PAIN SYNDROMES. When I break these dysfunctional tissues, I also break or rupture the tiniest blood vessels supplying the tissue (even Scar Tissue — aka FIBROSIS — has a blood supply). These microscopic vessels are called capillaries and when we break the capillary bed, they leak a small amount of blood into the tissue itself. This tiny amount of internal bleeding is otherwise known as ecchymosis — something we have all experienced to one degree or another many times over — a bruise. I fully realize that the bruising makes this form of therapy look scary. Understand however, that you control how intense treatment is. If you can tolerate having more scar tissue broken, I may break more. If your tolerance for having tissue broken is not high (hey; scar tissue is up to 1,000 times more pain sensitive than normal tissue — HERE), you will have to make a couple of extra trips to my office. Either way, we never go beyond what you can tolerate. The beautiful thing about this treatment is that you’ll know in JUST A SINGLE TREATMENT whether or not it is going to help. It’s why our visits are so simple (HERE).
As the body starts to metabolize and reabsorb the red blood cells that have leaked into the tissue surrounding the treated adhesion, the bruise will go through a series of color changes. It will turn from red to purple, purple to black & blue, black & blue to green, and green to yellow, before finally turning a brownish skin tone and fading completely away. This bruising is not something to be afraid of or alarmed about. It is normal for areas I treat to develop post-treatment bruising. Some people are ‘bruisers’ and they might look like they were run over by a Mack Truck (hey, it’s a great way to earn some sympathy points at home). Other people may bruise very little or not at all. Everyone is different.
So, in the case of our Scar Tissue Remodeling, bruising really can be a ‘good’ thing — a normal part of getting better. Your body will heal from this “Controlled Trauma” whether you assist it or not. Your compliance in following instructions and following the very specific STRETCHING PROTOCOLS that I will give you post-treatment will determine whether the area will heal correctly. Without your cooperation, your results will be greatly compromised. Fail to do the post-treatment stretches and you will not pull the adhesion apart after it’s broken (HERE). It will heal back into the twisted, tangled, inelastic, and dysfunctional ‘clump’ that you came in here with in the first place.