Filed Under (Uncategorized) by housemusic on 19-11-2011

I just started physical therapy, and the massage to break up adhesions is unbearable. My therapist works on my tendon and calf at the end of each session, and it is dreadful. He said I have to bear through it because the massage is essential to break up scarring and releasing skin that is “glued” to the tendon. Anyone with the same issue?


ahnadlass on 20 November, 2011 at 11:04 am #

Yes, my current PT likes to put some weight into it when he massages my scar, and that hurts quite a bit. I just changed PTs (because the new one is close to work) and the old one did not massage the scar quite as hard. The other thing that I am doing with respect to adhesions is using the LPG machine which is a bit like a vacuum cleaner - it grabs the tissue off the tendon as you pass the nozzle over the skin. That hurts as well but not quite as much as the massage

housemusic on 20 November, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

Thank you for your response. I will ask about that LPG machine, not sure my PT facility offers that.
I may be paranoid, but I worry the intense pressure/manipulation damaged the repair. At 9 weeks, the tendon may not be strong enough to withstand the harsh manipulaton What do you think?

corunninggirl on 20 November, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

Mine hurts as well when it is massaged. That is the part of my daily PT that I dislike. What I keep telling myself is that I have to do it so that it can get better. My PT told me the same thing about breaking up adhesions. When I self massage I use some Aquaphor on the skin or some other lotion. I put on the t.v. and try to find my happy place. The back of my heel is so tender, that is what is bothering me the most right now. Good luck with it, and personally don’t think that at 9 wks. post op. the massage could have damaged the achilles repair. To be sure, give your doctor a call and see what they say.

ryanb on 20 November, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

My PT uses a device similar to a syringe. It sucks the skin, allowing it to be pulled away and manipulated relative to the scar underneath. It’s not terribly pleasant, but I imagine it’s less painful than hard pressure would be.

housemusic on 21 November, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

corunninggirl and ryan,
Thanks for your comments. I am checking with the doctor tomorrow. At this stage, my tendon is feeling strange. It feels as it did when it originally ruptured. Difficult to explain, it is as if I had no control over it. I have been very careful but the PT sure massaged hard. Hopefully he did not damage it.

feedthegoat on 22 November, 2011 at 3:45 am #

yikes - and there was me thinking I was through the worst of it at 4 weeks. Perhaps I will ask to leave the plaster on :-)

raoul on 23 November, 2011 at 6:48 am #

I am dealing with my adhesions resulting from appendix removal 60 years ago. Recently had 16 sq inch adhesion removed with veins and nerves; it was an amputation! I work in 4 different ways to manage my pai: 1-massage, 2-PT, 3-cranial sacral, 4-diet with the last one getting the best results. Its the carbs, especially the sugar carbs that ferment (see “fodmap” for details) in intestines and start expanding intestines, which results in pulling adhesions that are connected to intestines. I have reduced carbs grams from about 260/day to about 150/day; big help, more than all body work. My adhesions have also connected to my facia on my legs; weird feeling. This area hardest to deal with

nrh on 19 March, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

I have an adhesion on the site of my achilles repair. It is 2 years later and the skin is still “stuck” to my achilles tendon.

It definitely restricts movement and I think it is on the exact spot where a stitch was. The stitch didn’t dissolve properly/quickly and I believe that is the reason for the severe adhesion.

Anyone have any advice on how to break up the adhesion?

Or anyone have the same experience?

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msw16 on 30 August, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

This is for nrh. I am just now reading your comment. I had the same issue with my surgery in Feb 2017. How have you recovered since your post was in 2012? I am looking for solutions to this issue. I had saline injections but they didn’t help that much. I continue to do massage but the skin stuck to my tendon. It looks bad. Any suggestions?

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