Last night I turned over in bed and all of a sudden I had a merry Explosion of pain in my back. It still aches pretty badly this morning. Over this past 14 months I’ve noticed intermittent back pain that I had been chalking up to back weakness.
But according to THIS research paper abstract, 10% of their test group had chronic back pain as a complication after a latissimus flap breast reconstruction.
Chronic pain is defined as being long lasting but intermittent. According to this informed consent form, chronic back pain may occur when nerves become trapped in the ensuing scar tissue.
I have been told by massage therapists that cross fiber friction massage can break up scar tissue. However, Dr. Elliott’s office told me that it really doesn’t make a difference and what helps the most is exercise. So we have differing opinions in evidence. So here, I have to ask myself, which one is helping me and which is helping himself?
The massage therapist receives a fee for each massage and it takes multiple massages to “break up the adhesions”. Yes, they call the scar tissue adhesions even though the ONLY place there can BE adhesions is when the abdominal wall grows onto the lower intestinal tract (or adheres) after abdominal surgery. The doctor’s office has nothing to gain by promoting excercise.
Add to that, there are not studies that I have found that advocate for cross fiber friction massage as a treatment for this particular type of chronic back pain. If there are, I would love to read them and would happily change my assertions.