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Re: torn calf muscle

Re: torn calf muscle

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Posted by steve A on November 11, 1999 at 11:49:43:

In Reply to: torn calf muscle posted by Katrina on October 27, 1999 at 06:46:15:

: I did a major tear in my left calf muscle approx 18 months ago, and have since done 3-4 little tears since. Even though I had extensive physiotherapy each time it has happened, and have done calf strengthing exercises. I still have a lot scar tissue in the calf and still have problems with it. Does anyone have any other ideas on treatment of this.

: Would appreciate any advice.

When you injure muscle you should give it a long rehabilitation period ; scince scar tissue sites are more likely to tear again as they are not as elastic as normal healthy muscle .
This does not mean that you should lay off exercise but do light exercise and build it very slowly so that undue stress is not paced on the incalf.
What you also have to realise is that your calf wont be as strong as it was before so you will have to decrease the load placed on your calf ie you cannot train as intensively as pre injury.
If the scar is not due to a cut or open wound and also depending on the direction of the scar tissue{The muscle fibres run more-or-less from North to South; So if the scar tissue cuts across [worst case West to East] then that area will be more prone to injury and masage less effective} then massage may help. If you go to A health shop and find out what is good for scars .you can use it to massage it in. Some good ones are aloe vera, cocoa butter (you may wish to try comfrey oil- Although strictly speaking this is more for broken bones), mix them together and use then as massge ointment. Before the massage soften that area up with very warm water with some of the ointment dissolved in it using a flannel.

Masssage on scar tissue is alright as long as it is not recent. When massaging , massage in the the direction of the fibres.
This is a long shot but you could also try magnetic therapy- pulsed or static.

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