This is an image of a piece of Rocktape on a chest scar.
A few weeks back, I saw Jackie Wu for a session. My left lateralis was really bugging me, after having it gotten super fired up after attending Animal Flow Level 1. We figured out that my chest scar, a scar that has grown into a keloid from a bunch of zits that I squeezed way back when I was a teenager, was causing some of the problems with my left lateralis, and consequently with my left hip.
All it took was to put a small square of Rocktape and stretched in the right direction to increase my performance, both strength and endurance, onto my chest scar. How crazy is that!?!?!
Not so crazy. When I took NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT), we talked a lot about scars. If a client ever showed up with some, it was advised to go directly to those first and determine if they were involved in the complaint.
Research has shown that scars of any sort – from road rash from a bike crash, a squeezed zit gone bad, to an operation major or minor – can yield a disruption of the transfer of efferent and afferent information by the nervous system. Translation – muscles across the body do not coordinate well and performance suffers.
Once you determine a scar is involved, then what can you do? It may be that a piece of tape can improve things greatly. There are also techniques to help resolve the disturbed tissue that a scar is comprised of. No matter what, if you have reached a performance plateau and you just realized you have some scars on your body, it is worthwhile to have them checked out and get some resolution on them. You may find, as I did, that performance will increase dramatically.
A few weeks ago I forgot about taping my scar. I worked out each week but was finding I was getting tired earlier and earlier, and I seemed to be hitting a plateau. Then I remembered my session with Jackie and taped my scar. Instantly, my performance went up and I started progressing again. Go figure.
Taping is a stop gap until I find some time to get with someone who can help me resolve the scar. There are massage techniques that can help, and not too long ago I was playing with Frequency Specific Microcurrent to help break up the scar tissue. So many potential ways to do this, and I for one am tired of hitting plateaus in my training.