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What type of massage can help break up scar tissue?

A type of massage called friction massage helps separate adhesions that restrict movement and cause pain. This massage is not relaxing, because the technique is to massage in the opposite direction of the muscle fibers, tendon, or scar. This will help break up the scar tissue.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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