By Eric and Chris Martinez (DDT)
DDT: Could you give us a little background info on who Jim Judevine is?
Jim: I grew up in a small town north of Truckee, CA as a sports nut. Played baseball, basketball, and football year round like a lot of kids. Began weight training in high school and continued to increase my knowledge as I went further in sports. I played college baseball at SDSU and worked with the training staff for years on increased performance and improved recovery time from various injuries. After baseball, I worked as a personal trainer at Fitness Advantage in San Diego while I finished my pre-med studies. As I went through chiropractic college, I studied massage and a specific sports treatment technique for removing adhesions and scar tissue called Active Release Techniques. I have been helping patients and athletes recover better and faster for 17 years now.
DDT: Since Active Release Therapy is your specialty, can you tell us what scar tissue is?
Jim: Scar tissue is collagen (type 2) tissue. It is the key in our body’s ability to get over injuries. In general, we would all die quickly without this process in place.
DDT: We have a lot of everyday gym goers reading this, so why is it so important to remove scar tissue in the human body?
Jim: At times, the human body can produce too much scar tissue, or more often than not, put the scar tissue in the wrong orientation with the surrounding muscle/tendon tissue. If this scar tissue is not broken down so that the body can replace it with the appropriate amount and in the right direction, the collagen tissue interferes with the muscles, tendons and nerves in the area. It will make your muscles from contracting to their fullest amount. It will cause them to fatigue more quickly. It will adhere to nerve tissue and cause numbness, tingling, and pain down the extremities. This leads to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, rotator cuff strains, patellar tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Unfortunately these conditions are often misdiagnosed or worse yet, people chose life altering surgical interventions that are not necessary.
DDT: How specifically does scar tissue affect one’s training in the gym and overall daily activities?
Jim: Like I mentioned above, “bad” scar tissue can cause a decrease in strength, decrease in endurance, and an increased susceptibility to further injury.
DDT: So how do we get rid of this scar tissue?
Jim: I use my hands. I do deep myofascial release. The key is that the tissue must be moved through its full range of “healthy” motion while the scar tissue is “dug” out. Then the patient must be diligent with at home stretching and icing to assist your own body in reapplying scar tissue in the appropriate areas that will not restrict the muscles, tendons, and nerves.
DDT: Great info to know! What does Jim Judevine enjoy doing for fun? Please don’t hold back on us 😉
Jim: Well I depend on my body to provide for my family, so the crazy stuff from my youth is on the back shelf. I am a golf addict, love the mental and physical challenge that the game provides, as well as tennis, hiking, skiing, and of course training in the gym.
DDT: Jim, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to educate us and our readers on the importance of removing scar tissue.
Jim: Thanks guys! Good luck in 2013.
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