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N e w ! A B M P P o c k e t P a t h o l o g y a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / a b m p - p o c k e t - p a t h o l o g y - a p p . 53 SCAR Not Breakable, But Changeable By Catherine Ryan TISSUE There are a few manual therapy idioms that persist without merit. Such things provoke me to come out swinging—in a clinician/science-nerd kind of way. Breaking down mature scar tissue is one of those phrases. "Breaking" implies severing, akin to surgical lysis (cutting scar tissue within the body). There is no evidence that manual therapy is capable of such a thing—it's physiologically implausible. Also, such a phrase can evoke client recoil, and that alone is enough reason to stop saying it, but I'll add some evidence to support my position. N e w ! A B M P P o c k e t P a t h o l o g y a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / a b m p - p o c k e t - p a t h o l o g y - a p p . 53

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