Back in October I suffered a torn pectoral; over 70% of the tendon seperated from my humerous and the muscle tore horizontally below my clavicle. The tendon was successfully reattached. My inept surgeon performed a second operation in an attempt to sew the muscle which predictably did not succeed. Worse, the surgical opening got infected. So in addition to being opened up twice for operations, I was opened a third time to wash out the infection. Finally, I hope I am on the road to recovery.
Would deep tissue massage help my recovery? I realize I will have to do rehab and take it slow and steady, however, I am wondering how the damage will affect my training. Can I still work my upper pec area? Can I overhead press? I am 51, and had been benching very sparingly prior to my injury due to problems with my opposite shoulder sustained in a car accident. My bench was in the area of 335, and I had 225 on the bar for 8 reps when I was hurt.
The surgeon said I should recoup close to 100% of what I was, however, I am terrified of retearing my pec. At this point in my life I am more interested in appearance than strength. What about pre-exhausting my chest with flies then dumbell benching with a lighter weight? Perhaps the same concept for shoulders? Any ideas would be a help.