Are You Scarred for Life?
Scar tissue can cause many problems, including:
- Limited range of motion
- Decreased circulation
- Interference of sensory and motor nerve function
Scar tissue is a natural reaction of the body to trauma. It forms as part of the inflammatory and healing processes.
Scars can be found on any tissue on the body, with the most common sites being skin, surgical incisions, sites of trauma and internal organs.
Scar tissue is composed of the same protein (collagen) as the tissue that it replaces. However, instead of the random basket weave formation of collagen fibers found in normal tissue, the collagen cross-links and forms a pronounced alignment in a single direction.
This leads to tougher, inelastic tissue that lacks properties such as UV absorption, circulation, and flexibility that are found in normal connective tissue.
Internal scarring has the additional problem of forming adhesions, or “glued” fibers. These adhesions can compromise organ function, causing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, painful periods, painful intercourse and other problems related to the specific organ affected.
Some common places for scar tissue to form include:
- Neck, back and extremities (joints), where it can cause stiffness, loss of strength, soreness, knots, misalignment and pain.
- Caesarian section incision, which leads to back pain, organ dysfunction, frequent urination, and restricted lymph flow to the lower extremities.
- Appendectomy incision, which can cause local pain, digestive troubles and adhesions between the intestines and abdominal wall.
- Other surgical incisions, which can affect range of motion and cause pain.
There are several approaches to treating scar tissue that I have found to be effective. They include manual therapy techniques (myofascial release and Instrument Soft Tissue Manipulation) and dry needling.
These techniques help restore function to inflexible tissue, normalize cellular metabolism and organ function, and reduce or eliminate pain.
Many chronic and unexplained painful conditions are the result of scar tissue and adhesions. Fortunately, you don’t have to be scarred for life