Problems Caused by Scar Tissue
Our internal body is covered in a thin, gelatinous layer of connective tissue called fascia. This intricate system of fibers protects and insulates muscles, organs, nerves and vessels. It’s sturdy enough to provide support but also allows our tissues to glide, roll and shift around each other; this is referred to as motility or mobility and it’s necessary for normal movement and function. When injury occurs, however, the normally smooth and pliable cells of the organ, muscle or nerves are replaced with scar tissue.
Scars are a normal part of the healing process. They develop to repair trauma from incisions, cuts or tears, or in response to infection and inflammation. Sometimes, scar tissue is caused by a disease process such as endometriosis or fibromyalgia. In addition to the visible changes on the surface of the skin, fibrous bands of tissue, called adhesions, develop in the muscles, connective tissue and organs below. These bands of scare tissue can attach any two adjacent surfaces and cause the tissues to become bonded together, subsequently decreasing freedom of movement. Oftentimes adhesions are asymptomatic and people may not even be aware of their presence. However, in many men and women, scars and the subsequent limits in mobility can lead to pelvic pain, abdominal pain, infertility, poor organ function and muscle imbalances. Fascia restrictions can create postural problems as well and contribute to back or neck pain; and may even cause abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation and/or different types of incontinence.
Scar tissue problems may develop over time because adhesions can become denser, tighter and more restrictive years after the initial injury and may also spread to surrounding connective tissue. This is one of the reasons diagnosing or finding a cause of certain types of pain is difficult; the onset may happen years after the initial insult and so the symptoms seem to appear at random. As a result, the physiological effects of scars are often not acknowledged by other health care professionals and the importance of scar tissue therapy is often overlooked. At OptimaLiving we know the importance of proper scar therapy and have created a special release and rehabilitation program to address this complex need.
Benefits of Scar Tissue Release & Rehabilitation
- Release trapped nerve endings
- Improve circulation
- Increase mobility and tissue/organ motility
- Improve organ function
- Experience pain-free sex
- Decrease or prevent keloids and scar visibility
- Restore muscle balance and strength
- Learn relaxation techniques
- Move without restrictions, fear or pain
Conditions that Benefit from Scar Tissue Rehabilitation
- Perineal tears or episotomy
- Painful breast/post-surgical pain
- Caesarean birthing scars
- Laprocopic surgiers
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Inguinal Hernial repair
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Prolapse repair
- Prostate resection or reduction
- Accidents and trauma
- Connective tissue disorders
Scar Tissue Release Protocol
Our PelleRipare Scar Therapy Program uses a mind-body approach to reduce pain, increase motility, promote circulation and restore function. We utilize specialized release techniques including myofascial release, internal and external scar specific massage, skin rolling, trigger point release and IASTM; essential oils to soften the tissue, increase pliability and promote circulation; and revolutionary modalities to facilitate repair and remodeling of the tissue.
Early Scar Treatment is Best
To reduce the risk of developing scar pain and complications, we believe treatment should start as soon as possible after surgery or delivery. All scar tissue has the potential to become problematic and there is no way to predict which scars will eventually cause pain. We do know that scar tissue pain is a common complaint of new mothers and is often the cause of painful intercourse following labor and delivery. That's why early treatment is the best course of action. Remember the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".