Why is the treatment of scar tissue so important?
There are so many reasons! But one of the most important pieces of research on the subject was conducted by Karl Lewit MD and Sarka Olsanska in their report entitled Clinical Importance of Active Scars: Abnormal scars as a cause of myofascial pain.
Their paper from 2002 stated, in conclusion:
“If the scar is…untreated, it may be the cause of therapeutic failure and recurrence.”
This profound statement is the singular most important reason why it is important to know how to effectively treat scar tissue.
What does this mean for you, the practitioner?
If the scar is making any impact on the surrounding tissues and structure there is a high probability that your treatment outcome will be either ineffective or only partially effective.
If you have to repeatedly re-treat that same client week in, week out – check to see if there is any scar (or even fibrous tissue) that could account for the inability of your work to be sustained.
The interconnected and continual ‘webbing’ of fascia is interrupted by a scar. The fibrous and tightly bound collagen fibres of the scar inhibit free movement in the same way a tight shirt can restrict your movement.
The scar can be remote from the problem area. For example, a scar from appendix surgery can cause shoulder restrictions or low back discomfort. A scar on the toe or foot can affect hip, knee and low back function. A wide range of biomechanical restrictions can be unlocked with MSTR® work.
If we take one example of a very common surgery, a transverse C-section, can interrupt perhaps 5 or 6 different energy pathways.
From case study reports we know other health problems, such as acid reflux or other gastric problems, can improve from the treatment of the C-section. Other improvements can include bowel disorders and headaches – all from treating the C-section scar.
Emotional and psychological effects
Some scars (especially those from trauma) can be particularly distressful to some people. They may not like their scar. They may not want to even touch it. Their scar represents the event that created that scar.
The scar may bring up feelings of fear, anger, hate, disgust, self-image problems and so forth. Even feelings of worthlessness can be associated with that scar.
It seems that as the scar itself normalises (as feelings return to the scar, fibrous tissue softens and it begins to feel ‘natural’ again) then those negative emotions also start to recede. We have many examples and experiences where all those feelings simply start to disappear as the scar feels to integrate and become a part of the ‘whole’ again.
All these reasons – and more – mean that you really shouldn’t ignore the effects of scars.
Now you can learn how to address those scars effectively and efficiently. Read more…