Scars really do run deep
Article written by Paul Heeler
The importance of Scar Tissue Release Therapy is only recently being realized. Previously, due to an insufficient awareness of the physiological effects that scars can have upon all parts of the body, health professionals had generally overlooked the importance of such treatment.
Recognised as the body having healed itself, scars themselves present a fine supposition that all is now better. But every scar, even those from early childhood, to others left after surgery, can have surprisingly pronounced effects upon all parts of the body. For the body is enveloped within one unbroken sheath, the fascia. This fascia links every part of our being to every other part of our being, so that, should this sheath be damaged, such disruption, even after the wound has healed, can lead to significant physical or mental effects upon other parts of the body, even restricting movement and/or the proper functioning of our organs.
Scar tissue release therapy is a simple yet powerful means of eradicating the long-term complications and pains caused when the fascial matrix, by the chronic presence of scars, is set in tension within and against itself.
Years of experience in osteopathy and surrounding fields have allowed me to confirm the importance of Scar Tissue Release Therapy, treating certain scars that, not recognised by more traditional medical practitioners, had been causing profound physiological problems for my patients. These problems may have been caused by a scar long forgotten or deemed insignificant. Yet every scar, as it pulls upon the otherwise balanced matrix of the fascia, is bound to have some effect. Not all scars will cause problems - there being a remarkable elasticity within the matrix - but all have the potential to do so.
Scar Tissue & Adhesions
Normally, when the wound is fully healed, the body would hope to eliminate scar and adhesion tissues, both internally and externally.
But sometimes it is unable to break down this dense fibrous tissue and this can cause a compensatory knock-on effect that passes beyond the original zone of scarring and into the rest of the body.
Almost every lesion, save perhaps the smallest, will result in some form of scarring... and while scars are the result of the body effecting essential physical repairs with the creation of a biological protection barrier over the wound, these scars will never have the same functionality as the original tissues they replace.
Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that anchor and support a wound, usually found for eg after general surgery, orthopedic operations or inflammation/infection, say, within the abdominal/pelvic cavity, and peritoneum. These adhesions do not always lead to problems, but if they do, they can be both widespread and severe.