The Hidden Effect of Scars on Your Health
Feb 25, 2016 09:48PM
by Juliet Mathison
Did you know that a scar on one part of the body can cause pain somewhere else, as well as organ dysfunction and possibly a subsequent illness? A scar is often the hidden culprit in mystery illnesses or unresolved pain patterns that have not responded to conventional treatments.
How is that possible? Let’s delve a little deeper into what is happening physiologically when tissue is either cut or torn, then grows back together to heal the wound. It is helpful to have some understanding of Chinese Medicine, since both Eastern and Western medical models apply here. The Chinese Medical map of the human body shows 12 bi-lateral channels, plus two midline channels known as meridians.
These channels circulate the bio-electrical life force (qi) of their corresponding organs throughout the body in rhythmic cycles that mediate the balance required for healthy living. If a surgical incision cuts through one or more of these channels, the corresponding organ can become compromised. This is clearly illustrated by the preponderance of digestive problems in women who have had breast surgery, whether for implants, mastectomy or reconstruction. The stomach channel travels vertically through the breast. C-section scars can also be responsible for a variety of digestive disturbances, not to mention chronic low back pain.
In addition to disrupting meridian flow, trauma and surgery also cut through muscles, nerves, lymphatic vessels and connective tissue. The structural integrity of the musculoskeletal system can be significantly compromised as a result. Fascia is a type of connective tissue that envelops and interpenetrates every major structure in the body. Fascia is particularly susceptible to scarring. Fascial scarring is often the cause of seemingly unexplainable pain in a different part of the body. A mysterious pain in the shoulder can sometimes be caused by an old injury or surgery to the opposite ankle or foot.
A simplified analogy can be helpful here. Imagine a baby romper—that all-in-one garment with poppers up the front. If you were to cut a hole in the foot of the garment then sew it back up, there would be slightly less fabric in the baby romper. There would also be more tension in the garment which would be felt most significantly at the furthest point from where the tension was pulling—the opposite shoulder. The shoulder muscles respond to this tension, and a compensation pattern emerges. This can be experienced as pain, dysfunction and restricted mobility. The cause and effect occur in different parts of the body. This concept is not yet widely understood. Some different manifestations of the possible effects of scars are illustrated in the following examples:
Kathy and Mark, a healthy couple in their late thirties had been trying to start a family for seven years. For the past five years, every fertility specialist they had seen had told them the same thing: “There is nothing wrong with either of you.” While Kathy was receiving treatment for a knee injury, a large scar was noted on the inside of her lower leg. Kathy agreed to the suggestion that she undergo scar release therapy, even though the injury had occurred when she was 13 years old. There is an important acupuncture point located on the inside of the lower leg. This point is a confluence of three “yin” (female) channels, and it influences reproductive health and fertility, among other things. Kathy’s scar was located directly above this important point and was blocking the flow of qi through those three channels. Three months later, Kathy joyfully announced that she was pregnant.
Dorothy developed a facial tic a few months after having surgery to correct two hammerhead toes on her left foot. Nine months later, Dorothy received scar release therapy to relieve this foot pain. The facial tic subsequently disappeared, together with the foot pain. The incision had cut through the stomach channel which ends in the second toe. This channel originates—you guessed it—on the face.
Sometimes, inflammatory scar tissue exists inside the body, but is not visible from the outside. This can be helped with enzyme therapy and by adopting an anti–inflammatory, gluten-free diet. Proteolytic enzymes such as nattokinase and serrapeptase dissolve the fibrin in scar tissue, helping it to soften and normalize. Adequate intake of essential fatty acids is also important.
Scar release therapy can assist with a broad range of scar related conditions. Bio-compatible therapeutic micro-current is used to release constricted connective tissue, correct de-polarized scar tissue, relieve pain and restore meridian flow to the affected organs. Physical appearance and texture of scars can also be reduced, while minimizing scar sensitivity. Scars affecting the musculoskeletal system can be treated with scar release therapy, immediately followed by structural realignment to restore function and mobility.
For most simple scars, one treatment is sufficient. More complex cases, however, may require two treatments. In addition, post-treatment homecare could include shea butter, myrrh, elemi essential oil and carrot seed oil. These are helpful natural remedies to nourish and soften the scar tissue, as well as restore elasticity to the skin.
Juliet Mathison is a Specialized Kinesiologist trained in Micro-current Scar Release Therapy directly under Dr. Bruce Hocking, developer of the technique. Mathison has over 25 years of experience providing pain relief and rehabilitation from injury, surgery or trauma of any kind. For more information, call 770-465-629 4or visit LifeSpectrumInstitute.com.