Scar Integration Technique: the overlooked key to resolving chronic or recurrent pain.

If you are looking for relief from a chronic or recurrent pain, one factor to consider is the impact that scars can have on resolving your discomfort. Surgery to remove an appendix (appendectomy), repair a groin hernia, or a Caesarian section can all cause pain not only in the surrounding joints, but also dysfunction throughout the body. Whether the scars are recent or decades old, it is worth investigating the impact they can have on how you feel.This article will provide you with an overview as to how scars may affect your health.

Scars are the body’s natural way of repairing wounds to the skin and other tissues. Whether trauma is from an accident, disease or surgery, the healing process results in some degree of scarring. 

Scar tissue has a different texture and quality to surrounding, undamaged tissue. It is drier and less elastic. Areas of the body that have scarring will be less flexible. This lack of flexibility will not only affect the local area, but can have an effect on mobility throughout the body. In order to understand this, it is helpful to look at the structure of the body.

The entire body is connected and supported by one continuous fabric called fascia. It covers, surrounds, separates and organizes all the major structures of the body including muscles, nerves and blood vessels. As this tissue runs from head to toe, changes in its tension,such as from scarring, will have an effect not only locally but in areas far removed from the actual scar.

(To give a practical example of this : if you were to stand with three other people each holding one corner of a bed sheet, and then a weight was placed in the middle of the sheet, all four people would feel a change in tension on their corner of the sheet.)

Our fascia can become strained by the scars of common surgeries such an appendectomy or a Caesarian section. These scars result in forward and inward pulling forces on the back and pelvis that can cause compression in the joints of the low back and hips. This can lead to back and hip pain. In addition, this abdominal scarring will pull downward on the upper trunk causing tension in the neck and shoulder girdle with resultant pain and stiffness in these areas.

Frequently performed operations such as: knee ligament repair, hip replacements, hernia repair, uterine fibroid removal, prostatectomy, heart valve repair, cosmetic surgery including facelifts, and dental procedures such as implants all result in scarring that could potentially lead to tightness and pain.

Katrine Cakuls uses refined, gentle yet effective hands-on treatment to mobilize scarring locally and in related tissues throughout the body that have been strained by
scars.

As the strains of the scarring are released and movement improves, your body will be able to heal itself.

Tension across muscles will normalize, so they are doing only the amount of work that they were designed to do.

This decrease in muscle strain will result in decreased inflammation and so decreased pain.

Blood vessels will be able to more readily bring nutrients to inflamed areas and take away toxic bi-products of inflammation, which results in less irritation, and so less pain.

Nerve signals will be better able to send their signals, allowing muscle tension and sensation to normalize.

As a summary, Scar Integration works to normalize tension in your body related to scars, resulting in freer, more comfortable movement and health achieved naturally.

Kostas Karanikolas