By Dr. Carla Garcia, D.O.M.
Scar tissue forms to replace skin that has been damaged by surgery or injury. Scars are part of the natural healing process but they can contribute to unexplained pain, constipation and seemingly unrelated health issues.
It is not uncommon for there to be residual pain or discomfort around a scar. This happens because during scar formation, the collagen fibers that form too close the wound can attach to deeper tissues like muscles, tendons, organs or fascia. These attachments or adhesions between the deeper tissues work against each other and limit normal function or movement.
Nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, and meridians cannot communicate normally across the scar tissue. In fact, the temperature of a scar can vary by as much as 2°C from the surrounding tissue and the electrical resistance of scars has been found to be 10 times greater than that of normal skin. Increased resistance to electrical messaging between the tissues can lead to pain and dysfunction. Scars are areas where the “wires” for intracellular communication have been severed or kinked preventing healthy communication. For example, patients with appendectomy scars with chronic migraines were tested and when the scars were pressed in a particular manner, their headaches were relieved. Injury to one part of our body can lead to pain and dysfunction in an entirely different area; a fact widely accepted in Oriental medicine.
Every scar in the body should be treated because it is negatively affecting something in the body. Even the smallest scars from years ago can benefit from scar therapy. Scar evaluation is an important part of Biological Medicine and oftentimes simply treating a scar can provide relief from pain, constipation, headaches, shortness of breath, and more.
Because injections are done directly into the scar where there is little or no sensation, there is minimal discomfort associated with scar therapy. Many of our patients have experienced relief from this simple treatment.
I had an inguinal hernia repair in 1980 resulting in a 10 inch scar on my lower abdomen that was not particularly painful but I felt a pinching sensation and tenderness in the area, especially with exercise. After just one treatment the pinching sensation in my abdomen is drastically minimized. The scar cuts across the liver meridian and recent blood work shows that my elevated liver enzymes are better. Are they related? Who knows, but I am happy that the pinching pain is gone and my blood work is better. – M.G., Albuquerque