Types of scars and treatments
I've been treating chronic pain patients for many years, and a few years ago, started treating patients with scars. After recently attending an advanced scar release course it became clear to me how many problems a single scar can cause. It made me think about the scars that I have on my body and how they might relate to pain. I should tell you that I've been lucky-- I haven't really experienced persistent pain until recently--when my 18 pound in- your- face- Tibetan Terrier decided that he wanted to play- HARD! He jumped up, pushing with both front paws on my shoulder. Since the pain has not gone away after two months, I began to wonder if my scars could have anything to do with the pain.
Have you ever had a scar on your body and you were worried about how it looked? We may be worries about how scars look, but we are finding out that scars really affect how our bodies function.
There are many different types of scars:
- Normal surgical scars Keloid scars - A raised scar after an injury has healed
- Hypertrophic scars – Similar to a Keloid scar, but typically not as large.
- Atrophic scars – usually caused from acne
- Contracture scars – commonly caused by burns
Do you have any scars like the ones listed above? If you do, think about this: How do scars adversely influence our bodies? Trauma (or a scar) disrupts energy transmission of the cells by damaging the cellular walls and cutting off localized cellular communications. These electrical disturbances can produce “interference fields”. It is hard to believe, but scars can actually influence chronic pain by causing structural changes in the body, changing the electrical connection and creating emotional imbalances.
Some of the physical traumas that can cause scarring and thus "interference" include surgery, accidents, deep cuts, biopsies, dental procedures, fractures, vaccinations, burns, tattoos, bunionectomies, gallbladder surgeries, tonsillectomies, facial injuries, breast reduction surgery, laparotomy, tummy tucks, and C-sections. Some non-physical trauma includes infections, illness, or emotional trauma. Other interference can come from birthmarks, moles, the umbilicus, and third nipples.
We are finding that scars in certain places may consistently affect certain parts of the body. For example, abdominal scars have been known to influence pain at the head, arms, neck, back, legs.
Digestion and even our reproductive functions can also be affected. Even small scars can be highly reactive and cause problems.
So how does SRT (Scar Release Therapy) fit in? A study was done on scar release therapy and its effect on C-section related pain. After one treatment of SRT, the average pain relief reported by patients was 80.1% and their pain dramatically reduced even more after just five days from the initial treatment. To the researcher’s surprise, 76% of the people experienced pain relief far from the scar itself.
This suggests that chronic pain is not just a localized phenomenon, but that it has centralized roots and that the causes of chronic pain can be associated with abdominal scars and adhesions caused by surgery, markings on the body such as birthmarks, stretch marks, scars from vaccinations, and scars from cuts. Researches are also finding that age activates a scar. The older the scar the more directly involved it is with the patient's current dysfunction.
What are some of the indicators that might cause you to think that the scars on your body are related to this “interference” or persistent pain?
- If you and your dysfunction are not responding to traditional therapies.
- If it is worsened after another type of treatment.
- All symptoms are located on one side of the body.
- You have a history of trauma scars or major abdominal surgery.
If you have experienced any of these or have unexplained chronic pain not responding to treatment, consider looking into the use of scar relief therapy--success from the use of this type of treatment might surprise you!