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What is a Scar?

A scar is an area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after a wound.  With the exception of minor injuries, most wounds will leave a scar, appearing after healing is complete.  The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue, is generally less flexible and is of inferior functional quality (eg. sweat glands and hair follicles do not grow back).

The appearance of scars can vary, and is dependent on the age of the person, heredity, genetics and the severity of the injury.  The different types of scars are:

  1. Hypertrophic scars are raised and red and do not extend beyond the boundary of the original injury.

  2. Keloid scars are raised and red and extend beyond the boundaries of the original injury.

  3. Atrophic scars leave depressions in the skin caused when the underlying structures supporting the skin (muscle, fat) are lost.

  4. Contracture scars are often caused by burns.  They are flat, tight scars that constrict movement and may go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.

  5. Acne scars are pitted, caused by the stretching of pores.

  6. Stretch marks are also a form of scarring and can develop when skin is rapidly stretched (during pregnancy, significant weight gain, or adolescent growth spurts) or when the skin is put under tension during the healing process (usually near joints).

How Scars Can Affect a Person
How MPS Scar Release Therapy Works

The term ‘release’ refers to the releasing or relaxing of contracted and tightened tissue.  MPS (Microcurrent Point Stimulation) is the method used to release scars and is effective in treating all types of scars, from minor to large, deep, painful scars, significantly reducing the restrictions of scar tissue.

The use of the microcurrent probes on the tissue surrounding the scar creates a healing response.  Adhesions and scar tissue are broken down by the body, circulation is increased, and the lymphatic system removes the dead cells from the treated area.  Visible changes in the appearance of the scar will be seen, along with a gradual reduction in the tightness and restriction felt at the site of the scar from the scar itself and also from adhesions.

The number of treatments depends on the age of the scar, its depth, and the amount of pain currently being experienced.  It doesn’t matter how old the scar is - even scarring from childhood can be successfully released, decades after the injury initially occurred.

In effect, MSRT:

  1. de-regulates the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), reducing stress levels

  2. helps organs and tissues establish normal homeostasis and anatomical positioning

  3. reconnects the body’s electrical system to move circulation upwards from the feet towards the heart and limbs

  4. re-establishes the natural flow of energy, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage

  5. reactivates normal cellular activity, quickly re-establishing cross-membrane communication, causing healing agents to flow through scar tissue and re-establish normal cellular functioning.  This allows the toxins and energy to move through and be flushed out.

The scar tissue formed during healing creates a reversal of the normal bio-electrical state.  This reversal disrupts local cellular communications, resulting in changes and miscommunications throughout the entire Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).  This alteration has a dysfunctional ripple effect, disrupting organs, cells, muscles and bodily functions.

Scars create long term interference patterns, affecting the ANS and leading to prolonged sympathetic up-regulation, long term stress and disease.  All scars, even small scars, can produce significant disturbances, initiating the chronic pain or disease process.

Autonomic Nervous System and the Body

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) regulates your breathing, circulation, digestion, body temperature, metabolism, hormone formation, and kinetic movement.  The ANS has two parts: Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS - rest and relaxation) and Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS - fight/flight/stress).

It is generally understood that imbalances of the PNS and SNS branches of the ANS are directly linked to a wide variety of pain and disease.  It is the persistent up-regulation of the SNS that is believed to be related to pain symptomology and disease. Because scars are key sympathetic up-regulators, the existence of scars can contribute to the creation of disease and pain in the body. 

The Effect of Scars on Fascia

Fascia is a three-dimensional structure of dense connective tissue that wraps around every muscle, bone, organ, blood vessel and nerve in the body.  It forms the largest system in the body and touches all other systems, connects everything together, maintains the shape of all muscles and allows for smooth kinetic movements.

Any strain or crimp (even minor) in the fascia will cause muscular imbalances and can severely strain fascia, adversely affecting muscles far removed from the original trauma.

Scars and Internal Adhesions

Scars form adhesions.  When a scar develops, new collagen fibres are laid down at the site of the wound to repair the tissue.  This collagen is typically denser and less elastic than normal tissue and proliferation of this tissue often results in internal adhesions beneath the scar.  These adhesions connect structures together that are not supposed to be connected, and can wrap around and pull on organs, potentially causing disease or life threatening issues.

Adhesions are like internal scars, and they can create compensatory patterns and pain.  They can cause:

  1. organs or body parts to twist, stick together, be pulled out of position or be unable to move normally

  2. restricted kinetic movement or muscle performance causing chronic pain

Adhesions can adversely affect:

  1. nerves (Sympathetic Nervous System - SNS - up-regulating, or pain)

  2. muscles (tightness, shortening and imbalances)

  3. organs (causing dysfunction)

  4. fascia (postural and muscle imbalances)

Scars Disrupt Energy Flow

The fundamental principle of Acupuncture states that the uninterrupted flow of QI energy is vital to health and well-being.  Acupuncture energy flows down a person’s back and up the front to the heart.  Any scars located on the anterior torso or anterior legs will significantly stagnate circulation to the feet.  Anteriorly, energy should flow upwards towards the heart, but instead may be turned back when a scar is encountered.  This has the effect of electrically disconnecting the upper and lower halves of the body, especially when an abdominal scar is encountered.

Scars can:

  1. stagnate energy in lower extremities

  2. disconnect the body electrically

  3. cut our energetic flows causing organ dysfunction

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