Microscopic scar tissue is problematic because it is so dramatically different than healthy connective tissue. Some of the ways that it differs include:
- SCAR TISSUE IS WEAKER: As you can imagine, the tangled “clump” of tissue that characterizes a microscopic scar, is far weaker than normal connective tissue. You already know this. Sprain an ankle, and it is easier to sprain it again and again and again. This information is common knowledge and can be found in any Pathology Textbook.
- SCAR TISSUE IS LESS ELASTIC: This is a no-brainer. A hairball is less elastic than well-combed hair. Look at it another way. Put your hands out in front of you with the palms facing away. Now run the fingers from one hand, back and forth, between the fingers from the other hand. Notice how the fingers glide? Now run your fingers from one hand to the other, and ball up your fingers. This is what tangled and twisted connective tissues do microscopically. Subsequently, they loose their stretchiness and elasticity. This is also common knowledge, and can be found in any Pathology Textbook.
- SCAR TISSUE DOES NOT OXYGENATE WELL, CREATING A LOW (acidic) PH: Known as hypoxia, decreased oxygenation is terribly harmful because oxygen is critical for proper tissue healing to occur. When connective tissues are injured, swelling occurs; and it is this combination of swelling and twisted / tangled tissue that restricts the blood flow and oxygen supply to the connective tissues. Lack of oxygen also creates a very acidic environment, which is detrimental not only to the healing process, but to health in general. This fact is well known by doctors and can likewise be found in all Pathology Textbooks.
- SCAR TISSUE IS DIFFERENT NEUROLOGICALLY: It is easy to see how microscopic scarring is different mechanically and chemically. What most doctors fail to tell you (many do not realize or understand this concept) is that scar tissue is different neurologically as well. Why don’t doctors ever talk about this aspect of tissue injury? It has not been around long enough to get into the textbooks! The latest scientific research tells us that the nerves in scar tissue can conduct pain up to 1,000 times more effectively than the same nerves in normal tissue. WOW! This is critical for you to understand. Re-read the last few sentences a couple times and let it sink in. This hyper-conductivity of the nerve system creates what is known as Type III pain (Supersensitivity).
Abnormally functioning nerves in scar tissue, lead to problems like diminished PROPRIOCEPTION (which causes degenerative arthritis and joint deterioration). It can also lead to HYPERALGIA (extreme sensitivity to pain —– stimulus that should cause a little pain causes extraordinary amounts of pain), or ALLODYNIA (stimulus which do not normally cause any pain, now causes pain). In people dealing with underlying scar tissue, these three frequently overlap.