Although the medical community refers to it as “FIBROSIS,” Scar Tissue wreaks havoc with people’s lives because it is so radically different than normal tissue. Some of these differences include…..
- SCAR TISSUE IS WEAKER: Scar Tissue is far weaker than normal connective tissue. This is why it’s always easier to sprain your ankle again, after spraining it the first time. This information is common knowledge, and can be found in any Pathology Textbook.
- SCAR TISSUE IS LESS ELASTIC: In the same way a HAIRBALL is less elastic than well-combed hair, Scar Tissue is less elastic than normal tissue. Microscopically speaking, Scar Tissue is a tangled, twisted, wad (HERE are some awesome pictures) of adhesion. This information is 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 extremely harmful because OXYGEN is critical for proper tissue healing to occur. The combination of Inflammation and Scar Tissue restricts blood flow and oxygen to the connective tissues, which can create an extremely acidic environment. This is not only detrimental to local healing, but to systemic healing as well. This fact is well known by doctors and can likewise be found in any Pathology Textbook.
- 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 (mostly because they themselves don’t understand) is that Scar Tissue is different neurologically as well. The latest scientific research tells us that the nerves in scar tissue can conduct pain 1,000 times more effectively than the nerves in normal tissue. This hyper-conductivity of the nerve system creates what is known as TYPE III PAIN (Supersensitivity). This information is just starting to make its way into Pathology Textbooks
Abnormally functioning nerves in scar tissue leads to diminished PROPRIOCEPTION (the major cause of degenerative arthritis and joint deterioration). It can also cause HYPERALGIA (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 and can actually lead to something called CENTRAL SENSITIZATION.
If you are really interested in seeing how all of this works together to cause a “PERFECT STORM” of Chronic Pain, just follow the link. Be aware that said Scar Tissue is the culprit in any number of CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES. The good news is that is Microscopic Adhesions and Scar Tissue are your problem, THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU.