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Uncovering the Secret Language of Scars

It’s a little-known fact that scars from surgery or trauma are often the root cause of chronic pain and dysfunction – even if the surgery or trauma was decades ago. No matter how old a scar is it can still be treated and healed.

Let’s dive into the secrets of scars and unravel the mystery once and for all.

It may surprise you to know that the negative influence of scars can start with falls, broken bones, stitches, and surgeries endured over a lifetime. Research has shown that scars can cause long-term disease, dysfunction, and chronic pain. Scars are visible marks on the surface of the skin, but other traumas lay hidden beneath the surface of the skin.

Perhaps the most eye-opening thing is that the site of the dysfunction can be far from the actual scar.

While it’s not unusual for a woman with a C-section scar to experience back pain  since the locations are in close proximity; it is very surprising when the pain point is far from the scar.

C-section scars contribute to chronic pain

It’s shocking to discover a link between a pelvic surgery scar and a client experiencing headaches or neck pain. It’s similarly mind-blowing to discover that chronic knee pain stemmed from an inguinal hernia scar located in the belly button of one male client.

What’s clear is that the size and location of the scar do not tell the whole story, the dysfunction or chronic pain can be occurring in any location from head to toe. Having seen the profound impact of scars, I always inquire about past surgeries or traumas and begin treatment by addressing scars first.


Scars Wreak Havoc on Your Parasympathetic Nervous System

When you are exposed to prolonged stress there is an impact on physical, emotional, and mental health which increases cortisol levels. Chronic stress disrupts the natural flow of things within your body and is highly toxic to your well-being.

You’re likely familiar with fight, flight, or freeze mode (aka, the deer in headlights ) which is linked to your sympathetic nervous system. When you are in that hyper-aroused state over a prolonged period of time, it literally shuts down your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for achieving your balance mode. Essentially, your body is in shock and freezes, making it impossible for you to get to a balanced state.

This imbalance creates all types of havoc in the body including increased tightness which limits blood flow, and lymph flow and contributes to a slew of other issues. It is not uncommon to see clients with this imbalance experiencing digestive problems, reproductive issues, and cardiac issues over time. Clients report a number of musculoskeletal issues ranging from back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, etcetera. All of these problems lead to chronic issues over time.


How Fascia is Impacted by Scars

Consider fascia as a strong weblike connective tissue that surrounds and connects all organs, blood vessels and nerves, and muscles and holds everything in its proper place. 

Fascia is typically damaged during surgery due to cuts, which create unusual strain patterns internally. Surgical cutting and scars cause a pulling and straining within the body throwing off the alignment and triggering chronic pain and dysfunction throughout the body.

Fascia is highly innervated making it as sensitive as skin.


The Negative Impact of Internal Adhesions

Remarkably, scars also are responsible for the formation of adhesions, which are formed in response to surgery, trauma, or radiation. This tough tissue is internal scarring that irregularly connects organs and causes constrictions which further inhibit healthy functioning in the body.

Adhesions occur as the body tries to heal itself and regenerate after surgery, trauma, or radiation. These internal adhesions are commonly known to arise after laparoscopic surgeries. With laparoscopic pelvic surgery, the incisions are exceedingly small, yet the impact is great. What happens particularly with abdominal surgery, is the adhesions wrap around the fascia of your digestive tract. They may also impact the abdominal and pelvic area and may also affect the lower extremities or back area.


Scar Release Therapy Offers New Hope in Treating Scars 

A revolutionary innovative technology, microcurrent point stimulation is a powerful scar release therapy that is a game-changer in treatment outcomes and offers new hope to clients with chronic pain. The Dolphin device is the means of delivering the microcurrent point stimulation(MPS) to clients. It is an effective, non-invasive treatment with no side effects and is backed by scientific evidence.

The Dolphin helps to get the body’s parasympathetic nervous system reactivated and also addresses vagal tone which is a major player in our nervous system. The Dolphin works in the same manner as our body does – on direct current. Our cardiac system, digestive system, and others operate on direct current, so the Dolphin treatment is complementary and safe.

When treating scars as the microcurrent enters the body, it helps to regenerate and release the fascia, adhesions, and scar tissue while simultaneously improving circulation and lymphatic flow.

This restorative treatment ignites the body’s natural ability to heal by rebooting the parasympathetic nervous system and helps to rebalance your body. By breaking up scar tissue it creates better and healthier movement patterns instead of settling for staying tight, with limited range of motion or dysfunctional movement patterns. It’s a miraculous RESET button, which gets you back in balance faster, with many reporting improvements after their first treatment, and greater improvement over a period of 4 – 6 treatments.

Normally, two devices are used to treat both sides of the scar. From time to time only one device is used and that is dependent upon the client’s condition and diagnosis.

Dolphin microcurrent stimulation point technology is not to be confused with Tens units which rely on the alternating current which may have a negative impact on the body according to research.


Client Success Story: Scar Tissue Release with the Dolphin Device

Challenge Faced:

  • Michael M., age 44, Naples, FL
  • 8-year history of chronic lower back pain. Client reports the pain can be debilitating at times. He has several abdominal scars from an appendectomy in 1986 and kidney surgery in 2012.
  • Client received massage and a variety of holistic therapies before coming to Custom Fit
  • Client presented with significant pain level on the initial visit, limited back mobility, decreased core stability, and poor tolerance of sitting, standing, and walking. He was unable to participate in any physical activity.

Solution Provided:

  • Treatment consisted of scar tissue release of appendectomy and kidney scar using MPS micropoint stimulation with the Dolphin device. In addition, manual scar tissue release was performed along with breathing drills and core activation exercises.
  • The client reported a significant decrease in symptoms after 6 sessions.

Clinical Outcomes and Benefits Achieved:

  • Increased back mobility, 0/10 pain level, ability to tolerate sitting, standing, and walking without increased symptoms. Returned to all daily and physical activities without limitations.
  • Client shared that he feels the scar tissue release has made a huge difference in his life and has allowed him to return to his previous level of function. He stated that no one has ever addressed his surgical scars. He stated that the scar release therapy has made a huge difference in not only his symptoms but his quality of life.

Could your scars be the root cause of your chronic pain and physical limitations?

If you have had surgery or physical trauma in the past, struggle with chronic pain or limited mobility schedule your free 30 minute consultation to learn more and how we can help you discover the root cause of your pain. Don't waste another day in pain.


Martha Tassinari

Martha Tassinari

Martha graduated from Northeastern University, in Boston Massachusetts, with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 1994 and later studied Craniosacral and Neurokinetic Therapy. But it wasn't until she was on the other side of the table, to heal her body following two lung cancer surgeries that she found her true calling. For years she was paralyzed for days on end with severe headaches and shoulder pain, unable to work or move. Pain medication gave her temporary relief, but it never got to the root of the problem. With courage, grit and determination, and an excellent physical therapist, she overcame adversity to heal her body. And this point; she decided to dedicate her life to making sure other women don't struggle in pain for years as she did. Her mission is to empower women to discover the root cause of dysfunction and heal at all levels – body, mind, and spirit.
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