WHAT DO SCARS AND SCABS HAVE IN COMMON?
MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!
Everyone knows what a scab it. They're those 'crusty' wound coverings that act as nature's band aid, keeping the wound covered while preventing it from leaking fluids and the various components the body uses to repair itself. Eventually, fibrous cells with muscle-like qualities grip the edges of the scab and begin to contract. This causes the scab to shrink and eventually fall off. But what happens to the tissue underneath?
Collagen (pic above), the most abundant protein in your body, has waves in it. When tension is put on healing Connective Tissues, the waves allow it to stretch and elast. As far as the healing process of the tissue underneath the scab, the COLLAGEN FIBERS are (or should be) aligned along these same lines of mechanical stress and tension (HERE), which allows for significantly more stretching and elasticity.
When one ends up with SCAR TISSUE, there is potential for problems ---- big problems. This is because Scar Tissue (often referred to as "Fibrosis") has some very specific characteristics that are in direct opposition to those of normal tissue. In a nutshell, Scar Tissue is different from normal tissue because it is....
Scar Tissue is often created after SURGERIES, CAR ACCIDENTS, SPORTS INJURIES, etc. But sometimes stuff just 'happens' and you never know why or when. A prime example of this is seen in Fascial Adhesions. If scarring gets into the FASCIA, you can have a real problem on your hands. Fascia is the most pain-sensitive tissue in the body, yet does not image well with even our most advanced imaging techniques such as MRI. This sets people up for the PERFECT STORM of Chronic Pain and dysfunction. Below you can see the progression of a surgical scar.
What can you really do about Scar Tissue? In a perfect world, you would simply prevent it. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. So, once it is there, there are some things you can do to help deal with Scar Tissue such as avoiding INFLAMMATION, eating a WHOLE FOOD-BASED DIET, EXERCISING intelligently, getting periodic CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, COLD LASER THERAPY, SPINAL DECOMPRESSION, etc, etc, etc. However, nothing; and I do mean 'nothing' works as well as SCAR TISSUE REMODELING. Rather than me talk about how devastating Scar Tissue can be, I would rather let a couple of my patients speak. These videos were both shot yesterday and both cases involved the THORACOLUMBAR FASCIA (click this link for 15 second videos showing the difference between Scar Tissue and normal tissue).
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).