When you consider that fascia is a continuous net in and around the body, surrounding its organs, blood vessels, nerves and even bones, it is not hard to imagine that an injury that leaves a scar, such as a wound or surgery would create a pull on the fascial net. Because scars can look nice and neat on the surface, we don’t consider the irregularly patched layers underneath that form scar tissue, strengthening the vulnerable area, but also exerting a three-dimensional pull inside your body. This scar tissue becomes an internal fascial adhesion that can bind together formerly separate structures in your body and can reach far away from the site of the scar through your viscera and your craniosacral system.
This fascial scarring is undetectable by X-rays or MRIs and often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed.(1)
Many instances of chronic headaches and back or neck pain have been linked to scars from surgeries such as appendectomies, caesarian sections, hysterectomies, laminectomies, endoscopic surgeries, biopsies, oral surgery, breast operations, and abdominal surgeries.(2) Fascial scarring can cause the body to compensate for the tissue pull by twisting and compressing the viscera, creating postural changes.
If you find that surgery is necessary, MFR can help to prepare the area by releasing any restrictions and promoting flexibility and cellular health in the tissues prior to surgery. After surgery, with doctor’s clearance for bodywork, scar releases can continue to restore the incision area and the layers beneath for optimum recovery and function.
Not only does physical trauma from accidental injury or surgery (yes, surgery is planned trauma) cause fascial adhesions, but these stuck places in your body’s myofascial complex can develop from emotional trauma too. Many scars hold trapped energy from a traumatic experience, including surgery itself, and when released, this energy finally escapes from the body, allowing emotional and physical healing to occur. An old scar can be released, regardless of how long ago it occurred. Older scars may need more sessions to resolve, however, that is not always the case.
There is a definite link between scars and chronic pain – physical or emotional. These scar related restrictions can be released using MFR techniques to help relieve pain, restore function, increase range of motion, and return you to an active, healthy life!