Scar Tissue by Trevor Nootenboom

What is a scar?  If you are reading this, you probably have at least one visible scar somewhere on your body.  Scars are usually a result of an injury or a surgical procedure. Many scars, especially surgical scars, are like icebergs in that we only see the part on the surface.  In fact, the scar may run quite deep.

Osteopathic philosophy places enormous importance upon scar tissue.  This is because scar tissue behaves differently than the original tissue.  Depending on the specific tissue, scar tissue is often less elastic and less mobile than the tissue it replaced.  Also, there is diminished fluidic flow at the scar tissue site.  Since the scar tissue is different than the original tissue, its relationship with surrounding tissue is also different.

Over time, scars will begin to exert forces upon the body that pull it out of position and often will affect mobility.  These forces can go on to place stress on organs (and other body parts), which can go on to affect the function of the organs themselves.

Some of the more common scars we encounter and treat in Osteopathic treatments include (but are not limited to):

  • Appendectomies
  • C-sections
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Gall bladder removals
  • Breast reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Wounds
  • Orthopaedic surgeries

If you have scars, there is a pretty good chance that they would respond well to treatment, thus enhancing your health.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.