Fit Fascia Solutions

More than scars

 

Scars are not confined to our skin, but tissues far below the skin can scar, too. Any tissue, whether it’s bone, muscle, or even the heart will show evidence of scar tissue following cellular damage. Scarring is part of the normal biological process in response to wounded tissue, anywhere in the body. Formed of collagen and fibroblasts, the size and composition of the scar depends on the type and amount of tissue destroyed by disease, injury, or surgery. It’s a natural part of the healing process to replace damaged cells, of any type, with fibrous scar tissue. The problem is, the scar tissue acts sort of like a “filler”, incapable of performing the function of the cells that were there previously. For example, if a person suffers a heart attack, some of the cardiac muscle tissue that makes up the heart dies because of a lack of blood flow through coronary arteries. The dead heart muscle cells are then replaced with fibrous scar tissue that while important, does not function in the same way as the muscle tissue it replaced. Without the scar tissue, your heart would have a weakened area, or eventually a hole in it. So the scar is absolutely necessary, and has to be built fast. But the scar tissue is not extensible, stretchy or contractile, and can disrupt the normal function of the organ it’s in. (this can cause pain, tightness, fatigue, or even GI issues). Scars on our skin change the look of our skin, scars beneath our skin, in superficial or deep layers of connective tissue, (in muscles, tendons, ligaments, or between organs) can interfere with the balance of the fascial matrix. Fascial fitness is aimed at caring for our connective tissue and restoring it to optimal health and function. Because when we don’t give love and restoration to our scars, they can lead to a lot more than surface disfigurement.  Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash