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Let's Talk About Scars!

Scar tissue is reported in science to be a common cause of stress activation. As human beings, we are forever collecting scars and traumas throughout our lives. Any scar, whether a small one from a childhood fall, to dental surgery or a major post-surgical scar, will activate stress by creating an “electrical” interference that disrupts the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). 

Why is Scar Tissue Release Important?

Scars create a cellular imbalance of biochemicals and electricity in the local tissue, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. This is true even if the scar does not hurt or cause a range of motion issues. Scars produce a state of prolonged stress -- tightening muscles, constricting blood/lymph flow, and diminishing parasympathetic healing. This stress, called sympathetic upregulation, weakens the vitality of the body over time, leading to pain and disease. Scars can grow underneath the skin for up to 2 years. This can cause the tissue to adhere down and cause fascial tightness. 

How Does Scar Tissue Release Work?

In my Myofascial Release and CranioSacral Therapy training, I have been taught that if a client comes in with pain, to treat the scar tissue first. It is likely that scar tissue is part of the pain cycle, even if the scar occurred years ago or had even been forgotten. After my c-section, I experienced first hand how complications from a scar can cause tightness and discomfort. Following scar tissue treatment, my tightness and discomfort subsided. I also felt increased sensation and was able to release my emotional trauma that was present in my tissue from the surgery. I find scar tissue release to be a powerful tool to relieve pain and emotional stress.

During scar tissue therapy, light and gentle pressure is applied into the resistance of the barrier with long sustained holds. This helps gain access to the collagenous tissue to help lengthen this tissue to its potential. In my practice I also utilize scar tissue release tools, including microcurrent and Kinesio Taping. I welcome you to read more about how scar tissue release can help you. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or if you'd like to experience this form of healing for yourself!


Briana Pontius



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