What do you know about scars?
I think you will agree with me that basically scars tell some of the stories that make up our lives. Each scar has a reason and has left its mark on our body & our heart!
To be technical- Scars are marks that appear on the skin following an injury. This is the natural sign that the healing process is occurring. A scar is formed when the dermis, a deep layer of skin, is physically damaged. As the body heals itself, it forms new collagen fibers at the site of the wound, resulting in a physical scar. The newly formed scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding skin. This newly formed tissue will be bio electrically altered and this makes a silent and turbulent signal to the entire nervous system!
There are different types of scar that form depending upon the injury and other factors such as, surgery, injury, genetics, and severity of the wound.
Common Scar Types:
- Keloid: This scar is recognized by tissue overgrowth due to excessive collagen production. The scar tissue continues to grow even after the wound healing has taken place. The scar tissue spreads beyond the borders of the initial injury or wound.
- Hypertrophic: This scar is recognized as red & raised. This scar tissue also has increased collagen that grows and forms at the site of the wound but it does not exceed the borders of the initial injury or wound. These scars are red, raised, and thick.
- Atrophic: This scar is recognized as flat or leaves a depression in the skin. They are often small, round, and indented in the center.
- Contracture: This scar is recognized by shrinking of the skin which causes tightness and constraint in movement. This kind of scar is often incapacitating and dysfunctional.
When assessing a scar there are four common characteristics that are considered:
- Texture: The extent to which there are surface irregularities present. If it is linear, can you count the lumps, thick spots, and tensile pulls?
- Pliability: Suppleness of the scar tested by wrinkling the scar between the thumb and first finger in a one inch pinch.
- Color: The blend of vascularity and pigmentation.
- Surface Area: Surface area of scar in relation to the original wound area.
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU!
I really want you to understand what a super-monstrous, detrimentally huge, and NEGATIVE affect scars can have on your body!
This is something that most people, even the doctors, either don’t know…. or won’t tell you.
Scars can be the culprit for many forms of acute or chronic pain in the body, as well as disease and dysfunction!
a.k.a. “Queen of Scars”
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