MSTR*  SCAR TISSUE THERAPY

To soften the scar and create movement

Scar therapy works by breaking down the contracted, fibrotic collagen matrix that forms the scar. It is gentle, relaxing  and non-invasive while giving permanent results in improving restrictive patterns, reducing pain, releasing emotions  and softening the visual impact of the scar.

Other benefits include increased nerve function and blood and lymph flow, improved range of motion, more energy and a reduction in pain. It also boosts self-esteem as movement and visual aesthetics improve.

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WHAT IS A SCAR?

Healthy tissues are damaged from a cut, significant injury or surgery. In the early stages it may not be painful as nerves around the scar may have been damaged along with some healthy body tissues.

Over time scar tissue can become painful as the nerve endings start to regenerate.

There are for stages of Scar formation:

1.  Haemostasis  Phase

Immediately after an injury/trauma blood vessels constrict to restrict the flow of blood, platelets stick together to seal off the wound and coagulation (clotting) starts  to stop the bleeding from the tissues.

2.  Inflammatory Phase

Immediately after the injury the  injured blood vessels leak fluid causing localised swelling and within 24-48 hours there is a migration of macrophages & histiocytes that start removing damaged tissue, pathogens and bacteria from the area.

This process creates  the swelling, heat, pain and redness commonly seen during this stage of wound healing

Inflammation both controls bleeding and prevents infection.

3.  Proliferation Phase

This is when the wound is rebuilt with new tissue made up of collagen and extracellular matrix. This tissue is disorganised and thick. A  new network of blood vessels is constructed so that the granulation tissue can be healthy and receive sufficient oxygen and nutrients The wound starts to contract as new tissues are built.  Healthy granulation tissue is pink or red and uneven in texture and it does not bleed easily.

In the final phase  the area is resurfaced by the epithelial cells.

4.  Maturation  (Remodeling) Phase

This Is when the collagen is matured  and the wound fully closes. The cells that had been used to repair the wound but which are no longer needed are removed by apoptosis, or programmed cell death.

 During this phase collagen remodeled to allow the collagen fibres to lie closer together and cross-link.  This cross-linking of collagen reduces the thickness of the scar  and  makes the skin area of the wound stronger. However even with the cross-linking  this area will always be weaker than uninjured skin.

This phase  begins about 21 days after an injury and can continue for a year or more.

The stages of wound healing are a complex and fragile process.  Chronic wounds can form if the wound healing fails to progress through the stages.  Factors that lead  to chronic wounds are venous disease, infection, diabetes and metabolic deficiencies. 

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