Their pain is affecting their life
I was in constant pain due to scar tissue from having caesarians which stopped me from doing even normal things like walking the dog. Sleeping was impossible and I was constantly taking painkillers.
When Alice first came to see us, she had been suffering from pain in her pelvis, back and knees for 3 years. The cause of her pelvic pain had been identified as scar tissue relating to two previous caesarean sections, the last one being 18 years previously. Despite surgery to remove the scar tissue, it had returned and was now causing constant pain which was preventing her from moving and doing any day to day activities, including walking her dog.
Her specialist had now written her off by saying they could do no more for her and referred her to a pain clinic.
They have a diagnosis
Scar tissue is the result of any surgery or injury. Where the scar tissue sticks to other structures, this is known as adhesions. This in itself is a diagnosis and is often regarded by surgeons as an acceptable side-effect of the procedure.
They have been given a lot of medication
At the time she first came to see us, Alice was on a typical ‘cocktail’ of medication – Amitriptyline, Diclofenac and Cocodamol daily. Despite these, or perhaps because of them, she was still experiencing daily pain, unable to sleep and suffering from IBS symptoms.
Surgery and scar tissue
Over the years since the caesarians, Alice’s abdominal scar tissue had spread internally to the point that her bladder had become stuck to her uterus and abdominal wall. She had undergone surgery the previous year to have a lot of the scar tissue removed. This surgery was performed laprascopically (also known as keyhole surgery).
This standard medical solution to adhesions is to perform further surgery to cut them away. This treatment itself causes further scar tissue which may or may not reform into adhesions. The reason why scar tissue can develop into adhesions is not known, although it seems that some people’s bodies are more prone to create scar tissue overgrowth than others, perhaps in an exaggerated immune system response as the body attempts to repair the damage of the surgery.
Performing surgery laparoscopically is meant to reduce scar tissue, although the insertion point can often be far from the site where the surgery is needed and the internal movement of the tool through the tissues can in itself create further scar tissue.
Alice was understandably distressed about her situation. Not only was she in a lot of pain and unable to live her life normally because of it, now she had been told that there was nothing more that could be done medically to help her and she would just have to learn to live with the pain. This situation is very typical and one that we have heard time and again from many different people.
The treatment sessions with Alice focused on releasing the scar tissue in her abdomen and pelvis. Scar tissue may develop and hold on over the years, but it is very responsive to myofascial release and can simply let go and be reabsorbed back into the body. Once it does so, it is gone for ever. As in Alice’s case, this can happen very quickly, a phenomenon which can be quite mind-boggling for people who have experienced severe pain for years.
Also, as in Alice’s case, as the scar tissue dissolves, it not only releases the obvious pains but can help to alleviate other symptoms, such as the headaches she had been experiencing.
Scar tissue release can also bring up other experiences, such as old emotional responses, memory flashbacks and old symptoms from years ago. It is as if the scar tissue releases in layers, each of which also allows the release of old memories that have been stuck in the tissues. Although this can be unsettling at the time, the overall effect is to rid the mind and body from the energetic burden of holding these, which not only reduces pain but frees up the energy for more positive purposes, such as walking your dog.
Amanda helped relieve this all [pain symptoms] in a very short space. The [myofascial release] balls Amanda recommends to use are brilliant!!!