Scar tissue is tissue that has regrown to replace other tissues that were injured. Scar tissue is usually thought of on the surface of our bodies, in our skin. However, it is important to note that scar tissue can occur inside our bodies, after surgeries, and around organs and structures that have been misaligned or chronically inflamed. Scar tissue is much less functional than our normal tissue; there is decreased blood flow, fewer or no nerves, it is typically stiffer and of different color or texture than your normal tissue. While it does serve a purpose initially (to replace whatever tissue was lost or damaged), in the long run it can affect the normal tissues surrounding it, it can reduce blood flow to the region, it may even become painful since it is blocking your natural energy flow. Needling the scar tissue with acupuncture will help bring life back to the area. The acupuncture needles essentially re-injure the tissue; however the injury is very minuscule, but the immune response is what will help bring white blood cells, oxygen, healing factors and movement back to the area. Call Dr. Smith today to find out if acupuncture can help with your scar tissue.