When tissues are bound together, they may pull on structures near or far from the site of the trauma, causing pain, numbness, decreased range of motion, and, in some cases, even life-threatening consequences. It’s estimated that 93% of surgical patients develop postoperative adhesions. Retracting an incision and exposing the internal structures to the air dries out tissues that are meant to slide past one another and sets them up to clump together when the incision is closed. While some of these adhesions are harmless, others can cause serious problems by strangling and blocking the bowels, or plugging the fallopian tubes, binding tissue together with bridges of overgrown collagen.
Fortunately, scar tissue is composed of strands of collagen with weak chemical bonds that can be dissolved with gentle guided pressure. For this reason, scar tissue and internal adhesions are ideally suited for hands-on treatment. After examining and creating a treatment plan for each scar, I employ a number of specialized massage techniques to soften scar tissue, make it more pliable, and to re-integrate it into the healthy tissue surrounding it.
Scar tissue therapy is appropriate for anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of a scar or is troubled by pain, numbness, diminished function or range of motion. It does not matter if a scar is recent or if you have had it for years, the tissue responds to treatment in both cases.
Scar Massage is effective in many situations including: