What is a scar?
A scar is a mark which is left after the healing of a wound. It is the result of the natural healing process.
Scars have approximately 70% of the strength as normal tissue.
What happens during wound healing?
The remodeling phase of a scar happens over a 2-year period. It is within this 2-year period the best changes can be made to how the scar looks, feels and moves.
Fascia is a sheet or band of tissue that is present throughout the body, it’s a bit like a spider web. It attaches beneath the skin and helps to stabilise, enclose and separate muscles and the internal organs. It stretches and moves in response to body movement and helps to transfer forces and load through the body.
Scar tissue can form within the fascia and interrupt its normal gliding movement through the body. It can create a loss in functional movement, cause symptoms of tightness- not only at the area of the scar, but in places further away. For example, changes to the fascia at a c-section scar can cause symptoms in the back, stomach, chest or neck areas.
How can scars effect you?
- Tightness / pulling – at the scar or in other areas of the body
- Pain / discomfort
- Reduced / altered sensation
- Raised areas
- Emotional responses – not being able to look / touch the area
What can be done during a treatment session?
Scar massage can help to:
- Reduce pain and sensitivity
- Increase mobility by reducing any tightness and sticking in scar tissues
- Stimulate the healing process
- Aim the emotional recovery of dealing with a scar
Education and advice on:
- How to look after your scar at home
- What the best products are to use on your scar
- To support maintaining and increasing range of movement
- To increase muscle strength that may have been affected
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