Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue Release; Myofascial Adhesions and their effects on the body

Scar tissue is the body’s own mechanism for healing areas which have been physically cut or torn in the body. They are areas of thick connective tissue – fascia – which are for the most part doing a good job in ‘holding things together’ after injury or surgery. Sometimes, however, too much scar tissue may develop, and it may pull on other areas, compress nerves, blood vessels and organs and restrict physical movement and physiological functioning. This will then develop into pain or dysfunction.

Adhesions from scar tissue can have a domino effect throughout the body, pulling fascia in surrounding areas; the fascia surrounds and integrates with cells, tissues and organs, therefore the resultant contraction can have serious long term effects. For example, a C-section scar can lead to many years down the line a knee or hip problem or a painful back.

Scar tissue is most often caused by surgery or injury, but can also come about after inflammation, where the tissue has had to scar over to heal. This can happen internally as well as on the surface.

Myofascial Release of scar tissue and adhesions can prove to be the missing link in the following conditions and many more:

  • Ceasarean Section
  • Hysterectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Menstrual problems
  • Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

Symptoms of excessive Scar Tissue and Adhesions

You may experience the following symptoms round the scarring itself:

  • Pain
  • A “cotton wool” or “foggy” feeling around the scar
  • Numbness
  • A sense that the scarred area does not belong to the body
  • A sense of dread at touching the scar
  • ‘Valleys’, ‘ravines’ or ‘ridges’ where scar tissue is hardened

The Aim of Scar Tissue Release

  • Reduce pain and restriction
  • Create better internal function
  • Reduce adhesions; both superficially and deep
  • Restore nerve function including numbness, pain and sensitivity
  • Enhance movement of the surrounding tissues, to reduce pulling and sticking
  • Liberate and re integrate tissue back into the 3D web of fascia

How old does a scar have to be?

I do not work directly on scars that are less than 12 weeks old however work can still be done on the surrounding area to help the healing process.

On the other hand, scars will still respond to releasing decades after they have been inflicted! Scars which are twenty or thirty years old can be treated with great success, as well as internal abdominal adhesions, relieving symptoms several years after they first appeared.

Please do not hesitate to enquire about Myofascial Release for scar tissue, however old the scar is.

Treatment of scar tissue and adhesions

I use specific hands-on Myofascial Release techniques which are mostly light and gentle with the aim to improve function, condition and re-integrate scar tissue into the fascial web. A more or less intense prickling may be felt where scar tissue is releasing. There is often significant difference both in the feeling around the scarring and in its appearance after the first session.

Booking and Questions

Please contact me if you would like to book an appointment or have any questions.