Treatment of scar tissue and adhesions
I am trained in Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork techniques and I use specific hands-on Myofascial Release techniques which are light and gentle with the aim to re-integrate scar tissue into the three dimensional fascial web.
Natural and surgical scars of any age respond immediately followed by a short period of rapid healing and continued improvement. The improvements are permanent.
ScarWork reverse-engineers the damaged fascia of the scar – restoring function to muscles, nerves, and internal organs.
ScarWork often results in large whole body integration shifts along with trauma resolution, and nerve-impaired numbness usually resolves within a session.
Scar tissue quality changes quickly and easily. Lumps, gaps, ridges, holes, bumps, knots, and strings in the tissue rapidly smooth out into the three dimensional fascial web.
The work starts with the surface layers and goes into the far reaches of the scar including work with any involved viscera.
Case study examples here demonstrate the type of results that can be generated by treatment:
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. Scar tissue is thick connective tissue – fascia – which, for the most part, does 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 movement and function. This can then develop into pain or dysfunction.
Scar tissue can inadvertently adhere to surrounding structures. Adhesions from scar tissue can have a domino effect throughout the body, pulling on fascia in surrounding areas. Fascia surrounds and integrates with cells, tissues and organs, therefore any 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, another natural healing process but one which can cause problems if it goes on too long. Effects of scar tissue are internal as well as on the surface.
Myofascial Release of scar tissue and adhesions can prove to be the missing link following surgery:
- Ceasarean Section
- Reconstruction surgery
Symptoms of excessive Scar Tissue and Adhesions
You may experience the following symptoms round the scarring itself:
- A “cotton wool” or “foggy” feeling around the scar
- 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
Scar Tissue Release
I use a holistic individualised treatment approach, I will look at the scar tissue, fascia and muscle changes following your trauma and use fascial release and massage alongside scar tissue treatment to integrate scar tissue into the fascial web.
By reducing tightness and encouraging mobility between the layers of skin, fascia and muscle, range of movement can often improve.
Trapped nerves and irritated scar tissue can be a factor for prolonged discomfort. Therapeutic touch may reduce pain and help normalise sensitivity.
The work is very gentle yet the cosmetic effect and the functional changes can be profound.
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 Scar tissue therapy, however old the scar is.
Treatment Plans Post Breast Cancer Surgery
I specialise in helping with recovery post breast cancer surgery. Clients often come to me with a feeling of “tightness” across the chest and around the ribcage. If DIEP reconstructive surgery has been undergone this feeling often extends into the abdomen. Scar therapy can help loosen and release tight scar tissue to reduce this discomfort.
Also, importantly, gentle therapeutic touch can be a powerful way to aid emotional recovery and help accept changes after this type of surgery.
I approach treatment for every client on an individual basis, however I offer the following as a guideline:
For clients presenting with scar tissue problems after breast cancer surgery where the scars are over 2 years old, a suggested treatment plan may include ScarWork with appropriate soft tissue treatment over 6 x fortnightly sessions, with a review at the end of this period. This plan would allow for readjustment to normal movement and address compensation patterns. As scar tissue releases, and range of movement improves, muscles will have to work harder and build strength in order to readapt to your new mobility.
For clients immediately post surgery or within 2 years, treatments may be given closer together as the scar tissue is still immature and compensation patterns are less established. An initial treatment plan of 6 x weekly sessions is suggested with a recommendation to return after 6, 12 and 18 months as the scar tissue matures.
For clients with capsular contracture and for those who have had major muscles relocated following reconstruction surgery, ongoing appointments every 6-12 weeks may be recommended.