Scar tissue massage is a common method used to help remodel scar tissue that has developed in injured tissue. It is a treatment used in after Cesarean surgery, episiotomy or soft tissue injuries. Scar tissue massage is also known as scar tissue mobilization.
This technique helps to remodel the scar and ensures that the collagen fibers of the scar are aligned properly. It may reduce scar tissue and the adhesions that might accompany scar tissue. In order to administer this treatment the scar must be fully closed and no scabbing present to begin scar therapy.
Management of your scar through scar tissue massage, stretching, and exercise is essential to ensure proper remodeling of the scar takes place and normal mobility and function are restored.
Frequently asked Questions:
How long does scar tissue remodeling take?
How long does it take to remodel scar tissue? Well, everyone is different and heals at different rates. In general, it takes about six to eight weeks with four treatments weekly to fully remodel injured tissue in the body. Just remember to take it slowly and provide a nice, long duration, low-load stress to your scar tissue.
What if I had a episiotomy? Can I develop scar tissue there and do you work on these types of surgical sites?
Yes, scar tissue can develop after vaginal surgery, such as episiotomy repair. The area of scarring can be quite small, but when irritated can cause intense pain and painful intercourse, called dyspareunia. This is a common condition that at one time or another can occur in 45% of women. Unfortunately, scar tissue tends to develop in women quite often after gynecologic surgery.
Although we don’t physically work on episiotomy sites ourselves we instruct you on how to use our techniques to minimize the development of scar tissue at the site. We will teach you how to perform scar tissue massage on yourself two to three times per day.
Should I get scar tissue massage immediately after surgery?
Massaging a scar that is not fully healed can cause damage to the developing scar tissue which can delay healing. Massaging an unhealed scar may open it and lead to bacteria and infection in your body. The surgery site must be free and clear which means it has completely closed and is healed prior to beginning treatment to that site. It is best to wait four to six weeks after surgery before beginning your scar tissue massage protocol.
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