A nice smooth pliable scar is the goal but unfortunately some of us will get raised, rigid or contract scars with deep adhesions that lead to pain that can radiate and spread.
Skin is made up of collagen which should lay flat in a nice organized pattern.
If left untreated, the collagen can get all confused and lay in jumbles. Resulting in scar tissue formation which can be quite painful and lead to long term issues that could include: *Nerve impingement *Pain *Numbness *Limited Flexibility *Postural issues * Increased Risk for Future Injury
After the stitches and staples are removed and you get the all clear from the MD, it’s time to start massaging the area.
How to Massage a Scar once the wound is closed:
- Use a small amount of lubrication is needed to limit damaging the newly healed wound. It’s up to your preference; coconut oil, massage oil, lotion, vitamin E oil, scar treatment lotion.
- Cross Friction Massage: Use 1-2 fingers and lightly rub perpendicular to the scar. Make a few passes along the scar. Then go in the same direction as the scar.
- Myofascial Release: If you find an area that is restricted (can be scar tissue and adhesions forming) you can use a bit more pressure to this area and move slowly. The tissues will release naturally with the light pressure.
- Stretching. If the scar crosses over a joint, it’s important to keep that area flexible. Work on maintaining normal range of motion with stretches.
For further assistance, schedule an appointment with me for a personalized plan.
In person, we can determine if ultrasound, instrument assisted massage and taping could speed up your recovery time.