Scar Tissue

By Candi Williamson

Scar Tissue/Adhesions

Adhesions are little bits of scar tissue that builds up in our bodies as a result of using our muscles. When you exercise you put micro tears in your muscles and they rebuild stronger.  In this rebuilding process, there are tiny bits of scar tissue that form in this rebuilding process that are known as adhesions. These adhesions do not automatically go away once the muscles are repaired.  This type of scar tissue can inhibit regular movement and cause pain. Another effect it has can be fatigue.

When our muscles are being glued together by adhesions they struggle to move. In athletes, this may feel like ‘hitting a wall’ where you know you’re stronger than your body is allowing you to be.  When your legs feel like bags of sand but you know you should be able to do more reps, miles or weight. It is important to stretch, do self-massage and get messages to break these adhesions so that you can access the strength and stamina you have worked so hard for.

Self Massage

Scar tissue is uncomfortable to have massaged, so warming the area with heat beforehand can make this work more comfortable.  I personally like to do this work after exercise when my body is warm already or while soaking in hot water. Alternating between a variety of techniques allows for the most effectiveness.  Starting by pinching and lifting the scar, wringing the scar between your fingers back and forth, rolling along the scar, cross-fiber/rubbing back and forth over the scar and, stretching the scar by pulling across the scar in a variety of directions.

This is great to do on all types of scars, preferably starting no sooner than 6 weeks out after surgery (Check with your surgeon for your specific needs).

C-Section, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and other sensitive areas are nice to work on when in a bathtub or hot tub. The heat softens the tissue and makes it more comfortable.

Spending as little as a few mins at a time can help scars release even on ones that are 25 or more years old!

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#Scartissue is uncomfortable to have massaged, so warming the area with heat beforehand can make this work more comfortable .  I personally like to do this kind of work after exercise, when my body is warm already or while soaking in hot water . – Alternating between a variety of techniques allows for the most effectiveness .  Start by pinching and lifting the scar . Next wring the scar between your fingers back and forth .  Then roll along the scar and crossfiber (rubbing back and forth over it) .  Finally finish by stretching the scar pulling across it in a variety of directions . – This is great to do on all types of scars, preferably starting no sooner than 6 weeks out after surgery . (Check with your surgeon for your specific needs) . – C-Section, tummy tucks, breast augmentation and other sensitive areas are nice to work on when in a bathtub or hot tub. The heat softens the tissue and makes it more comfortable. – Spending as little as a few mins at a time can help scars release, even on ones that occured 25+ years ago ! – Follow @creatingasubstainableyou for more tips on #wellness, #stretching, and #massage 🌱 – #surgery #postopcare #postoprecovery #postoperation #selfcarecoach #selfcaretip #recovery #rehab #relaxation #mobility #painrelief #bodyrehab #bodybalance #health #selflove #holistic #holistichealth #healthylifestyle #naturalwellness #peaceofmind #deeptissuemassage #swedishmassage #thaimassage #theraputicmassage #hotstonemassage #sportsmassage

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Partner Massage

It is important that you communicate with your partner about the level of discomfort and respecting their boundaries. If this is post surgery make sure that there is clearance from the surgeon before you began.  Generally no sooner than 6 weeks post operation.

‘Fresh’ scars that are only a few months old typically respond quickly and easily.  Sometimes that scar pulls very deep and can be difficult to pinch or roll, use the other techniques until the scar becomes more responsive.  It can take time.

It is never too late to work on a scar! I have worked on scars that are 25 and 30 years old that have brought permanent relief after as little as one session.

Scar tissue is uncomfortable to have massaged, so warming the area with heat beforehand can make this work more comfortable.  Alternating between a variety of techniques allows for the most effectiveness. Starting by pinching and lifting the scar, wringing the scar between your fingers back and forth, rolling along the scar, cross-fiber/rubbing back and forth over the scar and, stretching the scar by pulling across the scar in a variety of directions.

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It is important that you communicate with your partner about the level of discomfort and respecting their boundaries . If this is post surgery make sure that there is clearance from the surgeon before you begin . (generally no sooner than 6 weeks post operation) – Fresh scars that are only a few months old typically respond quickly and easily . Sometimes the scar is very deep and can be difficult to pinch or roll, use the other techniques until the scar becomes more responsive . This can take time . – It is never too late to work on a scar ! I have worked on scars that are 25 and 30 years old that have brought permanent relief after as little as one session . – Scar tissue is uncomfortable to have massaged, so warming the area with heat beforehand can make this work more comfortable .  Alternating between a variety of techniques allows for the most effectiveness . Start by pinching and lifting the scar, then wringing it between your fingers back and forth . Next , roll along the scar, crossfiber/rubbing back and forth over it . End by stretching the scar pulling across it in a variety of directions . Try this on a partner and let me know your results ! 😀 – Follow @creatingasubstainableyou for tips on #wellness, #stretching, and #massage 🌱 – #scartissue #surgery #postopcare #postoprecovery #postoperation #partner #recovery #rehab #relaxation #mobility #painrelief #bodyrehab #bodybalance #health #selflove #holistic #holistichealth #healthylifestyle #naturalwellness #peaceofmind #deeptissuemassage #swedishmassage #thaimassage #theraputicmassage #hotstonemassage #sportsmassage

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