Scar Tissue Work

Pretty much all of us have some degree of scarring; be it a few childhood scraps, scratches and broken bones through to medical surgery incisions and even body piercings and tattoos. Whilst mostly we see their visible presence, beneath the surface of the skin the scarring penetrates deep into the body, wrapping itself around muscles, bones and organs creating patterns of pain that may seem unrelated to the injury and do not show up on X-rays or scans.

40 years old with niggles in your hip? Could be scar tissue adhesions from a childhood appendectomy.

Chronic lower back or headache? Could be your cesarian scar.

Think of it like a table cloth. If you pull the table cloth from one corner you can see the pull pattern travelling through the cloth until pull the cloth towards you. Now, put a heavy pot on the table cloth and try and pull from the same corner. Notice that you can only pull as far as the pot and that it takes much more effort. This is what happens when scarring penetrates into the body; it starts to pull the other surrounding structures and makes movement more difficult. It also means that the area around the scar becomes less fluid until gradually over time the scar grows in mass causing more movement restriction and greater pain.

But what about emotional impact of scars? Let's not forget that the cause of our scar may have been a traumatic experience. A fall, a childhood accident, a surgical procedure - all of these memories are trapped unbeknownst to us within our bodymemory. The result? Further restrictions and more pain.

Getting the picture? Scars affect us in more ways than we may think.

And don’t let’s forget how our scars make us feel. Anxious, shy, angry? Scars are personal, emotive and can stop us being and doing the things we love.

During a Scar Release Session

The first thing is don't worry. We get it that scars can be difficult to talk about and let alone allow someone to touch. But we’ll talk about how you feel about your scar, what it stops you doing and what you’d like to achieve. Then through 3 sessions we’ll work gently using myofascial and scar tissue techniques to help the scar tissue release. Whilst the work is primarily clinical you should see a cosmetic change to your scar too.

Cost £205 for 3 sessions; further sessions (if necessary) £65

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