“I don’t think of scar tissue as extra material to get rid of. I think scars are made up of stuck together valuable stuff you want to liberate to become the vital three dimensional web of fascia again.” -Sharon Wheeler
** Scar Tissue Massage **
A typical scar tissue massage lasts lasts about 1 hour to less than 1.5 hours (no more than 85 minutes), focusing on scar tissue areas.
Scar Tissue Massage uses manual touch that is light and casual and rarely feels painful (for both new and old scars). Sometimes the first touch might be sensitive and maybe numb, but this sensitivity will go away usually within a few minutes of the scar tissue massage. This type of massage will feel like the practitioner is using bread dough kneading techniques. That is exactly the intention the practitioner is using while working on scar tissue.
Also, I use massage cupping therapy similar to traditional Chinese cupping.
During the scar tissue massage, the scar progresses from lumpy, stringy, unevenly textured, and discolored into smooth even pink tissue with relatively little time, effort, or discomfort. The work starts with the surface layers of the skin but eventually goes deep under the skin affecting the connective tissue. Usually the nerve sensations are repaired, too. Many times when the work is completed, the whole body will feel more integrated and the trauma associated with the scar is released. However, each person will have their own unique experience with this work.
What types of scar tissue?
Almost any and all scars can be addressed with scar tissue massage including old and new scars from accidents, surgeries, radiation, burns, cuts, tears, piercings, etc. Examples of some of the scar tissue massages I have worked on:
- Knee replacement surgery scars.
- Breast reduction scars.
- Thyroid removal scars.
- Titanium clavicle surgery.
- Lower leg and ankle surgeries including a titanium tibia.
- Belly button and ear piercings.
- Abdomen scars from radiation, Crohn’s disease surgery scars, and a variety of scars from intestinal surgeries (with scars from sternum to pubic bone, scars from left to right above and below the belly button).
- An adult tongue – he was playing around and was kicked in the mouth and he bit his tongue when he was 9 years old. Got rid of the knot and smoothed out his tongue.
All these people felt their “bodies come back” to life, they are able to touch their scars, actually feel their scars with no numbing, etc.
Scar tissue can help with burns from fires and any other types of scar tissue creates from injuries and surgeries.
What is the Treatment Frequency?
Many times it takes a series of sessions to have the connective tissue reorganize along in the same direction of surrounding connective tissue and have the scar blend into the skin. Depending on how complicated the scar tissue, the scar tissue can reorganize with the surrounding connective tissue in 1 session and up to 10 sessions (and possible more, like 2nd-3rd degree burns). Frequency of sessions can range from every 2-7 days depending on type of scar tissue and where we are at in process of scar tissue relief. Sometimes a maintenance phase is needed which is 1-2 sessions/month.