The presence of scar tissue in the body – however big or small the outward appearance of the scar can affect the layers of tissues under the skin, causing tension and discomfort not only in the area of the scar, but it can also influence the way the whole body functions.
The photos here are of my own fracture / dislocation ankle injury, external fixation and internal fixation. All of this means I have multiple scars – initially the fixation points for the carbon rods, which look small and insignificant – but can cause their own issues; then the second surgical procedure where a screw and a plate were placed to hold the fractured bones in place – two more scars – this time a lot more obvious.
However, all of these scars can cause problems to the skin, the fascia and also any other soft tissues cut through. These surgical interventions left me with a great and stable ankle but also occasional pain and discomfort in the soft tissues and numbness in the skin. The ScarWork treatment I have received so far has returned a large percentage of the sensation around the scars. Integrated with the EMMETT Technique I have received from colleagues, including Ross Emmett, this has given me a much more functional and comfortable ankle after a very tricky fracture.
Why have Scar Therapy?
Every year thousands of people undergo surgery or have serious accidents leaving them with scar tissue. For some people, their scar may leave them feeling tight or uncomfortable. Others may not notice any physical discomfort but could still benefit from physical therapy as part of their rehabilitation, structural or soft tissue treatment.
ScarWork treatment is used to improve the health and feel of scars from surgery or accidents.
* Release Tightness
Scar therapy can help loosen and release tight scar tissue to reduce discomfort. Treatment can be beneficial on both new and old scar tissue
* Help Restricted Mobility
By reducing tightness and encouraging mobility between the layers of skin, fascia and muscle, range of movement can often improve
* Reduce Sensitivity and Pain
Trapped nerve endings and irritated scar tissue can be a factor for prolonged discomfort. Therapeutic touch may reduce pain and help to normalise sensitivity
* Stimulate and Boost Healing
Scar massage is often recommended by surgeons as a way to promote optimum scar healing after surgery and may minimise longer term complications
*Support Emotional Wellbeing
Therapeutic touch can be powerful way to aid emotional recovery and help you accept changes in your body after a surgery or accident.
The body is a fascinating structure and we continue to learn its’ many secrets. One of the more recent anatomical discussions revolves around the importance of the structure called Fascia and how it assists smooth and flexible movement.
Lots of You Tube clips are now available to describe this amazing web that wraps around the other tissues and organs in the body.I have also completed Sharon Wheeler’s Scarwork course in London, and repeated again in Aberavon. This method has a larger range of scar release techniques. I completed a specialist course in breast surgery scars in November 2018 and a specialist Course for Musculo-Skeletal ScarWork.
I have also trained with Alistair McLoughlin in 2017, learning his simple effective technique.
I see these technique as being fully complementary to my use of EMMETT Technique as they are gentle and light touch. I look forward to discussing the possibilities with existing and new clients.