Myofascial Pain prevention: Surgery Scars

Anyone who’s had a surgical procedure knows how unsightly the scars can be, and how they will look after they heal is a concern. But to us, more important that esthetics, is how your tissue will function after the surgery. Scar tissue is dense, and as a part of the healing process it can become bound to other tissue around it. If left untreated these adhesions can slowly cause pain and dysfunction in the immediate area around the scar, and also trigger a larger dysfunctional pattern in the tissue and joints around it.

We treat scars from all types of surgeries to help prevent thickening and puckering of the scar, and to maintain or increase flexibility. One of the most common surgery scars we see is from Cesarean Section. These scars can adhere to the large quantity of abdominal connective tissue and create a binding force on the uterus, bladder and colon, and can also contribute to lower back and hip pain many years after the procedure. Scars are most easily treated in the months after surgery (when your incision has fully healed and you have been released by your physician), but can still be successful years later. The longer time has passed, the more adhered the tissue will likely be, and the more sessions you will need in order to see improvement.

Scar tissue work is not just limited to Cesarean Section. Rotator cuff, spine, hip and knee replacements, carpal tunnel and Achilles’ scars can all be positively impacted by this work. If you have a scar that you’d like us to evaluate, schedule a 30 minute Neuromuscular Therapy session at your convenience!

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