Scar Tissue Massage

Scar Tissue Massage

Scars develops as a result of injury to the skin.  Generally through burns, surgeries or deep lacerations that penetrate the skin.  After the top skin layers have healed, the skin is still focusing on forming the collagen fibers surrounding the area.  Some damage can be in recovery for three months to up to a year before its fully recovered.

Depending on its ability to recover, scar tissue has general characteristics including: Scar Tissue Massage

  • Becomes hard and non-pliable
  • Bands of fibers on or below the surface
  • Skin tightens or shortens, which may limit range of motion, comprise function or cause deformity.
  • Becomes dry and reopens to form a new wound. This is happens for skin grafts, which do not produce oil or sweat.


Long-Term Effects

While this healing the formation of scar tissue is the bodys way of recovering quickly from major trauma, it can also set the stage for problems.  Scar tissue is primarily made of collagen, its fibrosity restricts adequate circulation. The lack of blood flow and lymph drainage occurring in scar tissue can restrict range of motion, and cause further issues to surrounding areas. Some of the possible long-term effects can include:

  • Nerve impingement
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Limited range of motion and flexibility
  • Postural misalignment
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Tissue hypoxia
  • An increase in potential for future injury

Scar tissue massage includes several techniques that are used to increase circulation and drainage (lymphatic massage), increase the range of motion (myofascial release),  reduce or prevent adhesion (deep tissue massage), hydration and lubrication of the scars using special oils, vitamin e or essential oils (aromatherapy massage), increasing flexibility and pliability of the area (hot stone, heat application).  When working with scar tissue, the massage therapist will be attempt to stimulate the area and it may become uncomfortable. Wiht this type of massage, its important that you communicate with your therapist your comfort level so you can discuss how to reach your goal considering the discomfort it may cause..