Scar Massage

Looking for a safe, effective scar massage?

At City Sports Massage we want to help relieve you of the feeling of restriction, or stuckness created by surgery or trauma, and to minimise the visibility of post surgery scars, whilst treating you with the utmost care and consideration. We want you to love your new body.

What is scar massage?

Scar massage is a post operative treatment that aims to either reduce visible scarring from surgery, or eradicate soft tissue tightness, restriction or pain after surgery or trauma. 

Sensations of tightness, restriction or pain can be caused by 'adhesions', which are different from visible scars. Adhesions are underneath the skin and are the body's way of repairing itself (sticking itself back together) after trauma such as surgery. Sometimes these adhesions just end up in the wrong place - and cause discomfort! Scar massage performed on adhesions aims to create more room, movement and lightness in the body.

Whilst visible (on the surface of the skin) scars are best treated within 18-24 months, adhesions can be effectively treated even many years after surgery.

Is scar massage different from scar tissue massage?

In a word no – both are working to dismantle collagen fibres. However working directly on post surgery, or trauma sites (which we do) is not offered by many massage therapists.

Many massage therapists cite ‘scar tissue massage’ as one of their modalities, but they are usually referring to the more simple and obvious muscular ‘knots’, rather than the sometimes complex adhesions under the skin, within the viscera (internal organs), or visible scarring after an operation.

How does scar massage work?

Fascia (the connective tissue which coats our muscles and internal organs and forms an interconnected, 3D web throughout our entire body) can be severely disrupted during the surgery process. Scar massage can separate adhesions and allow internal tissues to move with less hindrance or restriction.

This serves to increase range-of-movement, can reduce pain, and is extremely beneficial for general well-being.

In terms of visible scarring, it can reduce or minimise the formation of thick keloid formations, especially if done early enough.

Can I perform scar massage myself on visible scars?

For visible scars - yes – absolutely! Scar massage for visible scars is recommended by hospitals and surgeons worldwide – including the NHS. Yet this information does not always seem to reach patients. 

Visible scars benefit most from simple regular, daily, short periods of self massage, especially in the first 18-24 months post surgery. However, if the scar has formed significant adhesions underneath the skin, as is sometimes the case, then these adhesions are best treated by a Therapist specialising in Scar Massage.

It is necessary to wait until your stitches are out and the skin has completely healed before working directly on visible scars.

Scar massage can be incredibly beneficial for both physical and emotional healing, and reclaiming, and restoring one's body after surgery, but please ensure you have permission from your Doctor before booking your appointment. Once you have obtained permission from your Doctor, your Senior Level / Principal Therapist can either show you techniques on a different area of skin, or gently and sensitively carry out the work directly on the scar itself - it's up to you.

What about sensitive areas, such as post mastectomy, or C- section scars/adhesions?

Post-mastectomy clients sometimes experience tightness in the upper body area after surgery, and scar massage can help to ease and free these restrictions and adhesions.  In addition Caesarean Sections (C-Sections) can also create adhesions, which sometimes result in pain in the abdominal/pelvic area.

It is important that if you are experiencing any pain or restriction post surgery to first discuss this with your Doctor, or Surgeon before booking your appointment.

Once you have obtained permission from your Doctor, your Senior Level / Principal Therapist will be happy to carry out this work gently and sensitively.

In terms of visible scars (as opposed to adhesions) visible scars benefit most from simple regular, daily, short periods of self massage, especially in the first 18-24 months post surgery. Once you have obtained permission from your Doctor, your Senior Level / Principal Therapist can either show you techniques on a different area of skin, or gently and sensitively carry out the work directly on the scar itself - it's up to you.

What other benefits of scar massage are there?

We believe that scars are a sign of experience of life, and that with every new experience comes new knowledge, and the potential to grow. Those who feel disassociated with their bodies due to scarring can be encouraged to reclaim awareness and pride, feel re-empowered and get back in touch with their newly-modified bodies!

Will you incorporate scar massage into a wider treatment?

Yes – it is usual to carry out other massage and bodywork before working directly on the area with the presenting issue – it is important to warm up, relax, and prepare the rest of the body for remedial work.

What do I wear for a scar massage?

Generally you should wear as little as possible during your treatment—it is easier for us if you wear nothing at all, especially when working on glutes (buttocks) or hips. During the session you will be covered with a towel to retain your modesty, which is removed only to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on. Many clients wear just light, stretchy underwear on the lower body, which is also fine. The most important thing for us, is that you feel comfortable during your massage—whether you remain fully clothed, or decide on wearing your birthday suit.

Will my scar massage be painful?

We want to find the right balance for you - Your massage is all about you and what is right for you—so please don’t ever feel like you have to put up with pressure that is too heavy, or too light!. Please remember that although we are experienced at what we do, you are always in charge, so if you’re uncomfortable in any way please say - and we’ll try a different approach!

Depending on whether you've asked for a deep treatment, you might feel a little mild, post massage soreness for a day or two after a deep tissue massage. This is normal and shows that useful work was done – and that the body is healing!

I'm not sure what the right amount of pressure is for a scar massage?

Don’t worry, you’re in experienced hands and we will quickly get a feel of what is ‘right’, whilst communicating with you throughout.

How soon can I come in for a scar massage after surgery?

If you have had stitches you will need to wait until they are out and you had the ‘all clear’ from your Doctor.

If you have had a Caesarean, or C-Section, and you want to come in before you have had the six-week ‘all clear’, please also ask permission from your Midwife/Doctor.

Do I need to get permission from my Doctor before attending my appointment?

Please get permission from your Doctor in the following circumstances;

If you are NOT in remission.
If you have had any complications post surgery – or if the area is not fully healed.
If you require work on implants.

In case of doubt, it is always advisable to check with your Doctor first, as the additional peace of mind will only help you relax and enjoy your treatment more!

Can I see any of the City Sports Massage therapists?

Our Principal Therapist Jon specialises in scar massage.

What oil do you use for scar massage?

Fractionated coconut oil is used. It is an odourless, colourless, light, non-staining oil that washes easily out of fabric. It soaks into the skin and will not leave you feeling greasy; rather it has a pleasant moisturising effect, leaving skin feeling silky smooth and refreshed.

If you think scar massage would benefit you please book in a consultation today.

Each of the Therapists offer a bespoke service

A variety of massage techniques can be drawn upon by each therapist to provide you with the massage that you want. And if you’re not sure what you want? Don’t worry, you’re in experienced hands and we will quickly get a feel of what is ‘right’. Your massage is all about you and what is right for you—so please don’t ever feel like you have to put up with pressure that is too heavy, or too light!

Scars are a sign of experience of life.

With every new experience comes new knowledge, and the potential to grow. Those who feel disassociated with their bodies due to scarring are encouraged to reclaim awareness and pride, feel re-empowered and get back in touch with their newly-modified bodies!

Jon Gee City Sports Massage Principal Therapist

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