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Scar Tissue Reduction

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Mobilizing a New Scar

At about the 3 week mark in healing a scar, such as one you get from a surgery, it is important to mobilize (move) the scar so that it does not form adhesions.

If you are coming to see me for post-operative recovery therapy, this will be part of the protocol that is done in addition to the lymphatic massage.  Scar mobilization of new scar is very gentle and most people feel almost nothing.

When scars are left to their own devices they can cause problems down the road and will likely require release.

 

Why Is It Important to Release Scar Tissue?

 

Scars Can Restrict Normal Range of Motion

 
scars can restrict normal range of motion - reduce scar appearance Albuquerque

Scar tissue is the body’s way of repairing injuries caused by sprains, strains, repetitive injury, tears, surgery, and bone fractures.  It is an intentionally disorganized network of collagen that is laid down to hold together tissues that have sustained damage so that they can heal.

In an ideal world, the disorganized network of scar tissue is remodeled when healing is complete so that normal motion and function are restored to the body part that sustained the injury.  However, this does not always happen and scar tissue begins to contract and restrict motion even further.  Joint contractors are often caused by scar tissue contraction.

Scar Tissue Reduction and Management works to remodel (realign) the collagen fibers so that range of motion, strength, and mobility are restored.  Superficially, the appearance of scars often improves significantly after realignment.

 

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Shannon Goins-Blair LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Functional Medicine Coach
 
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
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and
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Feel Better Today

With a

Lymphatic Detox Massage
or
Get Relief for Your Swelling

 

 

Plastic Surgery?

Recover Faster with

Post Op Lymphatic Massage

from a licensed professional who specializes in post op massage
To help get rid of those lumps

 

 

Shannon Goins-Blair LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Functional Medicine Coach
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
Certified Alternative Wellness Practitioner
and
Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, L2

Terapeuta linfática certificada
LMT certificado por la junta

Having Trouble Making Your Appointment?

How to Use the Online Booking System

 

Am I the Right Therapist for You?

 
 

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

Doy la bienvenida a los clientes
que hablan español.

Si no habla inglés, envíeme un mensaje de texto al 505-554-5185 o correo electrónico en español.

¡No hablo mucho español, pero estoy aprendiendo!

Puedo comunicarme contigo usando el traductor de google. Muchos de mis clientes no hablan inglés y no tengo problemas para comunicarme con ellos.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
2620 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite E   
Albuquerque

Map & Directions
Haga clic aquí para ver el mapa y las direcciones

 

 

Scars Can Cause Altered Posture

The picture to the right shows a scar from open heart surgery.  The tightening of this scar can alter posture by pulling the front of the shoulders in the direction of the scar.  

scar tissue reduction - scar from open heart surgery causes shoulders to round forward leading to back and neck pain - scars can cause altered posture - heal scars Albuquerque

Forward shoulders cause the top of the back to arch and the neck to strain to keep the head upright.  

Over time this can lead to serious back and neck issues.  Remodeling the scar tissue can allow the shoulders to return to normal position.

Breast surgeries such as mastectomies and large lumpectomies can cause similar altered posture.  Scar massage is highly recommended to help reduce the severity of the impact on posture.

While you will get the best results from going to a professional who has been trained in scar massage, you can help the process along by doing it at home.  This helps to maintain the progress you get during your sessions with your therapist.  Here’s a video on how to do self scar massage after breast cancer surgery.

Scars Can Cause Painful, Sometimes Dangerous Adhesions

 

In the case of abdominal surgery, scars (commonly referred to as adhesions) can tug, pinch, and twist vital organs causing blockages. 

What is deceptive about scars is that they appear to be superficial, but they can run deep through the body wherever tissue was cut or damaged.

scar from abdominal surgery can lead to deep adhesions that can cause pain and twist vital organs - scars can cause dangerous adhesions - heal scars Albuquerque

 

The healing process is one of stabilization of the tissues.  So, as scar tissue works to stabilize an injured area, it reaches out in all directions to find anchor points to start building reinforcing tissue (scar).  These anchor points are often bones and nearby organs.

Over time, as long as months or years later, the contracting scar tissue can create pain.  Oftentimes, the scar tissue has pinched a nerve.  Scar reduction techniques are generally effective at improving these types of symptoms.

adhesions can cause painful cramping in the abdomen - heal scars Albuquerque

Other problems include inflammation (irritation) of organs that have been used as anchor points.  These can be serious, so see your doctor if you have concerns and make sure that you are cleared for scar massage techniques before making an appointment.  Scar remodeling can help lessen the symptoms.

If your symptoms are severe and possibly include bloating, constipation, inability to pass stool, nausea, or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately as these could be signs of an intestinal blockage.  Blockages happen when adhesions cause the intestines to twist.  This is an emergency and you should not attempt to massage the area as it could rupture.

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Mature Scar Tissue Reduction and Management

Since scar tissue does not have the same flexibility as normal tissue, restrictions in movement, pinching, and tugging are not uncommon.  It is possible to  “mobilize,” or restructure the scar tissue so that it moves  well with the tissues around it.

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Therapy using Myofascial Release, Cupping, Kinesio Tape, and Electro-Lymphatic Therapy are all methods that can improve the appearance and texture of scars. including deep adhesions that may have resulted from surgery.

 

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Getting professional
scar release therapy
following surgery
greatly improves mobility
and reduces pain.