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ScarWork: What is it?

An insight into this lesser known form of massage.

I really enjoy the variety of scars that patients trust me to treat - each and every one different, not only the scar itself but the impact it has on the person's life and the experience out of which it was created. No two treatments are ever the same, with such a wide variety of powerful yet gentle techniques, I let what I feel beneath my hands lead the way.

I often get asked what sort of scar ScarWork can be useful for, and the simple answer is...pretty much any scar.

The body is an amazing organism and has its own natural healing processes. Meaning that many, if not most, scars will heal perfectly well on their own. However, some scars may benefit from an additional helping hand when the natural healing process hasn't gone quite to plan.

These scars may be ones that have become infected during the early days of healing, or maybe a scar that has been re-opened such as a C-section, a large or widespread scar or perhaps a scar from an injury or emergency surgery where the wound was not a neat incision.

Just as important though, is whether the scar bothers you. Does it feel lumpy and bumpy, or tight and restrictive? Irritate against clothing or feel uncomfortable either emotionally or physically? Those sorts of scars are the ones most likely to benefit and I would be delighted to help you with them.

If you have planned surgery coming up there are things you can do to help the natural healing process, both before and after.

Prior to surgery...

  • Keep your skin hydrated with a good quality natural based moisturiser.

  • Drink plenty of water so the tissue under your skin is hydrated.

  • Feed your body with nutritious food.

Going into surgery with your skin, and all that lies beneath, in the best health possible will have a positive impact on how well your scar heals.

After surgery or the formation of any scar by any be honest, the same advice applies!

  • Keep your skin and scar hydrated (once it has closed over), preferably with a specific medical scar cream such as Alhydran.

  • Keep your body hydrated and eat well.

  • Follow the advice of your rehab team - do the exercises.

  • Remember that rest is very important too for optimal healing!

There are a number of very good scar products available which will really help your scar have the best possible chance to heal to its optimal level and I'm happy to help with recommendations and advice - please get in touch via clinic.

- Rachel lives in Lancashire and visits our clinic dependent on demand. Contact her directly (07940 748830) or speak to our reception (01622 661883) to make your interest known.

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