Integrating scar tissue into the underlying fascial web to improve the condition of the scar and surrounding tissue. ScarWork will help reconnect and promote healing on the scar surface and reduce adhesions in the underlying tissues.
Discover the benefits of ScarWork treatments
What happens when a scar forms?
Scars naturally form during the wound healing process. Due to the make up of scar tissue, having more fibrous tissue and collagen deposits than our normal skin, it means that the tissue is both structurally and functionally different. There may also have been nerve damage from an injury or surgery which can cause numbness or sensitivity in and around the area of damage.
How ScarWork affects a scar.
ScarWork is done primarily to improve feeling and functionality in the scar and surrounding tissues, creating better movement between layers of the skin,fascia and muscle. Treatments stimulate the circulation, lymphatic and nervous system to encourage renewed healing and promote tissue health. Visually, cosmetic changes can occur. Scars often appear smaller,lighter and less prominent but the emphasis is on the underlying tissue changes. The work starts with the surface layers and moves deeper into fascial tissue under the scar. ScarWork can help resolve nerve impairment or symptoms such as numbness, pain or sensitivity. Changes that occur to the scar and nerve function should be permanent. Tightness in surrounding tissues is reduced, muscle function in the area can be improved. Knots and tight ropey scars are softened and loosened, ridges and holes can be minimised. Multiple treatments maybe needed to gain the most benefit and response to treatment will vary for each individual.
Will it hurt?
ScarWork is not like traditional scar massage. It is rarely painful, even for new scars. Using a variety of specially developed movements, the practitioner will work on and around the scar. Although seemingly effortless, treatments can instigate whole body shifts where patterns of dysfunction caused by old or new injuries are released.
Which scars can be treated?
All kinds of scars from very old to newly healed (once discharged from your doctor) can be treated using ScarWork. They could be the result of an accident, operation or cosmetic surgery, such as:
- Knee replacement
- Hip replacement
- Skin grafts
- Facial scarring
- Foot surgery
- Abdominal surgery
- Appendix removal
- Gall bladder removal
- Caesarean section
- Breast surgery
- Spinal surgery
- Heart by-pass surgery
- Achilles tendon surgery
- Childhood injury
- Portacath and tube/drain sites
- Tummy tuck surgery
- And many more….
ScarWork was developed by Sharon Wheeler of Seattle, USA. At age 23, Sharon studied and trained with Dr Ida Rolf the founder of Structural Integration, better know as Rolfing.
Sharon discovered she was able to change and promote healing in scars while working as a therapist. She has spent over 40 years developing her techniques and is still continuing to treat clients and run a training program for experienced physical therapists.
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