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ScarWork treatment is used to improve the health and feel of scars from surgery or accidents. After treatment, clients often comment their scars feel softer, mobility has improved and they feel less pain. Improvement after treatment seems to be lasting and even single sessions can be helpful. Generally a series of treatments is most effective and will be discussed as treatment Reducing pain, increasing function, mobility and quality of life which has been effected by internal and external scars. Not all clients will have a visual change, but usually the scar will feel smoother, softer and looser after treatment.
ScarWork has been developed over a forty year period by American therapist Sharon Wheeler. Sharon trained with Dr. Ida Rolf the founder of Structural Integration also known as Rolfing. Sharon has spent her lifetime working with scar tissue. She is continually developing and expanding techniques and is in demand internationally. Today there are just over 300 therapists in the Uk qualified to deliver ScarWork.
ScarWork treatment is not painful, and usually gently progresses through the layers of tissue from the upper levels of the skin, deep into the fascia and muscles at the speed that is right to help promote your recovery. We believe if a client feels relaxed, their bodies will respond better to treatment. We need the cells to be in “renew and repair” mode. This often happens at rest or while we sleep, or relax, so avoiding pain and creating a calm environment all helps to make your treatment deliver the best results.
A variety of specifically developed techniques and movements will be used on and around the scar, working at your level of comfort. The techniques are soft, gentle and slow movements. Although seemingly effortless, the treaments can improve areas of the body where its natural function has been comprimised by old or new scars.
ScarWork is done primarily to improve feeling and functionality in the scar and surrounding tissues and to create better movement between the layers of the skin, fascia (connective tissue) and muscles. 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 improve 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 and muscle function in the area can be improved. Knots and tight ropy scars are softened and loosened, ridges and holes can be minimised. Multiple treatments may be needed to gain the most benefit and response to treatment will vary for each individual.
* Release Tightness
Scar therapy can help loosen and release tight scar tissue to reduce discomfort. Treatment can be beneficial on both new and old scar tissue
* Help Restricted Mobility
By reducing tightness and encouraging mobility between the layers of skin, fascia and muscle, range of movement can often improve
* Reduce Sensitivity and Pain
Trapped nerve endings and irritated scar tissue can be a factor for prolonged discomfort. Therapeutic touch may reduce pain and help to normalise sensitivity
* Stimulate and Boost Healing
Scar massage is often recommended by surgeons as a way to promote optimum scar healing after surgery and may minimise longer term complications
*Support Emotional Wellbeing
Therapeutic touch can be powerful way to aid emotional recovery and help you accept changes in your body after a surgery or accident
All kinds of scars from very old to newly healed (once you have been discharged by your doctor) can be treated using ScarWork. It is important that before treatment scars are healed, dry and infection free. The scars could be the result of an accident, operation or cosmetic surgery, such as:
Achilles tendon surgery
Appendix or gallbladder removal scars
Breast augmentation or reduction scars
Bowel resection scar
Cancer surgery scars
Carcinoma and melonoma removal scars
Cesarean section scar
Drain and port scars
Joint replacement (Hip, knee, shoulder) scars
Keyhole surgery scars
Mastectomy, lumpectomy and reconstruction scars
Open heart surgery
Scars from accidents
and many more......
ScarWork is not a replacement for conventional treatment. Keloid scars and acne scars can not be treated with ScarWork. If you are in doubt, ask your doctor or consultant if you can safely have treatments on your scar. We may ask your consultant for permission to treat.
The price of an initial appointment includes a full consultation, discussing full medical history and symptoms resulting from your scar such as tightness, sensitivity, pain or reduced mobility. Also the aims you have to improve your scar and comfort.
After your first treatment we will discuss the number of sessions which will give you the results which you would like. Usually 4-8 sessions is found to be sufficient, however this depend on the history of your scar.