Scar tissue and Abdominal-Sacral Massage

Do you have some abdominal scars you hate? Had a c-section or some abdominal surgery years ago or even recently? Wishing you could get back in your bikini or just get your tummy looking how it was? Well then I’ve got some great news for you – you can with abdominal massage! More importantly getting rid of that scar tissue will not just improve how your abdomen looks but it could help you avoid some serious health problems in the future…

I often have clients come in for an abdominal-sacral massage who mention as an afterthought that they don’t like their scars who are then so pleasantly surprised when I tell them that these scars can practically disappear with plenty of massage. Often this is not the reason they came in for treatment but a very welcome surprise none the less.  They then get another surprise when I tell them that this scar tissue is a likely contributor to their symptoms that they came to have treated. Clearly this is a topic where a bit more awareness could help a lot of people.

So What is Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue (a.k.a adhesions) is the tough tissue that forms after a cut (surgical or otherwise) through the skin and tissue of the body. When the body heals this cut the tissue grows back in the quickest direction which means all the proteins are facing the same way. Normally in skin and tissue all the proteins that make them up overlap each other in various direction. This formation makes it very easy for blood & lymph vessels and nerves to wiggle through – even when new ones are being formed.

C-Section Adhesions: cutting so deeply into the body can create significant adhesions as the body heals. These can spread into pain-sensitive structures, causing pain or dysfunction. Thanks to Clear Passage (www.clearpassage.com) for kindly providing permission for us to share this image. Please click on the image to see the original posting.

When there is scar tissue all the proteins facing in the same direction create a kind of barrier to most of these vessels and nerves as they try to regrow. As these vessels have been cut there’s nowhere for the fluid that clears toxins from your tissue to go and the barrier makes it hard for it to find another route. This then builds up as a blockage around the scar which feel like little lumps.

The body then deposits fat in this area to protect the body from the build up of toxins. The bigger the scar the more blockages there are as there are less alternative routes for the toxins to leave the body. This means you can end up with a large protruding or lumpy scar after surgery rather than just something that looks like a small cut. The blockages, toxins and fat that build up around this tissue can cause problems.

What are the health implications?

As toxins and fat build up around the scar this creates more blockages which further restrict blood flow. Restricted blood flow and adhesions can very quickly have a bad effect on the surrounding organs by putting pressure on them, reducing their nutrient supply and toxin elimination abilities  and generally stopping them working at 100%.

The presence of these adhesions is like having sealant around some of your organs – it can stick them together, pull or push them out of alignment and block them. As you can imagine this can cause all sorts of problems for your body or aggravate something that’s already there.

Issues I’ve seen that are related to scar tissue are IBS, twisted colon, chronic abdominal pain, weight issues, painful ovulation, problematic periods, infertility, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, constipation, constant bloating and tilted uterus to name a few. Luckily there is a treatment..

Massage can help!

Fortunately massage can break down scar tissue. Massaging the abdomen increases the blood flow & lymph supply which helps to carry away the toxins and reduce the blockages. This increase in blood flow also encourages new vessels to grow which can now happen as there are less blockages acting as a barrier. Vessel regrowth then further breaks down the adhesions so your body can really start to heal.

Abdominal-sacral massage also realigns the organs and relieves any pressure on them so they can start working more effectively. Massage helps the layers of tissue pull apart from each other and reduce adhesions quickly. All this stops any further complications after surgery in its tracks and allows your body to do the rest so as you can see there are some big health benefits to be had here!

What are the benefits of having this massage now?

A lot of these complications are much better to avoid than treat and many people don’t associate some of the symptoms of complications (such as bloating or constipation) with scar tissue. This means the problem continues to get more serious so it’s best to get treated before it gets to that stage.

If you feel you’re already at that stage don’t worry – you can still heal. I’ve treated some rather serious cases with complete success – it’s just nicer for you if you don’t have to get to that stage.

Another good reason to have the massage now is not so much a health benefit but that it improve the appearance of your scars. This often helps people feel better about themselves after surgery. Nothing wrong with how scars look but it’s always nice when they can be reduced. Generally there’s a noticeable difference in the scar’s appearance after just one massage so now is a great time to get treated.

(N.B. Scars cannot be massaged until approximately 8 weeks after surgery – if you have any concerns about when you can start massaging please feel free to contact me.)

I am currently offering 3 treatments for just £120 (saving £55) so why not book an appointment today? Email me at jo-medhurst@live.co.uk or call 07973 186288.

Abdominal Massage Self Help Workshops are also now available. This self help massage is taught during treatments but is now offered as a separate workshop as well for those who would like to try it or just have a taster session to see what abdominal massage is like. Click on the link below for more details.
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Jo practices Abdominal-Sacral Massage, EFT, Indian Head Massage and Reiki here at The Wellbeing Centre. She is passionate about helping people that come in for treatments with her and also provides information on self-help techniques you can use to speed up your healing process.


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  • Interesting blog. I am amazed at how many patients I come across who have not been told to ‘work on their scars’ especially women who have had c-sections. I have seen a lot of women who have pain or other problems from their c-section scars I always recommend that people ‘work’ on them either by themselves or by a professional like Jo. It really does make a difference.

    • Jo Medhurst says:

      Thanks Rosie. I’m amazed too that it’s not recommended more as it helps so much – so the more people that are aware and encouraging it the better!

    • Yes, I wish I’d known about it before as I’m sure it would have helped. However, 7 years on and I’m finding at last that I have a tool to help deal with this scar that is still an issue for me! Thanks, Jo!

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