Because scars can look nice and neat on the surface, we don’t consider the irregularly patched layers underneath that form scar tissue, strengthening the vulnerable area, but also exerting a three-dimensional pull inside your body. This scar tissue becomes an internal adhesion that can bind together formerly separate structures in your body and can reach far away from the site of the scar.
After surgery, scar releases through massage and mobilisation techniques can continue to restore the incision area and the layers beneath for optimum recovery and function.
All scars need this type of treatment to reduce the risk of adhesions building up and causing long term concerns. This treatment is recommended from as early as 10 weeks post operation, as long as the area is healed and there are no scabs, open areas, or signs of infection.
Non-surgical adhesions can be caused by the daily life causes of repetitive movement or repetitive stress (think of sitting at your desk all day without much movement, or repeatedly lifting and moving heavy loads). Dehydration (even mild, chronic dehydration) can lead to non-surgical adhesions for some people, especially when coupled with repetitive stress or movement.
This 90 minute treatment includes:
- Assessment of your breathing strategy and diaphragm function, as the way you breathe can help or hinder your recovery
- Abdominal massage to promote blood flow
- Myofascial release to work on the chain reaction that adhesions have on the whole body
- Massage with a special tool to help release the connective tissue in the layers underneath the skin
- Manual scar massage and mobilisation
- Advice on hydration, nourishment and nutrition to support healing and enhance your recovery.
Further sessions will address other areas in your body that have compensated for having an operation, such as your lower back, legs, neck and shoulders and even your feet! An operation of this nature really need to be looked at from a global perspective when treating you, as the issues don’t just lie around the scar area.
If you have areas on your scar that are thickened, look darker, or are pitting (pulling down from the scar into your tummy, sometimes giving ladies an appearance of an overhang), than this is the ideal treatment for you. If you are experiencing nagging pain or discomfort, that you hadn’t before you had your operation, then this treatment is also great to have.
This treatment is recommended every 2-3 weeks for three sessions, to gain the best results. Additional sessions may be required, depending on the nature of your scar, and the adhesions formed.
I also offer a scar workshop, so that you can learn the techniques for yourself. see the link here
“I feel taller, lighter and lost the tightness I felt whenever I stood up. I don’t feel the twinges in my scar area that I used to, and my neck pain has gone too! A wonderful treatment that every mama who has birthed this way should invest in”. Stacey
“I honestly cannot recommend Nina highly enough! I first met Nina when I was 30ish weeks into my second pregnancy for a much needed pregnancy massage. I then went onto need a second emergency c-section, this time with some serious complications. At 12 weeks post surgery I was still unable to drive and in pain from just getting out of bed or standing up too quickly off of the sofa. After finding out from the gp I would have to wait 14 weeks to be seen by a consultant at the hospital.
I decided to get in touch with Nina (the best decision ever!!) I booked to see Nina for a c-section scar assessment and massage. Nina was sure that I had adhesions and needed to work on my scar to encourage the scar tissue to lay neatly and heal correctly. After just one massage I no longer had pain from standing up!
After 3 further treatments from Nina and lots of homework massages which Nina carefully taught me how to do myself, I can now drive- in all this has taken nearly 7 months- a day I often felt like would never come but with Nina’s expert knowledge, caring and reassuring nature, she gave me the knowledge and support needed to get my freedom back!
I can’t thank Nina enough and encourage anyone who has had a c-section recently or even years ago, if your scar causes pain or just doesn’t feel right or even if you think your scar is fine- my scar felt fine after my first c-section but was adhered and added to the complications during my second labour and surgery. So please visit the Suffolk woman’s wellness centre for a scar assessment or book on to the c section scar workshop so Nina can give you the support needed as she really has changed my life!” Jasmine
“I first visited Nina after struggling to heal following a caesarean and I haven’t looked back. Nina is highly trained and quickly identified what I needed to move forward. After a few one to one sessions I felt ready to complete her Get your Bodacious Back- a carefully structured program which focuses on looking after yourself on the inside as well as on the outside with exercises to do at home tailored to your individual needs. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and can see enormous improvements in my core strength and energy levels, I have lost weight and my body shape has completely changed. Nina always made the classes varied, energetic and great fun! I have no hesitation in recommending her.” Charlotte
“Having had three C-sections in 5 years, I had been left a pouch where my scar lay, and also a ‘ledge’ a few inches above my scar. It was noticeable through clothing and I was getting more and more self conscious of it. After a bit of googling I found that it was quite possible myofascial massage I needed to help break down scar tissue. I found that this was something Nina offered and having already met her, didn’t hesitate to book an appointment.