All scars, whether from a childhood accident, surgery or trauma have the potential to have a lifelong effect on the body. This type of tissue can grow in any direction, including internally, in web like tendrils as it attempts to bring stability to the site of the injury.
It is of course part of the body’s natural healing process as fibroblasts deposit fibrous tissues in a bid to knit the wound together and return stability to the area of weakness or damage.
These fibrous tissue are very successful at binding wounds, however often they continue to deposit layers of collagen fibres which can result in other near by structures becoming bound and stuck. This can cause the body to become pulled out of alignment, restricting function of organs and full range of movement of joints. Theses fibrous tissues could be thought of as internal scarring, or adhesions, Endometriosis and Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder) are two examples of this.
By gently applying just the right amount of pressure directly on the surface scar and then following the lines of tension in the deeper tissues, Scar Tissue Therapy is an effective hands on approach in returning function and mobility to areas of the body which have become unnecessarily bound and restricted. The surface scar itself is often left feeling smoother and more colour matched to the surrounding surface tissues.
This following testimonial from Liz, a North Shore Structural Integration’s client perhaps explains it best:
“After only two sessions, my left arm and shoulder (the surgery side), had a greater range of movement than my right. I could scarcely believe my eyes and kept going around throwing my arms up to test the truth of it. Fascia release work on my abdominal scar also freed it, effectively ‘breaking up’ the scar tendrils that had crept out to join the scars higher up. I have restored sensation to areas previously numb. A straighter hip now makes for better balance and less weight on my left foot and knee.”
North Shore Structural Integration guidelines require that scars have a degree of maturity and prefer 6 months healing
to have been completed before any Scare Tissue Therapy is applied.