Having a baby is a big deal. Whether you are a first time mum or experienced it all before, all mums have countless concerns about having a baby. If you’re having a caesarean section, also known as a C-section, the prospect of having a surgery AND a baby at the same time can be overwhelming. Don’t Panic! You are in good company 1 in 3 women in Australia have C-sections and welcome healthy babies every day.
A Guarantee of a C-Section is a scar.
Medical science has improved and along with it better methods are now used to reduce internal scar tissue adhesions. Modern C-Sections nearly all use the Pfannenstiehl incision (horizontal just above the pubic bone). No abdominal muscle tissue is actually cut but the surrounding fascia is, the fascia gives the muscle it's shape. The incisions made are to the fascial walls of the abdominal cavity and finally to the Uterus in order to bring your baby into the world!
Think of your scar like an iceberg - what you see on the surface is not the whole story. There is much that can be done to improve the health of the tissue surrounding the scar and the scar itself with massage.
In order to understand why you should massage your scar it is important to understand a little bit more about scar tissue itself.