Every Scar has a tale to tell. Some scars like the story behind them fade within a few months and are long forgotten so are we are left unaffected? No. Scars have the potential to have long term and far reaching effects for both our bodies and minds.
Ask yourself who in the storybook or film has the scar? Is it the good guy? No –it is not. To make matters worse modern society upholds the image of beauty as smooth and youthful skin. Bearing all this in mind it is not exactly a shock to learn that scars can have deeply distressing effect on our mental health especially when visible on the hands, arms and face.
As a massage therapist looking at, talking about and massaging scars is something I do daily, often many times a day. This week alone I have massaged over ten scars - “why bother” I hear you cry “I’ve had my scar 20 years it doesn’t bother me!”
Well I do bother, because by massaging the scars I can release ‘stuck’ tissue (fascial adhesions), which in turn can have remarkable and instant effect on the appearance and function of your scar. Over time our circulation is restricted by scarring and thereby the soft tissue health decreases. By increasing the circulation it helps to restore function to the nerves which can reduce pain, reduce hyper-sensitivity and reduce numbness to the area and areas surrounding the scar. To illustrate this I have the stories of three clients from this week to share with you.
One client last week- a frequent visitor to Health Retreats, Massage therapists and Spas, told me no one had asked her about, touched or deliberately given her scar any attention. Caused by an accident it was located on her forearm from elbow to wrist it was highly visible and affected the function of her hand, in that some areas were numb. The injury had healed well, but the medical care she received for it had actually left her feeling traumatised in this area. After our treatment she said she felt more positive about her scar and the appearance and function had definitely improved.
Another case study is of a lovely lady who despite being in great