Who can benefit from ScarWork or scar massage?
If you have had a surgery, or an accident leaving a scar, such as a burn or a road traffic accident you may benefit from scar therapy. It doesn't matter if the scar is very old, your body is renewing it's cells all the time and stimulation of the scar and area with these specialist techniques can help promote improvements.
What is ScarWork?
ScarWork is a manual treatment, given by a professional therapist to stimulate change in a scar and the underlying tissue. Treatment is given without oils or creams and is always within your comfort levels. ScarWork was developed by Sharon Wheeler, a Rolfer from America who has been specialising in this field for over 40 years and now teaches around the world.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary depending on the problem and individual. Usually 4-8 treatments are recommended between 1-4 weeks apart (depending on the age of your scar). Your initial appointment will include an assessment, and the therapist will discuss your treatment plan at the end of the session. Each treatment often brings an incremental improvement.
What should I wear to my appointment?
The therapist will need to access the areas around your scar during treatment, wear comfortable clothes such as tracksuits/shorts or loose fitting items if you prefer not to undress. If the scar is along the bikini line (such as a hysterectomy or caesarean scar) your modesty is always respected and your underwear will not be removed. The therapist will just need to expose the scar and about 1-2cm into the bikini area.
Can you treat me if I have a cancer diagnosis?
We have many clients who have undergone surgery for cancer. If you are still under consultant care following a cancer diagnosis, we will contact your consultant prior to treatment (with your permission) to check there would be no reasons treatment would be unsuitable. If possible, post surgery but before radiotherapy having a scar treatment may be helpful as often complications in scar healing and tissue fibrosis (RFS) happen as a result of the radiotherapy.
When shall I start treatments?
ScarWork or scar massage treatments can usually start around 6-14 weeks after a surgery. This will depend on how complicated and invasive your surgery and recovery have been. Bigger surgeries take longer for the deeper layers in the body to fully knit together. It's a good idea to get in touch with our clinic early, so we can contact your consultant and schedule an appointment at a time to suit you.
Is my scar too old to improve?
Scar tissue will never be as functional as pre-injury tissue, and we can't 'magic' your scar away, but even if your scar is many decades old, it is likely to feel softer and looser with ScarWork treatments.
Will my health insurance cover treatment costs?
Unfortunately most healthcare providers do not currently cover treatment. There have been exceptions, so we recommend that you confirm with your insurance company and we will be happy to provide receipts for any appointments.
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