We get scars when our skin is damaged. When you skin your knee as a child the healing process creates a scab which comes away (or maybe you picked it off?) and the new pink skin underneath blends in and there is nothing to see.
However, when the wound goes into the deeper layer of the skin, the healing response is different and new collagen is created. This is what we see on the surface as a scar.
Scars differ in appearance. Some are raised and thickened (called hypertrophic or keloid scarring) and some can be sunken and pitted if the underlying structures (fat, muscle) are lost.
Scars can be formed by accident, surgery, burns, acne, or stretching – women get stretch marks from the expansion during pregnancy and I have seen lots of stretch marks on the backs of people who had rapid growth spurts during adolescence.
The scar you see on the surface is like the tip of the iceberg. Consider the incision for a ceasarian section goes through all the layers of the skin, the fascia and abdominal muscles and the wall of the uterus. So there is a depth and breadth of scar tissue under the skin that you can’t see.
It is well documented that abdominal scars can be associated with back pain, hip pain, diaphragmatic breathing, jaw and shoulder problems.
It doesn’t matter how long you have had the scar, working on it with this technique will still change things.
I have to thank Alistair McLoughlin who created it, so we now have the McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release® (MSTR) which I have learned. If you can get to Portsmouth, come and see me.
These scars have had 4 treatments
Sue worked on my scars from 53 years ago. I have noticed how much smoother they are and the appearance has changed as they don't seem to dominate the whole area as they always did. My breathing capacity has increased in addition my keep fit teacher has commented that my movements have increased. I am able to do certain exercises I couldn't do before.
Scars anywhere on the body can restrict the range of movement
After the removal of lymph nodes 8 years ago this was the change in the range of movement in just 2 sessions. This has made a huge difference for this lady in everyday activities.
After 4 sessions there is a significant change in this 40 year old scar that was caused by the removal of my knee cap - still working on it when I remember!