Scarring has many causes from accidents to acne, surgery, illnesses such as chicken pox, and countless other reasons. Scars can be very embarrassing and can have a negative effect on your self-perception, especially if it is especially rigid or firm and difficult to hide.
The development of scarring or internal scar tissue is how the body naturally reacts to surgical incision, liposuction, plastic surgery, or injury. The extent of the internal or external scar tissue can vary depending on a number of factors.
The Scar Hardening Process
Over time, both external and internal scars could become very hard or un-pliable. When scars become stiff, they can even be quite painful. Scars can become fibrous with bands that extend on a subcutaneous level or they could be superficial on the skin’s exterior. Scars can discolor and make ripples in the skin and in some instances, scarring over a joint area could cause restricted range of motion.
The long-term effects of scar tissue can vary depending on the actual location and the level of severity. Scar tissue is primarily made up of dense fibers of collagen. The composition could restrict lymphatic and blood circulation. This will cause surrounding structures and tissues to be put under stress. This type of stress could lead to:
- Pinched nerves
- Numbing sensations and pain
- Range of motion and flexibility restrictions
- Atrophy in certain muscles
Through the use of massage, one can manipulate the scar tissue as it develops and it can greatly minimize issues surrounding the development of scars.
Softening Scar Tissue
Massage is a good way to reduce the buildup of scar tissue. Working along and against the grain of the muscle fibers should loosen and break up scar tissue. This will cause the adhesions to loosen up, as well. This should relax tightening and increase flexibility and ability for movement.
More than likely, the scar tissue will begin to form again. Staying consistent with massaging daily for about 2 minutes can help the tissue lay down and become more linear than when the scar originally formed. This is something that can be easily done when you are applying your scar treatment.
Massage therapy is considered to be the best manual manipulation of soft tissue to provide increased circulation. Depending on the severity of the scars, massage might be painful to endure, especially if it the first attempt at scar tissue is being broken up. The pain will decrease over time as more massage is completed.
When scar tissue loosens up, those tissues normally get reabsorbed by the body. To promote the tissue to lie down properly, massage should be performed along the muscle fiber. This will help the adhesion fibers parallel to muscle fibers to lie down properly, making your scar become flush with the surrounding skin.
It could take a couple of months to achieve your goal depending on the consistency of the massage. Using it more than once a week will help to ensure a reduction in pain. In some cases, magnetic therapies used in conjunction with massage can also help to soften the scar tissue at a faster pace.
Have you tried massaging your scar?
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