What is Scar Tissue?
There are many instances in the body where scar tissue will develop. After surgery, scar tissue will develop where the surgical incision is in the skin. If muscles and tendons were cut or repaired, scar tissue will develop there. Also, scar tissue itself forms in muscles and bones after a sprain or a fracture. In this case, if scar massage is not done, loss of range of motion and stiffness could develop in that certain region.
When to start Scar Massage and How?
Before you start massaging your scar or looking for professional to perform scar tissue massage, your scar has to be in a good place. Do not massage until your incision has fully healed and is a scar (not just a wound or scab). If you massage your scar prematurely you could cause it to reopen or tear, leading to an infection. Remember, do not massage a scar until at least 2 weeks after a surgery or injury. Massaging scar tissue is most effective in the first 2 years while the scar is still forming and healing, that will show the best results.
As there are many ways to rub a scar, here are more specific ways to do so on your own at home. The amount of pressure being applied to the scar should be slow and light. Most people might think that the deeper the better l but in reality the lighter and slower but more frequently you perform this, the more results you will be noticing. Remember, that to see the results you want, you have to be consistent.
Not to forget, lubrication is very important while performing scar massage because you want it to go smoothly. You can use vitamin E oil, Massage lotion or any other type of topical cream you prefer, as long as it stays lubricated and it doesn’t dry fast. Trust me, you do not want to end up with blisters from applying constant friction to your skin.