Reducing pain, increasing function, mobility and quality of life which has been effected by internal and external scars

ScarWork

ScarWork in Brentwood

Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal wounds, however it doesn’t always happen as smoothly as we hope for; or indeed, the surface scar may look great but underneath it may be a different story.  With the formation of fibrosis, adhesions and the body’s need for structural stability sometimes, our scars can cause us pain; impact function, movement and ultimately our quality of life.

My Journey with ScarWork

Like many people around the world I have scars, some are a result of injury (I was a very clumsy child) and some a result of surgery.  These scars are a part of who I am, and they contribute to the story of my life.  I am lucky in that I am at peace with my scars and thought they had healed well.  However, it wasn’t until I had ScarWork on my caesarean scar that I realised its impact on my left leg.  My scar was tighter on the left side and had some underlying adhesions; it occurred to me that I was always a lot tighter in my left leg and would often get crap in my left hip when running on the spot.  After ScarWork treatment I was able to move my left leg through full range without any sticking or restriction.  I was amazed!!

Because of my experience I decided to train in ScarWork to find out more.  So, in June 2018 I completed my training in Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork with Emma Holly of Restore Therapy and became a Certified ScarWork Therapst.

Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork

Sharon Wheeler is an American manual therapist, trained in Structural Integration (also known as Rolfing), learning via vision and touch, the art of fascia tissue bodywork and movement education. 

Sharon has been developing her techniques to improve scar tissue and the effect of scars while working with her clients since the 1970’s but only started teaching it in 2005.  These techniques were brought to the UK in 2014 when Emma Holly became one of only two ScarWork trainers in the UK. At present there are less than 200 certified ScarWork Therapists in the UK.

What is ScarWork?

ScarWork techniques are VERY different to that of Sports Massage.  It is delivered without the use of tools, oils or creams. The touch is much lighter, featherlike, more gentile.  This pain-free treatment encourages the scar tissue to integrate with healthy surrounding tissue; it encourages fluid exchange and hydration to the scar site; it aids in dispensing lumps and filling in dips; it breaks down adhesions and encourages movement in areas effected by stress via the fascial network brought on by tight scars.

Patients have reported changes in the condition of the scar (it may feel softer); they have less localised pain; improvements on restrictions and mobility can continue and often they notice improvements in the general appearance of the scar too.  These improvements are permanent with no regression.

Benefits of ScarWork

  • Release tightening of the scar and local area
  • Improves mobility and function that has previously been restricted by scaring, which may improve sporting ability
  • Reduces sensitivity and pain caused by trapped nerves or irritated scar tissue
  • Restore sensation to previously numb scars
  • Educates in wider impact of the scars in relation to mobility and movement and compensation patterns
  • Supports the emotional wellbeing of patients through therapeutic touch
  • Improve appearance of the scar may also occur

Which scars can be treated?

ScarWork is suitable for most types of scars (surgical and non-surgical alike) and the treatment can commence as soon as the wound is healed (the time frame is dependent on the size of the scar and how it occurred) but it also has amazing effects on scars that may be decades old, so it’s never too late!

Due to the gentle nature of ScarWork it is suitable for children as well as adults.  Whether the scar is a result of an accident, surgery (including cosmetic surgery) or a burn ScarWork can help.

Keloid scars; stretch marks and acne scars cannot be currently worked on using ScarWork.  If you are concerned about the suitability or safety of receiving massage on your scars, please check with your doctor or consultant.

Examples of scars that can benefit from ScarWork include;

  • Abdominal Surgeries; abdominoplasty; gall bladder removals; c-sections; hysterectomy; appendectomy; bowel surgery; keyhole surgery for Endometriosis etc
  • Breast augmentation
  • Cancer Surgery; including Mastectomy and Lumpectomy; drainage sites and Diep Flaps
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Open heart surgeries
  • Spinal Surgeries
  • Foot or ankle surgeries
  • Hand, wrist or arm surgeries
  • Lipoma removal
  • Injuries sustained from a road traffic accident

Pricing

The duration and number of treatments required varies depending on the scar/scars; its size, age, if any pins or plates are present etc. It has been found that most improvements occur when treatment is given as part of a series and incorporates a whole-body approach.

Pricing reflect this and is offered as a block of sessions.  The first treatment is always an hour, this allows for a full history and assessment to take place.  These are priced at £45.

Depending on the scar itself blocks of 30mins or 60 mins sessions may be best. These are paid in full at the start of the series. At the end of the series we will discuss the changes and a review of the treatment plan will determine any further treatments.

It can take up to 2 years for a scar to mature fully so a different approach is taken for scars less than or greater than 2 years old.  If you are still under consultant care a letter of authorisation for massage treatment to commence from your consultant is required.

Where to find me

My clinic is based in west Brentwood, Essex.  It is walking distance from the High Street and Brentwood Rail Station; and a short drive from J28 of the M25, free parking is available on the drive.

Get in Touch

Contact me today and book an appointment