Post surgical scar management can be an essential part of making a full recovery. Scars that become large keloid formations may be very tender to the touch, burn in the sun, and contribute to movement dysfunction. The location and appearance of a scar may also contain deep emotional trauma that must be addressed. Some people may avoid the area of the scar as a means to protect themselves from remembering what has happened. In these cases scar work can help to reintegrate the body, mind, and spirit in a holistic fashion. This can promote more positive feelings and acceptance of the scar as part of the healing process.
Gentle massage, skin rolling, cupping, and transverse or cross fiber friction can help to relieve adhesions and promote scar remodeling. This prevents or relieves contractions and dysfunction. Additionally, scar massage can help to restore lymphatic function through release of bound tissue. Scar adhesions act as a dam, preventing proper lymphatic flow. When the obstructing scar tissue is loosened and mobile, lymphatic vessels can reroute or regenerate and increase drainage. This can be especially important in cases where seroma or lymphedema is present. In addition to massage, splinting, pressure dressing, silicone dressings, and range of motion exercises are benefical during the healing phase to prevent scar contractures and optimal functioning.
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