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Scars: What Lies Below, and How To Treat

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Scars can tell a lot about your body.

They showcase your body’s trials and tribulations, what you’ve been through, and pains you have endured. Scars alone are a powerful statement, but sometimes they can lead to even more than what’s left on the surface.

Specifically, I’m talking about scars from c-sections, episiotomies, and perineal tears. Although some may think scars don’t always look the best, they may also leave you not feeling the best. Scars affect fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue of the body. It connects, supports, and protects the bones, tendons, and muscles in the body. So, if fascia is disrupted, for example by scarring, then it can cause tension and pain to the body. If you’re experiencing some pain in the area of your scarring beyond the initial injury – no, you’re not going crazy.

Do not ignore these scars.

They could be causing some internal discomfort, pain, or problems that need to be dealt with or looked at. There is, however, an at-home remedy you can do for scarring specifically caused by c-sections.

First, get a small inflatable ball such as the one shown in the video below.

Then, use the ball to self massage the scarred area for about 5 minutes or as tolerated.

If this area is not too sensitive, you can lie on top of the ball and hold that position for 5 minutes as well.

This will help to gently release the tissue. Although this may not solve your pain, it is a place to start. As with all my online advice, be sure to check with your healthcare professional before starting any treatment or if you have any questions/concerns.

Get checked out.

Birth scars can be a very private and sensitive subject. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a physical therapist to receive guidance. (Find a pelvic therapist through the link here.) Remember, scars can leave more than just a permanent mark on the outside; they can lead to some trouble on the inside as well.

 

Watch the video below to learn more.

 

AUTHOR
Justine Calderwood

The Healing Spot Physical Therapy

"We help women overcome pelvic floor issues, heal from chronic pain, and have healthy pregnancies with a complete Postpartum recovery so they can get back to the active lifestyle they enjoy."
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