ScarWork Therapy is a gentle treatment that helps to improve the visual and physical aspects of a scar. ScarWork is a specific set of techniques that were developed by Sharon Wheeler with the aim of integrating the scar tissue into the fascia (connective tissue that envelopes the entire body internally), which reduces the restriction and tightness in the tissue, and helps to improve the visual appearance of the scar. I was taught by Emma Holly, a leading ScarWork Teacher and Therapist in the UK.
Scar tissue does not just cause problems in the local area of the body that it is in. It can also cause pain, discomfort and restrictions elsewhere. For example a C Section scar can cause back pain and leave individuals unable to stand up without feeling pulling and tightness in their abdomen.
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FAQs about ScarWork
What scars can be helped through ScarWork?
Most scars can be helped with ScarWork Therapy, including surgical scars, trauma or injury related scars, burn scars and many others. The deeper the scar is, the more layers of tissue are affected, and therefore the more likely the scar is to cause restrictions and other such problems.
What is the earliest my scar can be worked on?
For a surgical scar, the minimum time frame before treatment can begin is 6-8 weeks, however often the timeframe ends up being 12-16 weeks depending on how long healing takes place. Complications like infections prolong the healing time as well, so treatments may have to be delayed further.
As a general rule of thumb for all scars, the wound needs to be completely healed before treatment can begin, however a full consultation will be carried out prior to any treatment taking place.
Will it help an old/mature scar?
It does not matter how old the scar is, ScarWork Therapy can help scars of all ages. Even scars that are many decades old can be improved through ScarWork.
How often will I need treatments?
This depends on the nature and age of the scar. Generally, younger scars will require shorter treatments more frequently. For example a 15-30 minute session every week or fortnight. Older scars will require longer treatments spread out over a larger time frame. For example an hour session once every 4-6 weeks.
How many treatments will I need?
Again this depends on the scar, and also on your lifestyle/budget. It also depends on how much improvement you are looking for. The effects of ScarWork can be felt from the very first treatment. Potentially you could have treatments for many months or even years, it really depends on what you are hoping to achieve from the treatment.