Although a surgical scar may appear to be a simple line or point, it actually reaches deep into the body through many layers of tissue. When it becomes restricted it can bind these tissues together and send fingers of scar tissue into surrounding areas. Scars can grow larger than expected ("hypertrophic"), adhere to underlying tissues causing dimpling, be dark in color, be hypersensitive to touch, or even numb. Scars can also cause pain in other areas of the body due to their fascial connections.
Fortunately scar tissue can be treated very effectively using Barnes myofascial release, a manual technique that gently loosens scar tissue and relieves pain. Surgery and medication are no longer the only options for patients experiencing pain and dysfunction related to scar tissue.
Physical therapy can mobilize scar tissue, release connective tissue restrictions, improve muscle tone, improve postural alignment, and decrease pain.
Dr. Leslie Wakefield PT also treats TMJ, headache, lower back pain, neck pain, postural dysfunctions, alignment, women's health concerns, pelvic floor, scar tissue, chronic pain, orthopedics; she utilizes both exercise and manual treatments including myofascial release, visceral manipulation, trigger point release, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and others.