Although a C-section or other abdominal surgical scar may appear to be a simple line along the belly, it actually reaches deep into the pelvis through many layers of tissue. When it becomes restricted it can bind these tissues together and send fingers of scar tissue into surrounding areas. This can cause abdominal and pelvic pain, restricted mobility of the tissues, and cosmetic concerns. Physical therapy can mobilize scar tissue, release connective tissue restrictions, improve muscle tone, improve postural alignment, and decrease pain in the lower back, hips and pelvis.
After episiotomy or tearing to the perineum during child birth or other trauma, scar tissue and soft tissue restrictions can develop which restrict the vaginal opening or cause pressure on pain-sensitive nerves. Using manual physical therapy to release restrictions and mobilize scar tissue, pain and tightness associated with episiotomy scarring can be eliminated.
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.