Scar Tissue Massage

What Is Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue grows in the body as a normal response to injury. This injury are caused by repetitive strain, fracture, or surgery. Management of your scar through scar tissue massage, stretching, and exercise is essential to ensure proper healing of the scar to takes place and normal mobility and function to be restored.

Scar tissues are form as list below:

  • hamstring tear
  • rotator cuff tear
  • scar tissue will develop in the muscle as it heals.
  • Bony scar tissue, called a callus, will form on the bone after a fracture.
  • Excessive levels of tension can result in excessive levels of tissue production resulting in stiff, thick, and dysfunctional scars.
  • Scar formation is influenced by the degree and direction of tension within and around the site of injury.
  • Scar tissue has a different composition to the tissue that it has been replaced, as scar tissue is still a growing, living tissue within the body which has a purpose.
  • Scar tissue has the potential to spread in any direction including internally throughout the body. It can also restrict movement or function anywhere in the body from a joint to an organ.
  • Scar tissue is formed by collagen. After an injury, your body lays down collagen that will become normal healthy tissue. The collagen cells are placed near the injured tissue in a random fashion, and this leads to scar tissue
  • While not every scar presents a problem, many do. But if your body does not breakdown scar tissue completely, it will often spread and cause the body to compensate.
  • Scar tissue can pull and cause restriction in one area which can affect everything else. And if the body range of motion are restricted, the muscles will be forced to work harder. If your nerves are trapped, your circulation can be restricted and so on.

Benefits of Scar-Tissue Massage

The reasons why you should have Scar Tissue Massage:

  • Lessens the appearance of scars
  • Helps to prevent and reduce adhesions forming after injury or surgery
  • Restore nerve function including numbness, pain and sensitivity
  • Reduce pain and restriction (including cording and dragging)
  • Helps to relieve stress on the body from fascial tension
  • Improves flexibility
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Promotes balance in the body
  • Helps maintain good posture
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Reduces the risk of muscle tears and strains
  • Improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients through the body
  • Helps regain and maintain a full range of joint movement
  • Stimulates lymph circulation
  • Reduces the possibility of long-term problems due to fascial adhesions

Cross Friction Massage

One effective method of scar tissue massage is called cross friction or transverse friction massage. This involves using one or two fingers to massage your scar in a direction that is perpendicular to the line of the scar.

This technique helps to release the scar  tissue and ensures that the collagen fibres of the scar are aligned properly. Cross friction massage is commonly used in the treatment of tendonitis and muscle strains or ligament sprains.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (MFR) are used to manage scar tissue and the adhesions that accompany scar tissue. The technique involves using the hands to massage the skin and underlying tissues around the scar. Motions are slow and the amount of force used is usually light. A remedial massage therapist can feel for restrictions of tissue, called fascia, in various directions and work to improve movement in those restricted directions.


Another common method to help release scar tissue is stretching and flexibility exercises. This will help to elongate the injured tissues and improve their overall mobility. If you have had an injury or surgery, your remedial massage therapist is likely to incorporate both scar massage and stretching into your rehabilitation program.

Be sure to check with your doctor to ensure that proper healing has taken place and that scar tissue massage is appropriate. Massaging a scar that is not fully healed can cause damage to the developing scar tissue which can delay healing. Massaging an unhealed scar will open it and lead to bacteria and infection in your body


During your visit your condition will be assessed and steps taken to assist with your rehabilitation. After the session FREE muscle stretching sheets can be provided to assist with healing your injury. It is recommended that you continue these exercises at home to speed up the healing process. To book in for a session, please call Jade Tran on 0425 444 304. I hope you found the article helpful in further understanding your symptoms. Any opinions expressed within my articles/blog are from my personal perspective, not that of my Professional Associations / Educational Institutions
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