The body forms scar tissue as a natural response to trauma, when the skin is punctured through surgery or an accident. Often the scar is not just what can be seen on the outside, but also what you can't see, in the surrounding area underneath the skin.
The symptoms of a scar may persist for decades afterwards and most people believe (or are told) that this is something they'll have to live with; that, with luck, the symptoms will decrease in time.
Many people are unaware of the effects scars can have as they can seem totally unrelated. Others don't see the point of addressing this area because - well, what difference can it make?
Is MSTR for me?
Not all scars present with problems of course, but many can have a physical or emotional impact, even decades later.
McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release (MSTR) Therapy may help with the following related problems:
- Making a difference to the appearance, reducing contrast and blending into the surrounding skin
- Stopping or reducing pain, burning, itching or hypersensitivity
- Bringing back feeling where there is currently numbness
- Helping to reconnect, where the client feels 'disconnected' to the affected part of the body
- Helping with motion, flexibility, posture and referred pain
The treatment may also bring on an emotional response related to the cause of the scar.
How does it work?
Scars are formed when the skin is punctured or lacerated, often resulting in a thickened, fibrous mass. As the scar shrinks, unequal tensions are created in the fascia (the sheet of connective tissue which wraps around everything in your body) which can cause pulling or restriction, even in seemingly unrelated parts of the body.
Along with that there may be severing of nerve tissue, restricted circulation and congested lymph flow affecting the more immediate area.
McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Therapy is a hands-on therapy working directly on the scar. The process helps to soften, ease and bring some 'normality' back to the area.
The treatment is painless and quick with, generally, no more than three sessions needed to make a significant difference.
Scars must be completely healed and at least eight weeks old before treatment.
It has recently been found that this therapy can be applied to other conditions with remarkable success. These include:
Certain cases of frozen shoulder
Sports injuries (eg quadriceps and hamstring tears)
Axillary Web Syndrome
Any areas of dense, fibrous tissue