Scar Rehab and Post Surgical Rehab

Scar Rehab is not just about cosmetic considerations. Scars interfere with motor control, limit mobility, inhibit core stability, and contribute to chronic pain and intermittent pain.

Motor control requires the dynamic integration of multimodal sensory information to produce both reflexive and conscious movement. The priority is to release scar tissue to create the optimal reflexive stability to build a mindful movement. You can learn more about how and why scars interfere with motor control through my blog.

NeuroKinetic Therapy and Scar Rehab

post surgical scar rehab

The specific ways that a scar is interfering with motor control can be established with Neurokinetic Therapy. This testing means that we have precise information about what direction, pressure, depth (and sometimes even what vibration pattern) is required to release the scar to affect motor control positively. NeuroKinetic Therapy offers pioneering scar rehab. This rehab style has less focus on cosmetic and superficial factors and more on functional changes in movement and thus, pain relief.

Post Surgical Scar Rehab

Surgical scars usually require particular forms of treatment for full motor control to return to the area. Surgical scars from surgeries that intended to treat shoulder pain, back pain, or neck pain can actually exacerbate these issues. Laparoscopic and arthroscopic scars look small on the outside but can create a labyrinth of tissue adhesion inside the body. Burn scars can have diffuse and dramatic consequences, including burn scars from radiation therapy. Facial Scarring, such as that from a broken nose, can create global inhibition of core stability, even if the nose had been reset. Scars can sometimes cause issues with organ movement or impinge on nerves or blood flow.

C-section Rehab and Post-Partum Rehab

Abdominal scars, including C-section scars, interfere with core stability because of the tissues cut through. No matter how old abdominal scars are, they need analysis in regards to creating core stability. Most c-sections are with a transverse cut that cuts through the abdominal aponeurosis. The ability to develop proper intra-abdominal pressure is effected and can sometimes leave people feeling:

  • cut off from their lower limbs
  • a lack of core stability
  • hip pain or hip movement issues
  • with numbness or pain around the area
  • with bulging above or around the scar

Longitudinal abdominal scars may have some of the same symptoms. They can also often affect rotational patterns and the coordination of the right and left parts of the body.

Scar Rehabilitation improves posture and reduces pain

The scar release will have immediate results. These include

  • reduction or elimination of pain
  • changes in stability
  • increases in specific ranges of movement
  • improvements in global movement patterns.

During the session, clients will often feel and see these changes. If you’d like to see some before and after photos, you can visit my blog here. Usually, long-standing scars will have created movement habits that need retraining. To stabilize positive changes, I give clients exercises. I’ll offer an analogy:

The bridge I usually cross to get to home closed for a full year for reconstruction. Traffic rerouted, and the new route became familiar. Once the bridge reopened, I found that I still took the detour without really noticing that I was doing it. It took a conscious effort to rebuild a habit of crossing the bridge, a more efficient route. Your motor system works like this too. Patterns developed from necessity stick around long after required and only change with a conscious effort.

How long does Scar Rehab take?

Some scars take only minutes to release, others take hours of careful work. The length of time depends on many factors. Two of the most important are A) the level and extensiveness of fascial adhesions which are creating mechanical restrictions, and B) the sensitivity of the client’s nervous system.  In addition, clients still need to train new movement patterns after scar release is complete. Sometimes clients will need to perform corrective exercises only for few days. Other times they might need a month. Corrective strategies require precision and coaching. Without this precision, clients fall into their old movement habits while trying to do their daily corrective exercises. For this reason, I often have my clients video their corrective strategy. Then they can refer to it when performing their correctives at home.  Completing homework is an essential part of the rehab and the time it takes to complete it should be considered as part of the length of the rehab process. 

In addition to this, scar release sometimes has unexpected effects on motor control, which often don’t appear fully for 2-3 days. For this reason, I rarely work on abdominal scars without at least one follow-up session booked. For people with multiple or deep abdominal scars, or with significant challenges to their motor control, I usually suggest weekly sessions for at least six weeks.

Scar Rehab in Kitchener for Scars from accidents, Surgical Scars, Burn Scars and Facial Scars

If you have scars on your body, they might be interfering with your motor control, which can cause a lack of mobility, core stability issues, and chronic pain issues such as lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, etc. Contact me by email for scar rehab treatment in the Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo areas at or book an Initial Assessment.