Scar Rehabilitation

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

The specific ways that particular scar is interfering with motor control can be established with Neurokinetic therapy. This testing means that we have very specific information about what direction, pressure, depth (and sometimes even what vibration pattern) is required to release the scar in order to positively effect motor control.

The scar release will have immediate results — changes in stability, specific ranges of movement, and global movement patterns will be felt during the session. If you’d like to see some before and after photos you can visit my blog here. But despite these immediate results long standing scars have created movement habits that then have to be retrained. I’ll offer an analogy:

A few years ago the bridge I usually cross to get home was closed for a full year for reconstruction. Traffic was rerouted; and I got used to taking the new route. Once the bridge was reopened I found that, without really noticing that I was doing it, I was still taking the detour. It took conscious effort to rebuild a habit of crossing the bridge, which is a more efficient route. Your motor system works like this too — habits that developed from necessity will stick around long after their are no longer needed, unless a conscious effort it made to change them.

Thus, after a dysfunctional movement pattern has been identified, and scar release is performed, clients will still need to train the new movement pattern. These corrective exercises sometimes only need to be done for a few days, other times they might need a month. Once a corrective strategy is established for a client, precision and coaching are usually required for people not to fall into the old movement habits they already have established while trying to do their daily corrective exercises. For this reason I often have my clients video their corrective strategy so they can refer to it when performing their corrective at home.

In addition to this, scar release sometimes has unexpected effects on motor control which often don’t appear fully for 2-3 days after the release. For this reason, I rarely work on abdominal scars without a follow-up session being booked. For people with multiple abdominal scars I usually suggest weekly sessions for about 6 weeks.