It is never too late to make changes to a scar. If you have a scar that is decades old or a relatively new scar it can be treated, and you will reap the benefits in many ways. Aesthetically a scar can soften, look less angry and become almost invisible. But by working a scar and all the tissue affected, you may see an improvement in the function of your body. This could be with organ function, movement, sensation, breathing and comfort in your body.
Scars are three dimensional in nature. Your scar can be connected to organs, bones and deep layers of connective tissue. If your scar was due to surgery, any part of the body that was touched internally during the surgery can have a tentacle of scar tissue leading back to the scar. An example would be if you had an appendectomy and the surgeon decided to have a look at your gall bladder while in there, there will be a tentacle of scar tissue running from your scar to your gall bladder. This tentacle could possibly create pulling and shifting of an organ, a breathing dysfunction, movement dysfunction or even an issue with sensation. A client experienced her jaw soften and release while I worked on her 20+ year old caesarean section scar recently. Jaw and shoulder tension have been a chronic issue for this client.
Scar work is gentle; yet very profound. It is necessary to give feedback to the practitioner if you are having any discomfort. Memories of the experience that caused your scar could come up (or not) during treatment and this is a normal part of the healing process. Some scars are still too overwhelming for the client to touch or have worked on. We can do shorter sessions and a couple of sessions without even touching the actual scar and still get profound change if this is the case for you. This work is not all about the actual visible scar but about bringing the tissue back to the scar in an organized manner that was moved aside in surgery, injuries and burns. Some typical results clients get from this work is a return or improvement in sensation, improvement in movement, improved blood and lymph flow, improved internal organ function and improved breathing. If your scar is recent, your physician should agree you are ready for treatment. Sessions last about one hour and if you are planning on doing the Structural Integration 10 series you should have at least one scar work session before starting Structural Integration.