What is Scar Tissue? 

Scar Tissue is formed as a result of any injury to the body's tissues, through trauma, surgery and illness. It can be found both externally, on the skin, or internally, within or around organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. The body repairs wounds as quickly, and as best it can, but this occurs in a disorganised way. This can result in a scar which causes further problems once the initial injury or wound has healed.

Scarring can result in symptoms such as: 

  • Numbness/Reduced sensation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Itching/Burning
  • Pain - around the scar and referred to other areas
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Movement restrictions
  • Emotions and behaviours including stress, avoidance, anger, guilt

There are many instances where clients seek treatment (such as Bowen Therapy) for a seemingly unrelated issue, and its root cause is then traced back to the scar, which is impacting movement or function. It is important to remember that the location of pain is often not the location of the underlying issue!

What is McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release®?

McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release® (MSTR®) is a gentle, quick and effective technique which can:

  • Improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage
  • Improve the appearance of scars 
  • Normalise sensation
  • Improve personal feelings related to the scar or events surrounding injury
  • Improve energy flow through the body by unblocking meridians

Who could benefit from this technique?

Anyone with a surgical or traumatic injury scar, regardless of size, or age of scar, or anyone with underlying scar tissue (not visible on the skin's surface), including:

  • Caesarean Sections
  • Hysterectomy
  • Joint replacement
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Mastectomy
  • Organ replacement
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Amputation
  • Sprains, ligament injuries and muscle tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis

What to expect from Scar Tissue Release:

A thorough history will be taken, including the history of the scar (planned/emergency surgery, accident, sports injury etc), and also your own feelings about the scar (such as its appearance, the event that caused the scar etc), and any issues such as pain, numbness, or restriction, that you feel are as a result of the scar. 

This technique can be applied as a stand-alone technique, or can be, and often is, incorporated into a Bowen Therapy treatment. The first treatment of a scar will always be conducted without any other therapy to gain a clear picture of the changes observed. 

Scar work may only take 1-2 sessions, depending on the size of the scar, and the response that is gained. Once changes occur in the scar tissue, it will NOT revert back, meaning benefits are quick, and most importantly, lasting.  


Service Practitioners

Victoria Crowe

Victoria Crowe

BSc (Hons), Cert. CBS, MCSP

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