Caesarean Scar Therapy

Sometimes, the decision to give birth via Caesarean surgery may depend on a variety of factors and in some cases, may be the safest option for delivery for mother or baby. Whether planned or not, there are a number of risks associated with caesarean surgery, and one of those is pain and dysfunction caused by scar tissue.

 

To gain a better understanding of the recovery process after a caesarean birth, let's first take a look at the structures involved. During Caesarean surgery, incisions are made to several layers including the skin, subcutaneous fat, fascia, peritoneum, and uterus. The abdominal muscles are also separated by hand during this process. Once the baby is born, each layer is repaired carefully, until the final layer (the skin) is closed. Now it is time for the healing process to begin.

The formation of scar tissue is part of the natural healing process. The skin repairs itself by growing new tissue to pull together a wound and fill in any gaps. Scar tissue however, which is mainly comprised of collagen fibres, can orient itself in many different directions and therefore instead of replacing damaged tissue in the direction it is supposed to, it can form a build up of collagen cells in the area of the body that has been injured.

 

Due to the nature of Caesarean surgery and the number of structures involved, it is possible to experience long-term, negative impacts within the body such as:

reduced skin mobility

numbness in the skin around the scar 

a feeling of tugging or pulling around the scar

pain or increased sensitivity in the skin around the scar

increased urinary frequency or urgency

chronic lower back and pelvic pain

secondary infertility issues

Caesarean scar therapy can facilitate healing, and improve mobility and function not just around your incision site, but also other areas of your body that have been affected by your scar.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to start treatment?

 

You may begin treatment as soon as your incision has healed completely, which can be as early as 6 to 8 weeks post-surgery.

 

Although it is best to start working on your scar within 5 months after Caesarean surgery, many women have experienced significant relief from lower back and pelvic pain after receiving C-section scar therapy as many as 20 years after giving birth!

How does C-section Scar Therapy Feel?

 

C-section scar therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy in which light touch is applied to the abdomen, on and around your scar.

 

You may experience a "pulling" or "warm" sensation during treatment, however it should not be painful.

Your therapist will always work to your level of comfort.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

 

The number of treatment sessions recommended varies from person to person and depends on the nature of your scar, how old your scar is, and how your body responds to therapy.

 

Generally, you will notice significant improvements in your healing within 4-10 treatment sessions.