C section scar rehab is about more than just the incision scar itself.
During a c-section, the surgeon cuts through the skin and abdominal walls, then makes an incision big enough to remove the baby.
Adhesions usually form after surgery which are composed of strong strands of collagen which bind together to create blankets or ropes in the areas that have been injured by trauma and infection. The body can't automatically correct scar tissue, which is where manual therapy comes in.
It's not uncommon for c-section scar pain to be reproduced from problems in the thighs, ribs and back as restriction can form in thoracic extension of the spine and hip. Once scar tissue adhesions form, they may bind together organs, nerves and muscles often making going to the toilet, not to mention sex, an excruciating and sweat inducing performance.
Soft tissue work on the post c-section client can significantly help to restore function in the body, which in turn aids emotional recovery post traumatic delivery.
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by Danyelle Stubbs (Pre and Post Natal Remedial Massage Therapist)