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Scar Release

A gentle therapy to create a lasting change in scar softness and flexibility.


30 min - $45

*may be done as part of other sessions with trained practitioners*
Currently, Kari is our only practitioner with this training.

The way we do scar work here is called McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release (MSTR), which is a gentle yet effective therapy for bringing blood-flow, elasticity, lymphatic movement, and even normalized sensation back to an area with scar tissue.

Scar tissue tends to form in a much larger area than is usually visible on the surface. As a necessary part of the healing process, the fibrous tissue stabilizes an area so it can knit back together well. However, this can become dysfunctional when the fibrous tissue, now webbed far beyond the borders of the initial injury, has difficulty stretching with the normal tissue next to it. This can lead to painful pulling, limited mobility, and constant pain and irritation. Scars on the stomach have even been known to cause terrible back pain because of the way the scar pulls internally. 

MSTR is a therapy that gently softens scar tissue, so that the area can become more elastic and normalized. Generally, just a few sessions will yield noticeable (and lasting) results. Some clients find that feeling returns to an area that has been numb for years, others are able to move more freely, others find their scar softer and less prone to inflammation.

Will this make a scar less visible?

This therapy isn't focused on minimizing the appearance of a scar, though that may happen in the course of treatment. We recommend trying this treatment for functional reasons, as there are other therapies that are geared more specifically at treating the appearance of scar tissue.


What type of scars will this work for?

This therapy has been proven effective in scars that are large, small, old, new, external, internal, surgical, or accident-related. This treatment is not appropriate for areas where surgical mesh has been installed. 

If you aren't sure, just one session will give you a good idea about whether scar release will help you. 

For a session with only scar work as the focus, 30 minutes is recommended. If you would like a session of massage or lymph drainage and some scar work, just make sure your massage therapist offers the modalities you are looking for and mention what you are looking for when you fill out your intake form.

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