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Optimal Recovery after Caesarean

November 12, 2018

 

C-SECTION AND ABDOMINAL SCAR MASSAGE

Recovery and healing from a caesarean birth is a self care package of rest, nutrition, core rehabilitation, movement and most importantly massage. Not many people are aware of this as once leaving hospital aftercare advice is minimal.

As wounds heal scar tissue is formed, a scar can become tight and restricted internally within the body. We call these adhesions and these not always localised to the scar area. They can expand and attach to organs and muscles in all different directions. Colon, ovaries, bladder and uterus are some of the organs that can be affected. Unfortunately this type of surgery can also cause trauma to the muscles, fascia, blood vessels and nerves. Symptoms you may experience after having abdominal surgery or c-sections are:

  • Scar pain

  • Poor sensation

  • Sense of restriction in daily movement or exercise

  • Frequent urination

  • Pelvic organ dysfunction

  • Pulling, trapped or twinge sensations

  • Muscle tightness in areas of the body

  • Discomfort in back/pelvis

  • Appearance of overhang or thickened skin

  • Poor posture

The benefit of scar massage is that it encourages blood flow, oxygen, nutrients and hydration to the area. Massage also creates a lymphatic drainage away from wound site. It is highly beneficial to mobilise scar once completely healed and free from infection. I would recommend treatment no earlier 10 weeks post birth but is still highly beneficial years after surgery.

Initial appointment lasts 90 minutes - £55

Follow up appointments 60mins - £40

Several sessions recommended, enabling us to work into the deeper layers

A bespoke package will be created for your individual needs at the initial appointment. This will consist of

  • All over body massage and soft tissue release work

  • Manual Scar massage and mobilization work

  • Breathing assessment and diaphragm function

  • Diastasis and posture check

  • Exercise and nutrition advise for optimal recovery

  • Learn how to massage yourself to promote healing and improve appearance of the scar ar

 

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