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Self Massage and Post Surgical Scarring

Posted by Rob Benhuri

Mar 23, 2015 3:35:00 PM

scarwithstitchesWhether you are recovering from an injury or surgery, a quick recovery is always our goal. You can do self massage that reduces muscle soreness and stiffness. This will accelerate the healing of your damaged tissues and help with relaxation in order to restore your physical and emotional balance. Self massage improves circulation and reduces muscle spasms before surgery and improves the recovery of the tissues.

Self massage also aids in blood circulation, the removal of wastes and toxic substances from the tissues, which is important to reduce the chances of post surgical scarring. Massage is so powerful that it also decreases muscle tension and increases overall function. There is no reason to go to a professional, either. Self massage is easily done right in the comfort of your own home.

The best way to self massage is by using a mixture of fragrant, stimulating oils. Here are a few ideas.

  • For tight muscles, use a few drops of lavender, rosemary or juniper oils around the post surgery site, making sure not to actually put any on the wound itself. You can do this a few times a day.
  • Stress relief is also an issue when dealing with any sort of surgery or injury. By using geranium and marjoram oil, they cause a relaxing effect on the body. 

Self massage helps with developing healthy, functional scar tissue, which is always a problem after surgery.

Deep massage is the most common technique used for this purpose and may help reduce the risk of re-injury or chronic pain at the site of the scar.

Have questions on how to do massage at home?

Ask a Massage Therapist!


Topics: Post-Surgical Scars

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