Copyright 2017 Emma Holly Restore Therapy Scar Massage Treatment

Harpenden, St Albans, Wheathampstead, Berkhampstead, Welwyn Garden City, Redborn, Hemel Hempstead, Bushey, Watford, Hitchin

A new form of scar therapy. Treatment is given without oils or creams, to help post operative or burn scars. You may not have heard of this scar massage as there are only around 100 qualified therapists in Britain. ScarWork was developed by American therapist Sharon Wheeler.

ScarWork is used to improve feeling and functionality in the scar and surrounding tissues, creating better movement between the layers of the skin, fascia (connective tissue) and muscle.

Visually, cosmetic changes can occur: scars often appear smaller, flatter, lighter and less prominent but the emphasis is on the underlying tissue changes. Dense scar tissue can reduce, nerve impairment such as numbness, pain, itching, irritation or extreme sensitivity may improve.

Changes that occur to the scar and nerve function are usually permanent. Tightness in surrounding tissues can reduce, helping restore normal muscle function. Knots and tight ropey scars are often softened and loosened, ridges and holes may be minimised. Multiple treatments may be needed to gain the most benefit and response to treatment will vary for each individual.  As skin is healing after an operation or accident, different layers under the skin get adhered - stuck together - as the body rushes to close and heal the wound. ScarWork stimulates the area, these movements seem to encourage further natural healing to take place and help to release these stuck layers to allow better function and movement in the scar and surrounding tissues.

It’s never too late...scars can be very, very old and still improve with ScarWork treatment, or they can be new.

Many different kinds of scars can benefit from this specialised scar massage. It is important that before treatment scars are healed, dry and infection free. Scars could be the result of an accident, operation, including cosmetic surgery, or a burn some examples of scars I have treated:

Abdominal surgery


Appendix removal

Breast augmentation


Cancer surgery

Knee surgery

Mastectomy and Lumpectomy

Open heart surgery

Tube/drain sites

Road traffic accident

Spinal surgery

Childhood injury

Facial scars

Foot surgery

Gallbladder removal

Hip replacement


What is ScarWork?

How Can ScarWork Therapy Help?

Is It Too Late For My Scar?

Which Scars Can Be Treated With ScarWork?

ScarWork is not a replacement for conventional treatment. Keloid scars and acne scars can not be treated with ScarWork. If you are in doubt, ask your doctor or consultant if you can safely have massage on your scar.

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Treatments are gentle, making them ideal for children or anyone with extremely sensitive scars, working at your level of comfort, over sensitivity can be improved as the nerves in the scar area relax and desensitise. I have worked with clients who hate to have their scars touched. Starting away from the scar area and gradually progressing onto the scar only as comfort levels allow, within just a few treatments big changes to sensitivity are possible.

My Scar Is Sensitive: Does It Hurt?

How Does It Work?

There are over 30 techniques developed by Sharon Wheeler used in ScarWork, depending on the presentation of the scar. Although we believe ScarWork works on connective tissue or fascia, it is a different approach from ‘myofascial scar release’ or ‘fascial release for scars’. Movements are relaxed and the therapists hands sweep on and around the scar, gently moving deeper into the underlying tissues and pumping fluid with press and release motions. Clients are usually comfortable and relaxed and have been know to fall asleep.

Very little research has been made into manual therapies for scars, but it is not a new concept, even in the 1550’s a French surgeon called Paré noted the use of massage to reduce joint stiffness and improve healing following surgery.

Our nerves, blood vascular and lymphatic vessels are wrapped in layers of connective tissue or fascia. Recent studies indicate that changes in connective tissue tension could effect the functioning of the enveloped structures within it. ScarWork therapy may be effective by releasing tension in the connective tissue and therefore improving neural function and fluid flow as the localised restrictions caused by the scar tissue are reduced.

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