We are more than massage for the athlete and sports enthusiast! Some athletes tend to neglect their own care, hoping the problem will “work itself out” and sometimes it does. For those times when an ache or pain just won’t go away on its own, you can always turn to Coastal Massage and Wellness to “keep the body in motion!” We provide customized Therapeutic Massage – Cupping – Graston treatments to keep you healthy and pain-free.
A: A scar is a mark left on your skin after an injury or an incision. Scar tissue forms during the healing process as the body produces collagen fibers to close and heal a wound. These collagen fibers do not grow in the same, consistent direction, and therefore are discolored and can have an uneven texture. A scab forms over the wound to protect the area from germs. Once healed, the scab will fall off and your newly formed scar will reveal itself. Is the human body cool or what?!
Q:What Determines the Appearance of My Scar?
A: In an interview with Dr. John Tiberi, orthopedic surgeon, he shared that the appearance of a scar largely has to do with your genetics. According to Dr. Tiberi the most determining factors when it comes to how visible your scar will be genetics, history of scarring, and location on the body. In other words, if you have a history of bad scarring and your immediate relatives do as well, chances are your scar will be more noticeable. In addition, if your incision or wound is on part of the body that is under tension, is tighter, more stretched, and is less fleshy or fatty (like a shoulder, shin, or knee) your scar will be more pronounced than say, if on your buttocks.
Q: How Long Will My Scar Heal For?
A: Scars will continue to heal and fade for up to two years after an incision or injury. The remodeling phase in your incision healing involves the lightening of your scar as the scar heals. A mature scar is smaller, flatter, and paler. During the healing process, there are ways to improve how your scar heals and for larger scars over joints, it's critical that you "work" your scar to prevent tightness.
Scar Tissue Massage: When, How and Why
Before you start massaging your scar or enlisting a professional to perform scar tissue massage, your scar must be in a good place. Do not massage until your incision has fully healed and is a scar (not just a wound or scab). If you massage your scar prematurely you could cause it to reopen or tear, leading to an infection.
Do not massage a scar until at least 2 weeks after a surgery or injury. Massaging scar tissue is most effective in the first 2 years while the scar is still forming and healing.
Why Scar Tissue Massage?
Massaging scar tissue has many benefits. Here are of the main reasons to regularly scar massage (especially in the first two years after surgery/scarring):
Decrease scar tissue build-up. Excess scar tissue can make muscles stiff and weaker, and in some cases can require scar tissue removal surgery.
Helps improve blood flow, which promotes healing and the scar's pliability.
Drains excess fluid to reduce swelling and proliferation.
Helps regain feeling in the area and decrease numbness, tingling, soreness.
Increases range of movement and the scar's flexibility. This makes movements feel less restrictive and "tight".
Cupping is an alternative treatment in which your therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. By creating suction and vacuum pressure, ACE Massage Cupping is used to soften tight muscles, losses adhesions and lift connective tissue. It brings hydration and blood flow to body tissues while moving deep inflammation to the skin surface for release. Lymphatic pathways are opened draining excess fluid and toxins.
The treatment we use is not based in swedish massage, it's based on decades of clinical experience. It consists of AIS, Trigger Point & Fascial Release, combined with neuro-muscular re-education. The success rate for 6 treatments is over 90%. Over 90% of clients are pain free after 4-6 treatments with following the at home protocol. *30 minutes for each foot*
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.