Saturday, June 5, 2010

DIY Scar Massage- Part 1

In this first installment of DIY Scar Massage, I'll be focusing on how to perform lubricated massage on your c-section scar.

You can start after your incision has completely healed, about 4 to 6 weeks postpartum.
With massage oil on your fingers/scar, press down on one end and gently stroke the length of your scar. Aim for a slight stretch, no pain. Then stabilize the other side, and stroke in the opposite direction. Due to recent news regarding harmful chemicals in personal care products containing scents, use a scent free oil. 

You can also massage across the length of your scar, gently rolling up and down. After your scar has become more elastic, you can lift the scar off you skin a bit, and roll the scar around you fingertips. Scar mobilization techniques help eliminate adhesions, which eases discomfort, and helps to speed healing. Because the skin has been cut, it's normal to feel tenderness around the incision site. 

Instructions via Berkeley Parents Network

Please note that I am not a medical professional and am not licensed in massage therapy. I'm simply gathering information from all over the interwebs that I find personally beneficial. Please consult your care provider!

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