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Austin Therapeutic ​Bodywork

Nan Hofer, LMT, CKTP

Scar Release Therapy (SRT)

Scars are the mark of injury to the skin. They can be external or internal, depending on the cause of the wound. Most wounds (except for minor ones) will leave a scar, appearing after the wound is completely healed. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue, and it is generally less flexible than the surrounding skin.

Type of Scars

There are different types of scars. The type of scar that forms depends on the age of the person, skin type, skin condition, heredity and the severity of the wound. Some of the most common types are:

  • Hypertrophic scars (raised and often red)
  • Keloidal scars (much like hypertrophic, but spread far beyond the boundaries of the original injury)
  • Atrophic scars (these leave depressions in the skin)
  • Contracture scars (flat, tight scars that constrict movement, often caused by burns)
  • Acne scars (pitting caused by the stretching of pores).

How MPS Scar Release Therapy works

Scar Release Therapy (SRT) uses the latest advances in science, Microcurrent Point Stimulation, to address both chronic pain and dermal scarring after trauma or surgery. SRT applies Microcurrent Point stimulation, a patented solution that is based on the scientific concept of increasing the skin’s inter-cellular metabolism, protein synthesis and healing functioning to re-awaken the skin’s ability to self generate. By targeting direct cellular stimulation of microcurrent waves through the scars, this simple procedure works by reducing dermal trauma, adhesions and fascia restrictions – proven to deliver 73.2% pain relief after a single application. (IJCAM, 2017)

Often, scars result in a tightening of the surrounding tissue that can restrict movement or function in the body. These restrictions not only affect the joint, limb or surrounding area, but they can affect the underlying organs, too. This is because scar tissue has the potential to spread in any direction, including internally, throughout the body. Fortunately, releasing the scar can yield powerful results, which can improve mobility, diminish complications and decrease pain often associated with deep scars.  Treatment with MPS re-polarizes the tissue allowing for a release of adhesions and healing. The term ‘release’ refers to the releasing or relaxing of contracted and tightened tissue. Coupled with manual release work (a specialized type of massage), MPS therapy significantly reduces the restrictions of scar tissue.

In general, this treatment is painless. The use of the microcurrent probes, on the tissue surrounding the scar, creates a healing, inflammatory response. Dead cells and scar tissue are broken down by the body; circulation is increased to the area; and the lymphatic system excretes the dead cells. You will see visible changes in the appearance of the scar and gradually will notice a reduction in the tightness and restriction felt at the site of the scar. The duration of treatment will depend on how long you’ve had the scar, how deep it is, and the severity of any pain you may be having.

There is no expiration date on scar release. Nan has helped a Vietnam veteran retain the use of his leg, some forty years after his multiple gunshot injury. Equally, burns and scarring from childhood have been successfully released, with accompanying beneficial results, several decades after the time of the injury.

Since the body's fascial system is interconnected, a restriction or adhesion in one area will often affect other areas and result in compensation patterns and pain. When a scar has been released there is no longer a restriction in the flow of energy, blood circulation and lymph drainage. The body can then complete the healing process.

Massage Cupping Therapy and Scar Release  

The use of cupping allows for the lifting and separation of the fascia and scar tissue. Combined with MPS therapy, cupping significantly enhances the results of MPS treatment alone.

C-Section and Abdominal Scars

Most people don’t realize it, but with C-section scars (and any abdominal scarring) there is the scarring you see on the outside, at the incision site, and the scarring you can’t see on the inside – called adhesions. While both can cause issues, adhesions are the primary culprits for much of the chronic pain and dysfunction faced by women who’ve undergone a C-section.

Surgery is the leading cause of adhesions in the body, and C-sections are the number one surgery performed in the United States, with over 1.3 million performed annually in the USA alone. Adhesions develop naturally when there is internal trauma to our bodies, such as a surgical operation. While they are naturally occurring, they can have adverse affects on our bodies by connecting tissue that shouldn’t be connected, like organ. In fact, women who have had a C-section sometimes develop Small Bowel Obstruction, a condition where the intestinal tract is kinked and twisted by adhesions. These scars also connect to our fascia, the web-like structure that connects all organs and tissues in our bodies. When they connect to our fascia, they can distort it, pulling muscles and pinching nerves. This limits our ability to move freely, and heightens the sensitivity of the autonomic nervous system, which controls our pain.

Abdominal adhesions are fast becoming an epidemic in the United States. Digestive Surgery reported that 90% of patients with abdominal surgeries will develop adhesions. Every year, in the United States alone, millions of abdominal surgeries are performed, such as C-sections, appendectomies, hysterectomies, and tummy tucks, and the biggest problem is that not many women are aware of the risks that adhesions pose.  It is not uncommon for lower pack pain to be caused by adhesions from abdominal surgery.

Visit the links below for more information and research on MPS:

MPS/Dolphin Neurostim Articles

MPS Therapy Research and Publications