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Health Update

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Courtesy of Russell Van Hemert DC

Scar Tissue Massage and Management

By Brett Sears, PT | Reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD

Updated November 14, 2017

Scar Management Techniques

If you have developed scar tissue after injury or surgery, your physical therapist may perform scar massage on the injured tissue in order to help with the remodeling process.

He or she may also instruct you or a family member in the proper scar massage technique.

Be sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist to ensure that proper healing has taken place and that scar tissue massage is appropriate. Massaging a scar that is not fully healed can cause damage to the developing scar tissue which can delay healing.

In general, the scar must be fully closed and no scabbing present to begin scar massage. Again, your doctor and physical therapist should assess your scar before beginning scar massage.


Another common method to help remodel scar tissue is stretching and flexibility exercises. This can help elongate the injured tissues and improve their overall mobility. If you have had an injury or surgery, your physical therapist is likely to incorporate both scar massage and stretching into your rehabilitation program.

Stretching scar tissue may be an important component of your rehab program. Most PTs agree that long duration, low load stretching is necessary to help fully remodel scar tissue.

Scar tissue grows in the body as a normal response to injury. This injury may be caused by repetitive strain, fracture, or surgery. Management of scar tissue through scar massage, stretching, and exercise is essential to ensure proper remodeling of the scar takes place and normal mobility and function are restored.

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