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Healing Scar Tissue with Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Allied Health, Physical TherapyWhen you think of scar tissue, you usually just think of a scar that's visible on the body. But a physical therapist will tell you that the visible scar is just the tip of the iceberg. People who have scar tissue may also feel very restricted in their movements. Maryann Butts, the owner of the Portland Massage Company, says, "You can have a small scar [on your chest] but feel restriction all the way down into your lower back."

Breaking Up Scar Tissue vs. Healing It

Physical therapists have come up with a way to heal scar tissue. It turns out that ordinary treatments of scar tissue only try to break it up whereas physical therapy can actually be used to heal scar tissue.

Event at the Dempsey Center in South Portland

The Dempsey Center in South Portland recently organized an event to do just this. Physical therapists from all over the greater Portland area attended this event. Kathleen Wing, who is the complimentary therapies manager at the Dempsey Center said that the type of therapy they offered would help people with scar tissue in "increasing their range of motion, increasing their flexibility, increasing their comfort and even their self-awareness."

This was the first clinic of this type in the area and Kathleen Wing says that they want to continue doing more work in this vein and possibly have a similar type of event once every year.

Effect of Physical Therapy on Scar Tissue

Meikle Patch was one of the people attending this free clinic. She has scar tissue from an accident which took place over 20 years ago. However, she claims, "At this point, I feel great. I feel very relaxed." So one may not necessarily associate physical therapy with helping to heal scar tissue but it turns out that this is one of the ways in which physical therapy can help people.

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