Scar Tissue Release
What is MSTR?
McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release or MSTR is a gentle and profoundly effective, natural way of working on scar tissue. It can help the scar and surrounding areas rapidly return to a more normal state.
MSTR is applied using gentle pressure moves with fingertips. These purposeful and focused moves help to gently free the restrictions in the scar tissue. No force is involved in any way and there is no use of chemicals, oils or lotions.
This scar work is not massage, deep friction work, fascial release or bowen. It is a unique method that focuses solely on scar tissue and works with the collagen fibres in the skin.
Contains images of surgery and injury. Provided by Alastair, the founder of McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique.
Do You Have A Scar?
Examples of scars that have benefited from McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release are:
- Surgical scars including but not limited to:
- Caesarean or C-Section scars
- Spinal surgery scars
- Mastectomy, reduction or enhancement scars
- Hysterectomy scars
- Abdominal and appendix scars
- Underlying scars from keyhole surgery
- Hip, ankle and knee surgery scars
- Carpal tunnel surgery scar
- Heart surgery scars
- Trauma scars such as (but not limited to)
- stab wounds
- bullet wounds
- Other scar type tissue MSTR may help
- Plantar fasciitis scarring
- Dupuytrens contracture
- Tears to muscle, tendon, ligament
Do You Have Symptoms?
Scar tissue can cause many different symptoms including:
- Feeling intense cold
- Reduced range of movement
- Loss of flexibility
- Postural distortion
- Weakened muscles
- Emotional distress
Symptoms may still be present and problematic decades after the initial trauma and can severely impact on daily life but it is never too late to work on scar tissue.
How You Can Benefit
Releasing scar tissue using MSTR can result in:
- Reduction in pain
- A change in colour from white to pink
- Lumps, bumps, ridges and dips becoming smoother
- Increased movement and motion
- Restored sensation and a reduction in numbness and the sensation of hot or cold
- An increased blood flow and therefore oxygen to the area
- Increased lymphatic drainage reducing swelling and redness
- A release of emotion (especially if the scar was acquired in a traumatic or emergency situation)
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What is scar tissue?
The body forms scar tissue as a natural and essential response to heal a wound, whether that be accidental (i.e. injury) or intentional (i.e. surgery). Collagen is laid down which creates a thick fibrous area therefore reducing proper circulation through that area. In addition, the cutting of the surrounding nerve tissue can often lead to ‘odd’ sensations around the scar and other referred areas.
How does scar tissue impact the body?
The effects of a scar on the body should not be underestimated. The implications of scar tissue extend far beyond the area of the scar and original injury.
As it is non-elastic and fibrous, it will create tension and have a pulling effect on the surrounding tissue and joints. This will be experienced as a reduction of movement, restricted motion and often referred pain somewhere else in the body.
The ‘knock on effects’ to other areas in the body depend on the location of the scar and can be far reaching. As an example, abdominal surgery may create a dragging sensation through the body, a feeling that your head is being pulled forwards and lower back pain. This will in turn affect the movement of the upper back, shoulders and neck which may in turn cause headaches.
Treatment of scar tissue is vital in order to resolve referred problems
Many hold to the opinion that scar tissue does not change and that normal sensation may never return. This does not have to be the case! MSTR can help by restoring flexibility to the collagen fibres resulting in lasting improvement.
Get in touch to discuss how MSTR could help you personally
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my scar is years old, does MSTR still work?
Yes, this technique may benefit scar tissue no matter how long you have it, even if it is decades old.
How long should I wait before treating my scar?
The scar must be well healed before any form of treatment. As a minimum, at least 6 weeks should be left between the date of the cause of the scar and the first treatment.
Can it be used on scars with screws, plates or implants?
Yes, MSTR can be used on scars that have plates, pins, screws and rods. It can also be used on the scar from breast implant surgery as the technique is not used directly over the implant.
What if I have a strong emotional connection linked to my scar?
Every scar is caused by some kind of trauma. Some scars may have been acquired in distressing circumstances or be associated with specific events or memories. In these situations, it is recommended that MSTR is the only therapy applied on that day.
Releasing the scar tissue can sometimes cause a rush of emotions, often in the form of tears, memory recall or laughing. This is part of the process of releasing your scar and even though it can be upsetting, it is a positive thing. You are in complete control of the session and can ask for treatment to stop at any time.
Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any possible emotional releases linked to your scar.
Are there any scars that cannot be treated with MSTR?
Scars where surgical mesh has been used cannot be treated with McLoughin Scar Tissue Release Technique.