ScarWork is a form of scar therapy which uses gentle massage techniques, without oils or creams, to help post operative or burn scars. This specialised scar treatments, developed by American therapist Sharon Wheeler, is becoming increasingly popular in the UK with a network of over 100 therapists currently trained.
ScarWork is used to improve feeling and functionality in the scar and surrounding tissues, leading to increased movement between the layers of the skin, fascia (connective tissue) and muscle.
There may be visible cosmetic improvements- scars often appear smaller, flatter, paler and less prominent but the emphasis is on the underlying tissue changes. With reduction in the density of the scar tissue, and the improvement in tissue health, nerve impairment such as numbness, pain, itching, irritation or extreme sensitivity often improves. These improvements are often permanent.
In addition, tightness in surrounding tissues is reduced which helps to restore normal muscle function. Knots and tight ropey scars are softened and loosened, and the appearance of ridges and holes can be minimised. Several treatments may be needed to gain optimum benefit and individual response to treatment will vary.
Following an operation or accident, as the body rushes to close and heal the wound, different layers under the skin become adhered – stuck together. ScarWork stimulates the area, encouraging further natural healing to occur, helping to release these stuck layers and improving the movement in the scar and surrounding tissues.
Even very old scars can benefit from ScarWork treatment, and the technique is suitable for many different types of scars, including those after an accident, operation, burn or cosmetic surgery.
Before undergoing a course of ScarWork treatment, it is important that treatment scars are dry, healed and infection free.
Kate Tosney has over 8 years experience in various clinical and sports settings. She qualified in Swedish massage in 2004, and then went on to gain her level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy in 2009. In 2011 Kate achieved her VTCT Level 4 in Sports Massage Therapy. Since then she has gone on to develop her skills and interest in this field, as well as achieving qualifications in Advanced Clinical Massage, Myofascia Release and Trigger Point Therapy in 2014, and ScarWork in 2015.
Since qualifying Kate has worked at Saint Helens and Caldy Rugby Clubs, as well as regularly attending running and biking events providing massage.
Kate offers different levels of massage depending on your needs. It can be relaxing to assist with general tension and stress and deeper to deal with sports injuries, training issues or long term tension.
Kate is also a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
Our ScarWork clinic is ideally located in South Warrington, Cheshire, just 1 minute from J10 on the M56 (View Map) Cheshire Natural Health’s fully trained ScarWork massage practitioners treat clients who travel from various locations to use our services, not just the local Warrington & Cheshire areas, including Chester | Manchester | Liverpool | Wirral | Bolton | Northwich | Winsford | Stockport | Wilmslow | Hale | Altrincham | Sale | Macclesfield | Buxton | Wigan | Southport & across the Cheshire & North West region.