Sharon Wheeler's Scar Work
& Myofascial Release
A gentle approach to healing and soft tissue realignment
Sharon Wheeler's Scar Work Massage Therapy
A Scar consists of fibrous tissue that is laid down in a mis matched fashion so it is not as structurally sound as uninjured tissue. Scar tissue is not as flexible and can disrupt smooth movement between the fascial layers, causing adhesions, sensitivity, pain and weakness.
Sharon Wheeler's Scar Work therapy uses a variety of light techniques which are applied to the scar and surrounding tissues to create better movement between the layers of skin, fascia (connective tissue) and muscle. It stimulates the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous system. It helps integrate the scar into movement, reduce pain, tightness, sensitivity and numbness. Visually cosmetic changes can occur; the scar often appears smaller, lighter and less prominent. All kinds of scars can be worked on from very old to newly healed. The scar could be the result of an accident, operation or cosmetic surgery.
Fascia is thin, tough, elastic connective tissue that surrounds, wraps and connects most of the structures in the human body. It is our soft skeleton that weaves throughout our body. Myofascial Release (muscle connective tissue release) is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the muscle and surrounding soft tissue to release tightness in the muscle and help restores the natural slide and glide between the soft tissue layers. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (connective tissue) to elongate. Treating the connective tissue stimulates the circulation and lymphatic flow enhancing the healing process. It also improves how our muscles, joints and soft tissue integrate with each other, ultimately improving functional movement.