27.8% of recorded UK births* in 2016-17 were via Caesarean Section and I’d love to know what percentage of those 174,720 women were advised or shown how to massage their scars and/or told why this is beneficial. Frustratingly it’s likely to be a very small number.
When your body is healing, it produces internal scar tissue and these adhesions (as they’re called) can sometimes bind to nearby organs and tissues that should move freely, resulting in a pulling or trapped sensation. They can also be a source of digestive/bowel problems, incontinence, lower back pain and sometimes even infertility.
Once your scar is fully healed on a superficial level, massage can be hugely beneficial in minimising the impact of these adhesions. And whilst it’s never too late to make improvements to them, the earlier the better! Massage also has many other healing benefits in terms of encouraging blood flow and assisting the body’s natural drainage.
This is absolutely something that you can do yourself at home and the videos below will provide you with a guide. Alternatively, you can book in with a specialist massage therapist to do this with more skills and confidence.
And in terms of product to use, Neal’s Yard’s rosehip oil is amazing for c-section massage. It’s super nourishing, improves skin texture and tone, lasts for ages (even when used daily) and it’s also great for stretch marks.
(*NHS Maternity Statistics, 2016-17, https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30137)