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Is scar tissue an issue?


Why is the treatment of scar tissue so important?

There are so many reasons!


One of the most important pieces of research on scar tissue was conducted by Karl Lewit MD and Sarka Olsanska. Their report was titled “Clinical Importance of Active Scars: Abnormal scars as a cause of myofascial pain”. Their paper, published in 2002, concluded:

“If the scar is…untreated, it may be the cause of therapeutic failure and recurrence.” In other words, scars are the body's quick fix for repairing damage and as such are likely to be inherently weak and the cause of subsequent issues.

Our bodies are held together by soft tissue. Part of this soft tissue is called fascia. When we are injured or undergo surgery, the ‘webbing’ of fascia is interrupted by the formation of scar tissue. The fibrous and tightly bound collagen fibres of the scar tissue inhibit free movement, in the same way a tight shirt can restrict your movement.

What sort of scars can be treated?

McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release (MSTR®) can be used for:

  • Caesarean section scars

  • Hysterectomy scars

  • Spinal surgery scars

  • Trauma scars, such as those typically found on the knee

  • Head wound scars

  • Mastectomy scars etc…

  • Amputation scars

  • Underlying scar tissue from laparoscopic surgery

The initial healing period for a scar is approximately 6 weeks. Interestingly, any scar can be treated effectively after this point, even if it is 30, 40, 50 years old. MSTR® proves effective no matter the age of the scar.

Additionally, MSTR® can be used for a whole host of additional problems where underlying fibrous tissue is present. This includes:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Certain cases of frozen shoulder

  • Sports injuries (such as quadriceps and hamstring tears)

  • Underlying scar tissue from surgeries or tissue traumas

  • Any areas of dense fibrous tissue



MSTR affects the scar tissue on several levels.

The scar can be remote from the problem area. For example, a scar from appendix surgery can cause shoulder restrictions or low back discomfort. A scar on the toe or foot can affect hip, knee and low back function. A wide range of biomechanical restrictions can be unlocked with MSTR® work.

The energy pathways described in Traditional Chinese Medicine (called ‘meridians’) are interrupted by scarring. For example, a transverse C-section, a very common surgery, can interrupt 5 or 6 different energy pathways.

From case study reports we know other health problems, such as acid reflux or other gastric problems, can improve from the treatment of the C-section. Other improvements can include bowel disorders and headaches – all from treating the C-section scar.

Some scars (especially those from trauma) can be particularly distressful to some people. They may not like their scar. They may not want to even touch it. Their scar represents the event that created that scar. The scar may bring up feelings of fear, anger, hate, disgust, self-image problems and so forth. Even feelings of worthlessness can be associated with that scar. One of the most outstanding things is that MSTR® treatment can provide an eradication of those long-held negative feelings. How does that work?

It seems that as the scar itself normalises (as sensation returns to the scar, fibrous tissue softens and it begins to feel ‘natural’ again), then those negative emotions also start to lessen. There are many examples and experiences where those feelings simply start to disappear as the scar begins improve, ‘to integrate’ and become part of the ‘whole’ again.



Is MSTR® comfortable to receive?

It is a very gentle technique. Clients generally report feeling very relaxed, some even fall asleep. Sometimes as the circulation and nerve conductivity improve, the area can feel tingly.


Treatment takes about 15 minutes for a large scar.

What does the research show?

Two research projects have been undertaken into the effectiveness of MSTR®. The first was in June 2019. This preliminary study involved three test subjects with Caesarean section scars. The scar size reduced on average by around 33% in one 15 minute treatment. They also recorded improved circulation both around and into the scar, where no circulation was previously seen.

The second study confirmed that "MSTR® not only reduces scar tissue, but also helps release the densely bound collagen fibres that make up scar tissue to allow increased blood flow into the area once again."

MSTR® is a gentle, effective technique that improves circulation, lymphatic drainage, nerve conductivity, energy flow and appearance of scar tissue.


Don't let scar tissue hold you back!







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