It’s great that you are searching for how to massage a C-section scar!
Did you know that roughly 30% of births worldwide are via C-section? That’s a lot of mamas walking around with abdominal scars. We really should be paying more attention to C-section recovery. Why? Caesarean recovery can interfere with breastfeeding, sleeping, bonding with baby and daily activities. Anywhere between 11 – 33% of those women go on to develop chronic scar pain. Other women report that their scar pulls and limits their ability to do certain movements and exercise.
Did you know that scar massage can help with reducing pain levels, improving general movement and (maybe) aid in the appearance of the scar?
How do I Massage my C-Section Scar?
Scar massage is easy to try at home. Simply lay down or rest in a reclined position, expose your abdomen and use your finger pads to find your scar. Start by moving your scar around. This is your test to see where your scar is the most stuck.
Once you’ve figure out in which directions your scar doesn’t want to move, you can gently but firmly pull the scar in that direction until you feel a mild pulling sensation. Hold for as little as 10 seconds, or as long as 90 seconds, basically, whichever feels better to you. Repeat at any location that feels stuck or sore. Do a little bit at a time, and regularly. Five to ten minutes worth 3 to 5 times a week.
Remember, no massage until the incision is fully closed with no signs of infection.
Want to learn some more C-section scar massage techniques and tips?
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Eryn & Katie, Registered Physiotherapists