Can Massage Help with Scar Tissue?

Can Massage Help with Scar Tissue?

Do you have unwanted scar tissue that is painful and bothers you? Have you wondered, “Can Massage Help with Scar Tissue?

The answer is YES!


Scar tissue itself is the body’s normal method for healing body parts that are injured. Scar tissue is formed by collagen. After an injury, your body lays down collagen that will become normal healthy tissue.

How does one get it?

After surgery, scar tissue will develop where the surgical incision is in the skin.

After injuries like a hamstring tear or rotator cuff tear, scar tissue will develop in the muscle as it heals.

How Can Massage Help with Scar Tissue?

In general, the scar must be fully closed and no scabbing present to begin scar massage.  Your doctor should assess your scar before beginning scar massage.

Management of scar tissue through massage, stretching, and exercise is essential to ensure proper remodeling of the scar takes place and normal mobility and function are restored.

What is involved with Scar Tissue Massage?

Usually, a small amount of lubrication is used during scar massage. This is used to keep the scar and skin pliable and soft.

Cross friction massage is commonly used in the treatment of tendonitis and muscle strains or ligament sprains.  This involves using one or two fingers to massage your scar in a direction that is perpendicular to the line of the scar.

Myofascial Release is often used to manage scar tissue and the adhesion that may accompany scar tissue. The technique involves using the hands to massage the skin and underlying tissues around the scar. Motions are slow and the amount of force used is usually light.

How long does this take?

In general, it takes about six to eight weeks to fully remodel injured tissue in the body.  A massage therapist will take it slow and provide a nice, long duration low-load stress to your scar tissue.

All Body Kneads Massage Therapy can help you with unwanted scar tissue. Give us a call today or visit our website to schedule an appointment and continue the healing process.