E. Ruth Wellness Massage, LLC

Scar Tissue - let’s make it work better

Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

How scar tissue develops, simplified:

After a surgery, injury or burn, your body quickly mends damaged tissues with collagen fibers. The damaged tissue can be quite diverse: tendons, muscle, and fascia. Each tissue type is unique in cellular composition; that is, it has a unique assortment of building blocks to enable distinct functions. For example, the building blocks of muscle create contraction, allowing you move yourself and other objects. Those in fascia are smooth and slick, reducing friction against surrounding tissues. Collagen, as you may have guessed (or experienced), isn’t so great at supporting all these functions.

While our body deserves many thanks for the ability to repair itself, mass amounts of collagen can prohibit movement. When in repair mode, the body, trying to heal and prevent further injury, lays down an abundance of collagen fibers in every which way- think of frantically trying to mend a hole in your shirt, threading string in each direction (as opposed to sewing in a clean line with the seam). As collagen, this “glob” can limit range of motion and block nutrient passageways, resulting in weakness, limited function and pain.

How I can help:

I can safely breakup existing scar tissue and cue the body to lay down collagen in an organized manner through my specialized training. I guided scar tissue to mend in the same direction as the fiber it’s replacing (i.e. sewing thread “in line” with the seam). The result is functional scar tissue. Functional scar tissue, while still composed of collagen, moves with muscle fibers. It doesn’t restrict movement.

I also employ techniques to loosen adhesions in surrounding tissues and tissue layers, reducing barriers to blood flow and other fluids. Opening up this space allows for nutrients, like oxygen, and cellular waste products, like carbon dioxide, to better move in and out of the repaired tissue. The result can lead to a reduction in pain, scar thickness and discoloration.

If you have a scar (new or old) that is impairing movement or causing pain, I encourage you to call or email me to discuss treatment options and results. Consultations are always complimentary.


Orthopedic massage promotes healthy scar tissue formation at sites of overuse or injury. It is often used on strains and sprains to accelerate the healing process and improve joint mobility. View More