Hong Kong has the second-highest ratio of cesarean sections in Asia. Many mothers are not fully informed on how to heal, recover and prevent complications after the surgery. A C-Section scar massage is recommended for any woman with a well-healed scar and has been cleared by her doctor, usually at the 6-week check-up. This massage may prevent complications later on, including lower back pain, frequent urination and pelvic pain.
The scar can take up to two years to fully heal, so starting the massage routine early on can help the healing process. The good thing is that it is never too late to start.
How does a C-Section Scar Massage help?
Massaging a scar can help reduce scar tissue being formed around organs and may create a thinner scar. Massage also helps to increase blood flow which is beneficial to the healing process. Scars may take up to two years to fully recover, but even if you begin this healing process later down the road, the massage can still be beneficial.
How to massage your C-section scar?
Once your scar is closed and is considered well-healed by your doctor, you may begin a gentle massage. The scar will initially feel tender so do start slowly. By spending just five minutes every day on this massage, you should start to notice an improvement in mobility in the lower abdomen. Be careful to pay attention to any discomfort or pain and please speak to your doctor or birthing specialist if you do not feel any improvement after several weeks.
DIRECT SCAR MASSAGE
This method can be applied once you feel well-healed and there is no discomfort when performing the skin stretching.
SCAR LIFT AND ROLL
As your scar continues to heal and you are feeling comfortable with the massage, you may be able to work deeper by lift up the scar.
YouTube video massage instructions: YouTube YouTube
Institute for birth healing: How to massage your scar
OT&P – 6-week recovery advice: Postnatal recovery
Please do remember to listen to your body and consult a registered health professional if you have any concerns.
Postnatal health is often overlooked but this is a great way to help the healing process.
Any woman that has had a C-section.
Please make sure you listen to your body. If there is anything that does not feel right, talk to a health professional.