ScarWork™ was developed by Sharon Wheeler of Seattle, United States. Sharon Wheeler trained with Dr. Ida Rolph, the founder of Structural Integration known as Rolphing. Sharon has spent over 40 years developing her techniques to improve the health and feel of scars following surgery or trauma, and with the help of specialist trainers in the UK, has started to train UK based Therapists in her ScarWork™ techniques.
Our bodies undertake a complex repair process following trauma or surgery, to repair breakages in the skin's surface and the underlying tissues. Scar tissue forms rapidly are composed of dense mainly collagen fibres. So many factors can have an impact on wound healing; current health, ongoing medical treatment or infections, and different parts of the body heal differently. Sometimes excessive or irregular scar tissue develops causing swelling, thickened or fibrous tissue, adhesions, and 'stuck' areas that can restrict movement and cause changes in sensation such as itching, pain, and discomfort and even cause problems internally.
How soon can I have ScarWork?
ScarWork can begin once the post-operative check-up has been carried out approximately 10 weeks post-surgery and it is never too late to start work on a scar.
Does it hurt?
ScarWork is rarely painful and uses light touch and gentle movements so are rarely uncomfortable, even for new scars. Practitioners work gently on and around the scar area, using gentle repetitive movements to stimulate circulation and promote tissue health.
Clients often comment their scars feel softer, less tight, and notice that mobility has improved. Scars often appear visually lighter, with ridges appearing less prominent and improvement to feelings of numbness, pain, or sensitivity. Not all clients will have a visual change, but usually, the scar will feel softer, smoother, and more integrated into its surrounding area after treatment.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the scar and the outcome you are looking for. Many notice immediate improvements quickly, although between 4-8 treatments generally between 1 and 4 weeks apart offers best a level of improvement, but each set of circumstances is individual.
What Scars can be treated?
Bowel resection scars
Breast augmentation & reduction scars Breast reconstruction scars (DIEP, TRAM, TUG, etc)
Carcinoma and melanoma removal scars
Drain and port scar
Gallbladder or appendix removal scars
Joint replacement (knee, hip, and shoulder)
Keyhole surgery scar
Open Heart Surgery Scar
Spinal surgery scar
WLI (lumpectomy) and many more...
ScarWork for Burn Scars
ScarWork treatment may help improve the mobility in the skin, fascia, and any adhesions in the underlying tissue following a burn. Treatments aim to stimulate the upper layers of the tissue to help encourage improvement. Burn scars often have a larger surface area and treatment may be required over an ongoing period to gain the improvement sought.
An initial telephone consultation will be undertaken to discuss your individual needs and ensure ScarWork is right for you.
First appointment and full consultation allow 90-minutes - £50
Further sessions of up to 60- minutes - £35
Please note that hands-on treatment time will always depend on the response of the area being worked.