Scar tissue Mobilization
If you have had one or more C-Sections or other abdominal surgery, there will be scar tissue or adhesions. This is where the collagen (connective tissue) is laying down and binding, to repair and heal. The process can result in tightness or pulling sensation around your scar. Massage can help relieve this and aid comfort and healing. During your C-Section recovery rub and massage the skin gently between your fingers around the scar to help to break down scar tissue, encourage oxygen flow in, and toxin flow out of the area.
Whilst muscles have not been cut, ligaments and fascia have been, and this all takes time to heal. The more you can ‘connect with’ and use your deep core muscles with breathing exercises, the quicker the recovery will be. Scar tissue and adhesions can cause a tummy overhang, and body fat may appear to be unevenly distributed around your middle. Mobilizing the incision area will help with this.
The way you move during C-section recovery is really important. You need to support your body so you can heal, and heal well.
Some examples are…don’t try to get straight up from lying on your back – always roll to your side first. And avoid sit-ups or crunches. These type of movements will put a lot of strain onto your incision so it’s best to modify these movements and eliminate where possible.
Get outside for a gentle walk as soon as you feel able. Activity will help your emotional health, as well as increase circulation to aid healing and scar tissue during your C-section recovery. Your walk doesn’t have to be long. Start with a walk to the end of your driveway and back. Then aim to make it around your block. Then continue building up to longer walks as you feel capable.