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This weeks most asked questions

Updated: Jun 12

Totally random but you guys asked them......

This week you asked:

How does abdominal massage work? does it help?

Can massage help my c section scar?

Can massage help my "pinched" nerve?

Abdominal massage, how does it work and how does it help???

Depending on what the client wants to change abdominal massage is a really powerful tool for change for things like bloating due to swelling, digestion issues or constipation. Then there is visceral manipulation whereby the stomach is the access point to change tension patterns throughout the body. Digestive complains seems to be the most common. and a good, focused massage to all the organs of digestion can really help someone.

Can massage help a c section scar?

Yes, it can. When I look at a c section scar, I evaluate the surrounding tissues for tension caused by the scar as well as any fluid retention it may be causing. Sometimes direct massage is applied but often gentle fascial release is used to not only break down the scar but soften the surrounding tissues. I personally love the effects if the lymphatic laser on c section scars. It can really soften and flatten them without causing pain and inflammation.

If the scar is new this is where lymphatic drainage really shines. It helps to reduce ugly fibrotic scars before they happen and can be started as early as day 2 post surgery. But don't worry if you can't start that early it is never too late to start manual lymphatic drainage on scars.

Can a massage relieve a pinched nerve?

Typically, yes if its being "pinched" by a muscle but if its pinched because its being compressed by a bone or a complication to a previous surgery then the rate of success may be less. Nerve pain isn't fun, it can be achy, sharp, zingy, hot or tingly. Often nerves will be irritated if we have over stretched, over poked or even when we are holding fluid in a particular area. It is always a good idea to talk to your Dr about nerve pain if it is on both sides, increasing or not improving.

The above information does not replace medical advice. Please ask you GP

if these are right for you.

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