C-Section Scar Healing – 1 Amazing Treatment for Numbness or Tightness!

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A scar is left behind when a child is born through a Cesarean section. Some women heal very well; other women have scars that are red, thick, and raised. Once the scar is healed, everything should function as normal.

For some though, the enlarged scar tissue causes numbing, tightness or paresthesia in the region surrounding the scar. Some women even experience numbness, tightness or paresthesia all the way down to their genitals.

For some other women, the scar tissue may make it difficult for you to engage your abdominal muscles. This may result in weakness in the core muscles, or even back pain.

C-Section Scar Healing? C-Sect Scar Numb?

At Soma Clinic, we have helped enough women regain feeling in that area after giving birth, and most of the time, we try to treat this along with other problems you’re coming in for, like lower back pain, postpartum depression, insufficient breast milk, etc.

Read on if you are open to finding out what form of Postnatal Massage Alternatives can help with C-Section scars.

At Soma Clinic, we treat the numbness or tightness caused by scar tissue adhesions. We will carefully place acupuncture needles around where the cut was made. We also stimulate key acupuncture points in the lower abdomen.

Some tips on managing your C-section scar at home!

Numbness around scar after C-section is a common problem for almost every woman. Try the following tips to prevent numbness around C-section scar:
  1. Your C-section scar will be covered with Steri-Strips, a paper tape-like product. Do not provoke them. They are keeping the wound clean and closed.
  2. Consume nutritious foods (this includes confinement food or herbal potions) to give your body the nutrients necessary for tissue repair and regeneration.
  3. Keep the wound clean to prevent infection during the initial phase of C-section scar healing.
  4. During the first six weeks, avoid hard lifting, housekeeping, and other large motions that could strain or aggravate the scar.
  5. After the scar has healed, acupuncture is able to break down scar tissue so you regain full sensation in the area surrounding the scar tissue.

How to lessen scarring following a C-section

If you’re lucky, your C-section scar will fade nicely, leaving you with nothing more than a faint line to remember your procedure.

Until a scar actually heals, it is impossible to predict how it will do so. And regrettably, scars sometimes don’t heal. Everybody heals differently, and scar size varies. Here are some suggestions to help a C-section scar look better if it is still visible.

  1. Silicone gel or sheets: Silicone can strengthen connective tissue and repair skin. It can help soften and flatten scars and lessen the pain associated with scars. To reduce the scar, use silicone sheets directly on the incision or cover the wound with silicone gel.
  2. Massage of scars: After your scar has healed, regular massage can help to reduce adhesions and break down scar tissue. Scars progressively fade due to scarring because massage stimulates the skin and promotes blood flow, which fosters cellular growth. Rub your scar in a circular motion with your middle and index fingers for five to ten minutes every day. If you’d like, apply a cream, such as silicone gel or vitamin E, to your skin before massage.
  3. Laser treatment: Light beams are used in this procedure to repair skin damage. Laser therapy can cause scars tissue to become softer and more supple; elevated scar tissue can also be eliminated. To get the desired results, you might need several sessions of laser treatments.
  4. Injections of steroids: In addition to reducing pain and inflammation throughout the body, steroid injections can help flatten and enhance the appearance of deeper scars. You may require several monthly injections to get the desired results. However, there are potential side effects when using steroids.
  5. Revision of scars: If you have a visible scar, scar revision can open and re-close the scar. Scar revision can help in eliminating damaged skin and blending it into your surrounding skin to make it less conspicuous.

How does Acupuncture help people after surgery?

Acupuncture will help people get better faster after surgery by:

  • Increasing microcirculation and promoting soft tissue remodeling.
  • Reducing pain and numbness through endorphin release.
  • Eliminating side effects that come from tissue adhesions in one part of the body causing dysfunction elsewhere in the body (e.g. C-section scar tissue associated with lower back pain).

Is Acupuncture Effective for Surgical Scars?

Acupuncture can assist in speeding up the post-surgical healing process. It helps to alleviate pain and minimize adhesions caused by excessive keloid growth as the surgical scars heal.

To facilitate the healing of a surgical wound, scar tissue fibers are broken up with needles. In addition to stimulating blood flow to the area, stimulation from the needle removes areas of trapped fluid. If certain parts of the scar are more restricted than others, we pay special attention to these areas.

How does Acupuncture help C-Section Scars?

Acupuncture treatments for post-Cesarean recovery will also help with the look of the scar, reducing its thickness and redness over time.

How it does so is by inducing microtrauma to the scar tissue, which signals the body to direct its healing resources in that area. These acupuncture micro needles are small – they are one-tenth of the diameter of injection needles.

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Acupuncture helps you Heal Emotionally.

It has been shown that Acupuncture helps calm the nervous system. It may also help the body process emotions that had to be held in especially during an overwhelming event.

Especially for moms who had hoped to avoid a cesarean but ended up with one, the C-section can also be an emotional scar that can be partially process from acupuncture alone.

Both psycho-emotional and physical symptoms can be alleviated when a postpartum mother receives acupuncture treatment.

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Acupuncture also helps with C-Section Scar Reduction?

Acupuncture is effective in minimizing the scarring left behind by cesarean procedures. Pain, restricted movement, and even possible difficulties with subsequent pregnancies can all be caused by adhesions or restrictions in a scar.

After your stitches have been removed, collagen fibers will begin to grow at the location of the incision. This will eventually lead to the formation of adhesions. Because these collagen fibers are less elastic than your original tissue, it can cause complications in the long run, especially as they continue to lose their elasticity. Initially, this is important in binding the wound together, but in the long term, it can cause issues elsewhere in the musculoskeletal system.

It can take anywhere from nine months to a year for the scar to completely heal, depending on the severity of the wound. Acupuncture can assist in post-surgical recovery of the scar tissue.

When to consult a doctor if you have C-section scar infection symptoms

Please call your medical doctor right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Edema, warmth, or erythema around the wound or incision
  • Fever over 38 degrees celsius
  • Oozing or discharge at the location of the incision
  • Bad odor coming from c-section wound
  • Hardening around the wound
  • Some pain is common in the first few weeks, but it should be diffuse rather than sharp pain
  • Your wound splits open.

When do I start treatment? What will you do?

It is best to administer acupuncture for C-Section scar healing when the scar is at least 80-90% healed. In general, it should be safe to begin local scar therapy to enhance healing and minimize adhesions at about six weeks postpartum.

Acupuncture is effective in minimizing the scarring left behind by the C-section procedure. Pain, restricted movement, and even possible difficulties with subsequent pregnancies could all be caused by adhesions or restrictions in a scar.

Come in whenever you are prepared. We can begin therapy as soon as you can visit our clinic. Needles are inserted around the scar in a pattern known as “surrounding the dragon.” The suggested number of sessions depends on the scar’s thickness and tenacity.

When you come in for a session, we usually do not solely treat the scar tissue, as postpartum mums come for other reasons, like postpartum water retentionpostpartum depression, or even postpartum wrist pain. So, just come in for a session!

FAQs

What is the healing time for a C-section scar?

Your scar should feel and look significantly better in two weeks, but healing takes longer.

By week six, a C-section scar will have recovered 80% of its strength. It can be deemed as recovered and is no longer susceptible to further damage or infection. However, it may take the scar at least a year to settle into its final appearance. Before this happens, it can be helpful for gentle intervention to break down scar tissue, especially if there are inconveniences or discomfort associated with the scar tissue.

Is it typical for a C-section scar to itch?

Given the disruption of the local nerves, itching is a relatively common occurrence. Don’t scratch. Apply a small dose of sunburn cream to the skin around the scar to soothe itchy skin. Alternately, apply ice to the region for five to ten minutes (or use an ice pack or ice wrapped in a towel).

Is numbness in a C-section scar typical?

Yes. Many women report tingling or numbness in the region, which often disappears with time. For some, the paresthesia remains even after 3 months postpartum. If it worries you, mention it to your practitioner.

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