Indications: who should undergo scar massage?
Patients who have undergone surgery or who have suffered a cut on their foot may benefit from scar massage. Scar massage may be most beneficial in patients who are developing an exuberant (hypertrophic) scar; have tethering of the underlying tissues to the skin; or where there is evidence of a nerve that is entrapped in a healing wound. It is critical that scar massage not be started until basic wound healing has occurred (usually a minimum of 3-4 weeks post-surgery) or else there is a chance that the wound will open up.
How it’s done
Gently rub the wound in a circular manner. Move back and forth across the wound. It may be helpful to apply a vitamin E based cream to make the massaging easier. It is helpful to gradually try and move the skin away from the underlying tissue. Consider massaging for 5-10 minutes per day. Stop if there is any evidence of wound breakdown or if symptoms are significantly aggravated.
Edited September 19, 2015