Scars can be painful

Scars can produce pain. Some people report increased sensitivity to the touch or referring pain with any type of pressure applied to the scar. Painful scars can develop after normal trauma or surgical procedures. Just like with any healing or tissue injury, we never know when a painful scar might develop during healing.

There are treatments for decreasing the sensitivity of scar pain. One of the treatments is myofascialrelease. This technique works to separate the tissue and break up scar tissue. A second very common treatment is Graston Technique. Graston Technique utilizes stainless steel instruments that glide along the skin and break up the scar tissue.

Scar pain tends to resolve very well with Graston Techniqueand myofascialtreatments. A decrease in sensitivity and intensity of pain is felt after a few sessions.

A video of scar tissue treatment can be seen at Graston Technique for scar pain in Chandler Arizona,.

The following article discusses scar pain and its clinical importance. The abstract is below for your reading. More information on massage therapy and scar tissue can be found on the massage therapy and scar tissue pages.

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Clinical Importance of Active Scars: Abnormal Scars as a Cause of MyofascialPain

KarelLewit, MD, SarkaOlsanska



Active scars are a model of soft tissue lesions. Soft tissues surround the locomotorsystem everywhere. These tissues shift and stretch in harmony with joints and muscles. Activescars interfere with this type of movement, thus disturbing thefunction of the entire motor system.


The purpose of this article is to show the importance of such scars, their diagnosis, and the importannceof manipulative therapy.


After discussing the diagnosis, 51 cases are presented, the majority being scars after operation. Thepatients suffered from various types of myofascialpain from all sections of the locomotorsystem. The type of operation and the clinical symptoms are given. The method of treatment is soft tissue manipulation, making use mainly of the barrier phenomeneon.


In 36 of the cases, treatment of scarsproved highly relevant, giving striking results at first treatment and in the course of therapy. In 13 further cases, the scar was partly relevant, ie, one of several pathogenic lesions. It proved irrelevant in 3 cases.


The treatment of active scars can be of importance in a great number of cases; untreated, active scars are an important cause of therapeutic failure. Treatment also widens the scope of manipulative therapy.

PubMed © 2004 National University of Health Sciences. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.