Tara Kachroo

C-Section Scars

C-sections are one of the most commonly performed abdominal surgeries, comprising between 25%-30% of deliveries in Canada. It is well known that c-sections can cause many health problems, including back pain. But many people giving birth are not educated about the lasting effects that the scar can have. Pain and/or numbness around the c-sectrion scar itself is only one of the many far ranging negative effects of this scar tissue.

Scar tissue can:

  • adhere layers of abdominal muscles to each other reducing their action and creating core instability. If you are 
  • Create fascial distortions causing postural issues and motor control problems throughout the body
  • Impinge nervbes causing numbness or increased sensitivity and pain
  • Adhere internal organs to each other and surrounding tissues, causing problems with the functioning of these organs and leading to problems like incontinence, digestive issues, menstrual pain, and chronic infections=
  • Block lymphatic drainage, which slows the healing process and causing tenderness and swelling

C-section scars also commonly affect hip mobility and stability, create a feeling of anterior hip stiffness, they can affect shoulder movement, create neck pain, and produce pelvic floor symptoms like incontinence, constipation, or diarrhea, as well as contribute to foot problems and knee pain among other things. 

I have found, in my practice, that C-section scars lead to more discomfort, hip pain, back pain, and postural issues than other lower abdominal scars do. Why?

  1. New parents often do not have time to rest and heal immediately after this major surgery.⁠
  2. They have the additional load on their damaged core muscles of carrying a baby.⁠
  3. Physiotherapy or other types of rehab are rarely assigned after c-sections; there is little or no education given about how to care for the surgical wound or the scar afterwards.⁠
  4. C-sections can be emergency procedures in which the patient is already in a state of deep stress before the surgery begins, causing additional scar tissue to be laid down in response to the stress.

C-section Scar Release Therapy

C-section Scar Release Therapy is central to post-partum care for new mothers, however even very old c-section scars can be released with astonishing results.  Many clients have total relief from back pain, hip pain and other postural issues from between 2 and 6 sessions of scar release. The integrative movement therapy approach to scar release in this area uses a mixture of assessments and of hands-on manual techniques to yield faster and more long-lasting results than other approaches. These include the use of Neurokinetic Therapy to assess the scars effects on motor control. Assessment is followed by myofascial release, visceral manipulation, MPS therpy and corrective exercise.  The effects are:


  • Reduced swelling and local discomfort
  • Reduced numbness and pain
  • Correction of fascial distortions, improved posture
  • Improved stability and coordination
  • Reduced compensation patterns
  • Increased core strength
C-Section Scars

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