Fascial Release for Internal Scar Tissue

I was invited my Anne Marie Jensen Author of Fertility and Physical Therapy, to teach 14 physios in Copenhagen to release internal scar tissue and adhesions. What a great city and a fantastic group of therapists. Many of the physios specialised in women’s health; from fertility issues “around 40% of women have mechanical causes for their infertility; eg scar tissue in the abdomen and uterus etc. These women often have a very good and healthy egg supply, but experience complications when trying to conceive.” Anne Marie Jensen.

The fascial work I teach focuses on adhesions in the abdomen and pelvic region. The techniques work on both surgical adhesions as well as scar tissue caused by inflammatory disease (endometriosis, chrones, colitis and many more). “Of patients who undergo abdominal surgery, 93 percent develop abdominal adhesions. Surgery in the lower abdomen and pelvis, including bowel and gynaecological operations, carries an even greater chance of abdominal adhesions. Abdominal adhesions can become larger and tighter as time passes, sometimes causing problems years after surgery.” Journal on surgical research 2011

The work is gentle and permissive, facilitating change deep within the fascial system to reduce pain, create better function and enable adhesions to re-integrate into the fascial web. As the adhesions release there is often an emotional memory that is processed. On the final day of the course, some students were working on scar tissue following a C-section, as the mother processed some of the trauma of her birth, both she and her baby became emotional, the students were able to hold a safe field to facilitate deep change, it was an incredibly powerful session for all involved, a privilege to witness. Emotion is stored on a tissue level and we as bodywork therapists must be aware and willing to facilitate this change. As Peter Levine says “Until we understand that traumatic symptoms are physiological as well as psychological, we will be woefully inadequate in our attempts to heal them.”

The students were so grateful for me to teaching, I felt privileged to teach such an open, responsive and lively group! I look forward to returning next year.

Read more about Scar Tissue Release, and experiences of both patients and students HERE.

Emma Gilmore