Scar Tissue Release

Scar Tissue Release:
The focus of this course is to teach you subtle, powerful fascial release techniques, to free up pelvic and abdominal adhesions as well as breast related adhesions. Internal adhesions may cause pain and discomfort, impacting on patients internal organs; bladder, uterus, digestive system as well as fertility. The techniques taught are applied skin on skin (there are no internal techniques). These in-depth fascial release techniques will enable you to treat the collagenous component of adhesions and scar tissue however old. The techniques are light and gentle with the aim of reducing pain, improving function, and facilitating integration of scar tissue itself.

The fascial techniques are effective for adhesions and scar tissue caused by inflammatory conditions including Endometriosis, Crones disease, colitis, IBS, as well as for scar tissue from radiation therapy and surgical scars.

“Of patients who undergo abdominal surgery, 93% develop abdominal adhesions.” Ward BC, Panitch A. Abdominal adhesions: current and novel therapies. Journal of Surgical Research.

“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.” www.niddk.nih.go

These fascial techniques are applicable for women with abdominal adhesions which may be reducing their chance of conception.

“Studies from the US  show around 40% of all cases of female infertility are caused by; hormonal disorders …. metabolic and autoimmune disorders and other medical conditions. But just as many (around 40%) have mechanical causes for their infertility; …….. 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. Physiotherapist specialising in infertility. Author Fertility and Physical Therapy.

As healing takes place due to disease, injury or surgical procedures; different tissue layers adhere to one another as the body rushes to heal the injury or wound. Scar tissue release helps to free up these adhesions both superficially and deep within the body. The acquired skills facilitate better function of tissues and organs and movement in the scar and surrounding tissues.

As a result of this training you will be able to palpate and treat both deep and superficial scar tissue to:

  • Reduce pain and restriction.
  • Create better internal function (e.g. reduce pain on urination).
  • Restore nerve function including numbness, pain and sensitivity.
  • Reverse uterine and vaginal prolapse as well sensations of prolapse.
  • Enhance movement of the surrounding tissues, to reduce pulling and sticking.
  • Reduce adhesions caused by inflammatory response (IBS, Endometriosis, Crones, Colitis)
  • Enhance chances of fertility if internal adhesions are play a role in preventing it.

This course will include components of home care techniques. Teach your patients how to do some gentle self-care at home, to reduce adhesions. This will also lead to a great sense of empowerment for your patients.

The focus of this course is on women’s health and to empower our female clients.

It is never too late to start healing a scar and re-integrating the scar into the fascial web.

As a result of this course, you will leave with the skills and the confidence to treat your patients scar tissue. Most importantly you will gain better results with existing patients. You will also be able to increase your client base because of your increased skill set.

Scar Tissue Release: Work around ribs.

After two C-sections, one emergency and one scheduled I was left with numbness and disassociation in the whole of my abdominal region, as well as the sensation that my pelvic organs were about to prolapse (this was above and beyond what could be done with pelvic floor exercises), I also experienced pain during sexual intercourse. The treatment, has made a huge difference, I no longer have the sensation of prolapse, sex is now painless, I now feel more upright and more confident. I am beginning to feel my abdomen as an integrated part of me.


Double Cesarean section: All surgeries affect the tissues and surrounding organs.

Scar Tissue Release MFR

Open to all qualified therapists (if you have completed our MFR Foundation 3 day Course then you will only need to attend day 2 & 3, so please sign up for the 2 day option. All other therapists will need to attend the full 3 day course).

Dates: 3rd, 4th & 5th November 2019.

Course Fee £330 for 3 days and £220 for 2 days.

Time: 9am – 5pm each day

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Tutor: Emma Gilmore

CPD points awarded by APNT

3 Days = 24 points awarded by APNT


Sadly we cannot refund your course fee. If a minimum of 4 weeks notice is given, your fee can be transferred to another course. Your fee will confirm your place on the course and your commitment to training. In the unusual event that you do not wish to complete the course the full balance of course fees is still payable.

In December 2011 I had surgery to remove a cancer in my colon. I was told it would probably be a keyhole operation, but in the event the cancer was too large. The scar I have is about 21 cm long, from my navel over to the area above where my appendix would have been. The cancer, plus a metre of colon was removed along with my appendix and eighteen lymph nodes. I had no post-operative problems and the scar on the surface became virtually invisible.

A year later I found I had breast cancer, a lumpectomy and then a mastectomy followed – but again no chemo or radiotherapy.

Five years after my colon operation I began to have internal twinges in my stomach around the area where my appendix would have been and where the cancer had been. Over the next few weeks the twinges became more frequent and intense. My GP was in the process of taking blood samples and I was heading for a referral to the hospital. I thought the cancer had returned and it seemed the GP feared it might have done too. However Myofascial Release came to the rescue – over the next few weeks Emma worked on my internal scar tissue. The twinges gradually diminished until they disappeared and now a couple of years later I have virtually forgotten about it.

Janet A

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Scar Tissue Release: palpate and work along incision line.

I thought the course was excellent, I went away and used some of the techniques the next day! The mix of scars we had the opportunity to work on was excellent. It was a fantastic opportunity to treat a variety of members of the public in one setting. I know I will use all of the techniques in my practice and that they will make a big difference.


Freedom Within

Scar Tissue Release: The original scar.

This beautiful work is gentle and permissive, it allows time for the body tissues to soften and release. It was challenging to work in a new way, but the techniques will be invaluable to my patients.


Student feedback: “inspirational” to “healing”
Bottom row: Olha was lost for words!

Emma settled me on the couch and made gentle flat hand contact just above my pubic symphysis.  I could feel myself contracting against her hand but I couldn’t work out why. Emma mentioned the tissues felt very dense here and settled me more, but there was still some resistance.

Emma suggested I roll onto my stomach, face down I felt more in control and less threatened, even though her hand was in the same position. I tuned into what I was feeling and remembered I’d had a traumatic smear about 6 weeks previously. I have a high and side-tilted uterus which meant the smear was incredibly painful. I bled afterwards and I cried afterwards too. Even during my period which was around 3 weeks later, I continued to have flashbacks of this pain when using applicator tampons.

During the release work, I did feel a similar sensation to the smear itself, but on a much reduced scale. Once I engaged with the sensations, and talked about the memory of the smear I was able to allow Emma’s hand to sink deeper until the point where I no longer felt her hand. She advised me that I could continue to use this technique on myself at home, which I have done a couple of times. During my most recent period, I’ve not had any flashbacks or pain anticipation.

I have to say I really wasn’t expecting any of this to come up but I was open to exploring what it could be in a curious and observational way. I do believe once I was able to verbalise what the memory was, this was a key factor in helping me to move forward from unconsciously minimising  the lasting effects it had on me. Even though working externally, this treatment had a huge effect on my internal tissues.

Laura H.

Holistic Massage Therapist

After two Scar tissue treatments for my Total Knee Replacement (TKR):

Both my legs have benefited from the treatment on the 2 different scars, or treatment of the surrounding tissues.

R. Leg, 6 months post total knee replacement plus DVT 1 week post op.

For the first time since surgery/DVT, I achieved a 90 degree bend, which has been maintained. In addition the stubborn inflammation and swelling has reduced. This was visible next day, since there was less tension, the stitch line puckered again, which also aided flexibility. Also next day, I went swimming and for the first time post op could manage partial breaststroke, instead of a feeble crawl and had better balance in the water. Interestingly my toes became less cramped! My mobility and comfort were increased and I slept better.

Yesterday, I had to be re-measured for compression socks and stockings, because those previously ordered were the wrong size. This time both legs fitted the guideline measurements for the same size, which is a size smaller than I measured previously – so all good!

L. Leg, venous ulcer scar 18 months old. Following the treatment this feels and looks better. It is less tender and a better colour. The skin around is less dry, circulation has been improved.

Thank you.

Hilary McCrudden

Retired Nurse