Burn Scar Massage Therapy
Burn survivors undergo extensive treatment
for their burns while in the hospital. However, after release from the
hospital, post-treatment care typically consists of outpatient wound care, pharmaceutical
pain management, and physical therapy. Pediatric burn survivors are especially
vulnerable to pain and disfigurement due to physical growth of their bodies and
scars as well as the emotional turmoil of burn recovery. In addition, according
to the American Burn Association web site, many survivors come from
economically depressed populations living at or below the poverty line with
little or no access to health insurance to support this lifelong recovery process.
Studies have already shown that massage
therapy can improve mobility, decrease pruritus, improve skin status and assist
in the overall recovery process for burn survivors. Massage assists in recovery
by increasing blood flow, softening tissues, releasing scar tissue, and
improving lymph drainage in the scarred tissue.
Current research on burn-related scar tissue
indicates that massage is effective in increasing mobility of previously
immobile or restricted tissue. While there has not been a conclusive study on
massage and mobility, early studies have been promising. Additional research recommends massage as part
of an optimal scar modification technique.
There is a clear and consistent relationship
between the effects and benefits of massage therapy and burn recovery. The
importance of touch to recovering burn survivors cannot be overestimated. Over
ten years of research has shown the importance and relevance of therapeutic
massage for burn scars. Research has indicated not just psychological benefits
but reduction in pruritus, improvement in range of motion, and significant
reduction in pain.
Owner of Therapeutic Healing Clinic Rose Pearson
CMT has taken the necessary steps and
are now offering burn survivors local therapeutic massage with their burn scars.
Please contact Rose to schedule an appointment or to just get more information.