What is MSRT?
MSRT (McLoughlin Scar Release Technique) is a unique hands-on treatment to normalise scarring, which gives you permanent results. This means that after treatment, the scar tissue & appearance will not revert back to its original state. The scar tissue is lightly manipulated, which will separate the tissue strands to free trapped nerve endings, re-supply blood circulation and improve lymph drainage.
Why do we use it?
Scars are often a permanent reminder of a very traumatic event, whether the scar is the result of a planned surgical operation, or an accident: the body has had a hole cut into it that was not meant to be there, it requires time to heal both physically and emotionally.
Scars can result in loss of confidence emotionally, and can cause many physical problems after healing, such as numbness of skin, a tingling feeling, or even pain. Often the area itches, burns or is hypersensitive. Deep scars can result in postural distortion, a loss of flexibility, and a loss of muscle or tissue wastage.
The scar is created when the skin has been cut and the natural response to the trauma begins. The body lays down collagen as part of the repair process and this can result in a thickened mass under, and at the sides of the scar which can impede proper circulation, lymphatic drainage flow, and can result in the severing of delicate nerve tissue.
When do we use it?
Some people are happy to feel their scars, and some cannot or do not want to, due to the trauma surrounding the scar. If a person feels that their scar has a puckered, thick, fibrous look, or it feels dense and lumpy around the scar, then it would benefit from having the tissue underneath released. Also, the area could be hypersensitive, numb, itchy, feels ‘fizzy’ on touch or feels as if the area is burning. If there is a physical pulling or dragging feeling under the skin, (which can actually cause postural distortion at its worst), then the technique could be used. Old scars, which can interfere with a person’s daily life, react well to the technique: but new scars must wait until all the healing has been completed, both on the skin’s surface and underneath, before the technique can be performed.
Scars that MSTR® is used for:
Trauma scars such as those typically found on the knee
Mastectomy scars etc…
Underlying scar tissue from laparoscopic surgery
Additional problems where underlying fibrous tissue is present.
Certain cases of frozen shoulder
Sports injuries (such as quadriceps and hamstring tears)
Underlying scar tissue from surgeries or tissue traumas
Any areas of dense fibrous tissue
Success has also been reported with burns scars in some instances!
Where is it from?
Alastair McLoughlin is a specialist in the treatment of muscular-skeletal pain, using natural drug-free methods. Alastair realised that specific treatment for scar tissue had been ignored and realised that the physical and emotional effects of scars on the human body can be serious, he then developed his unique technique to specifically treat scar tissue. He is a Bowen therapist, instructor and author, he is also the developer of MSRT, which is in his own words, “probably the most valuable and important technique I have ever developed” He now teaches MSRT all over the world.
SCAR TISSUE – Why it shouldn’t be ignored!
As surgical interventions continue to rise, the resulting scars never go away and they are a constant reminder of the day and of the surgery. Scars can arise from accidents, elective surgery, wounds from wars and conflicts, personal attacks and many other traumas.
For a big percentage of the population, effective treatment of scar tissue is left untreated and we just learn to live with the pain, tightness, less of sensation & how it looks.
The effects of post-surgical scars on the human body cannot be underestimated. In other words, no matter what physical therapy intervention is used untreated scars may hinder our best efforts to remedy related pain and restrictions in mobility. The body forms scar tissue as a natural response to trauma when the skin is lacerated or punctured either by accident or purposefully i.e. surgery. Collagen being laid down during the repair process results in a thickened, fibrous mass which can impede proper circulation of blood, congests lymph flow, and can even impact on Range of Motion.
The effect of scar tissue in the physical body is just the beginning: The Emotional and Psychological effects of scar tissue every scar represents an event that created the scar. Many of these are traumatic events:
• Emergency life-threatening surgeries
• War wounds
• Personal attacks (knife wounds/bullet wounds)
• Automobile accidents
• Numerous other types of accident in the home or at work
• Non emergency surgeries
If we take just ONE of those instances – the Caesarean-Section. There is often long term psychological and emotional reactions to the emergency C-section.
These reactions include, but are not limited to:
• Low self-esteem and a sense of worthlessness
• Feelings of ‘disconnection’ – the lower body to the upper
We are finding that when the physical attributes of the scar change (texture, sensation and appearance) then the emotional and psychological effects as described above can also improve.
Post operative physical effects of C-section scars may also include:
• low back pain
• abdominal pain
• restriction and pain upon flexion and extension of the spine in
• bladder and bowel problems
It is noted many times that these physical effects can improve and, in some cases, be eliminated due to the successful treatment of scar tissue.
One interesting side-effect of MSTR® work is the common feedback from clients is that they feel more energised after scar work has been performed. Possibly an increase of energy and blood flow through restricted pathways…
Conclusion: The treatment of scar tissue is a vital element in the treatment of musculoskeletal and myofascial pain. Psychological and emotional states may also improve as scar tissue is addressed, and the patient experiences better integration and normalisation of the tissues.