McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique (MSTR®):  untreated scars can hinder any efforts to remedy pain and restrictions in mobility.

What is MSTR®?

The McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique (MSTR®) is an innovative, gentle and effective technique producing lasting changes in scar tissue.  It can be used to treat all types of scars no matter how old the scar is.   MSTR® can be considered for:

  • Post-surgical scars - including laparoscopic keyhole surgery, appendectomies, spinal surgery, hysterectomy and C-sections.

  • Injury or trauma scars- sports injuries, accidents, plantar fasciitis and micro fascia tears.

  • Burn scars

  • Stretch marks

  • Cultural scarification

  • Tattoo scars

  • Skin grafts

MSTR® can also be used to treat cellular memory scars, such as the trauma and reminder of the incident surrounding a scar.

The look and feel of scars may be unpleasant, and they may even have emotions attached to them due to the traumatic events that created them.  Scar tissue may contribute to what seems to be unrelated problems, such as:

  • restrictions in range of motion

  • muscle weakness

  • low self esteem

  • tingling or numbness

  • reduced lymph and blood flow

  • restrictions in the fascia

  • reduced chi or energy flow (in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory)

According to research conducted by K. Lewit and S. Olsanka (Clinical Importance of Active Scars: Abnormal Scars as a Cause of Myofascial Pain - 2002), if a scar is left untreated it may be the cause of therapeutic failure and recurrence.  What this means, no matter what physical therapy intervention is used (i.e. Bowen Therapy, Physiotherapy, Remedial Massage Therapy, etc.), untreated scars may thwart any efforts to remedy related pain and restrictions in mobility.

What does an MSTR® treatment involve?

Gentle pressure is applied using the fingertip on the affected area.  A methodical approach in combination with the gentle pressure helps to free restrictions in the scar.  There is no force involved and any work performed on a scar is always applied within the client's tolerance.  

MSTR® treatment times and outcomes will vary, depending on the size and complexity of the scar tissue being treated.  In most cases, a single treatment session is all that is required to free the restrictions and even result in visible changes in the scar tissue.  A followup will be conducted approximately one week after the first MSTR® treatment to determine whether an additional treatment will be required.

For very large and complex scars, it may require multiple treatments due to the size and complexity.  In such cases the scar will need to be treated in sections of up to one hour treatments at a time.

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