If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This!

If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This! - Fit2B.com - When you are working to strengthen core muscles after surgery {post csection, appendectomy, hernia surgery, etc.} don’t miss out on this home workout video great to add to your rehab exercises safe for diastasis recti. - #postpartum #recovery #healing #momlife #diastasisrecti #diastasis #fitmom #newborn #fitmomlife #fitmom #homefitness #abworkout #homeworkouts_4u #healthylife #healthylifestyle #coreworkouts #diastasisrecti #diastasis #diastasisrecovery #fit2b

When an incision is made in your belly for any type of surgery — Cesarean, appendectomy, hernia mesh installment, hysterectomy, etc. — the nerves in that area are left somewhat exposed by the remaining scar, and the area can hurt for years to come. However, it’s never too late to do something about it!

 When there are deep wounds and scars that leave behind fascial adhesions and disconnect, it can be very hard for a woman to look at her tummy, let alone touch it. When you have a scar on your belly or abdominal fascia that won’t pull back together {or fascia that pulls too hard} tummy massage can be very healing.

If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This! - Fit2B.com - When you are working to strengthen core muscles after surgery {post csection, appendectomy, hernia surgery, etc.} don’t miss out on this home workout video great to add to your rehab exercises safe for diastasis recti. - #postpartum #recovery #healing #momlife #diastasisrecti #diastasis #fitmom #newborn #fitmomlife #fitmom #homefitness #abworkout #homeworkouts_4u #healthylife #healthylifestyle #coreworkouts #diastasisrecti #diastasis #diastasisrecovery #fit2b

In the video below that we filmed with guest expert Dr. Shannon Anhorn DC, you’ll discover how, starting with just a light touch, you can gently massage your scar and help those sensitive nerve endings adjust. Practicing self-massaging techniques, or asking a loved one or professional to do it for you, also serves to break up fascial adhesions that prevent the muscles from flexing the way they should.

Scar = Fascial Adhesion

The word “scar” is an everyday term for the external mark left after a deep wound. However, scars aren’t ever just skin deep. My surgeon who did my spine surgery told me to massage the surgical site on my neck every day once the wound healed to help prevent the scar tissue from spreading.

Long-term scar care includes:

If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This! - Fit2B.com - When you are working to strengthen core muscles after surgery {post csection, appendectomy, hernia surgery, etc.} don’t miss out on this home workout video great to add to your rehab exercises safe for diastasis recti. - #postpartum #recovery #healing #momlife #diastasisrecti #diastasis #fitmom #newborn #fitmomlife #fitmom #homefitness #abworkout #homeworkouts_4u #healthylife #healthylifestyle #coreworkouts #diastasisrecti #diastasis #diastasisrecovery #fit2b

Self-massaging one’s scar can be daunting for many. The very thought of touching a place that some {not all} associate with failure, ugliness, and weakness can leave them in tears. As you watched the video, though, I hope you’ll notice how this is about self-care, and while it may be uncomfortable at first, the payoff is huge in terms of increased mobility and less discomfort in daily life. 

Massage your tummy, taking it one tender touch at a time.

One stroke over color and texture that varies from the skin tone around it. 
One tender motion that begins to both blend and separate, bringing life and sensation back to the numb places. And then next time, you’ll find courage to go the other way, and maybe a bit deeper.
 
And you might cry.
You might feel angry.
You might feel loss all over again.
 
Because that might have been the things you felt the last time that area was touched — and it’s still there, real and raw. But it must heal, my friend. Because you must heal. 
Those tight places must be unwound. Those adhesions must be crackled apart so the layers can begin gliding again.
If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This! - Fit2B.com - When you are working to strengthen core muscles after surgery {post csection, appendectomy, hernia surgery, etc.} don’t miss out on this home workout video great to add to your rehab exercises safe for diastasis recti. - #postpartum #recovery #healing #momlife #diastasisrecti #diastasis #fitmom #newborn #fitmomlife #fitmom #homefitness #abworkout #homeworkouts_4u #healthylife #healthylifestyle #coreworkouts #diastasisrecti #diastasis #diastasisrecovery #fit2b

You can start with gentle motions that don’t require you to see or touch anything. Just breathing and engaging. Then those gentle motions create some strength and awareness and connection. Using a paintbrush at first may help, and if you experience a big emotional release, try our free Grief Routine.

With science now revealing that there are more nerves coming out of our gut than our brain, and the discovery of lymphatic vessels that go directly from brain to gut, we cannot deny how trauma to the area can affect us mentally, emotionally, socially, even spiritually.

If you haven’t considered The Tummy Team as a resource for your core healing journey, I strongly recommend you check out their comprehensive, holistic online programs for ab rehab, Cesarean prep, birth education, and more!

“Just had my first C-section scar massage and wow! I was so scared but for no reason, I am feeling nerves firing in that area that I haven’t felt for 9 months! Almost in tears right now, an area that felt so dead and weak is coming back to life! Just had to share! Can’t explain it properly but that area felt “dead” and now it is beginning to come alive again and I think the emotional healing from that alone will be huge!” —Fit2B Member, Josie L.

If you absolutely cannot touch your belly, let alone connect with it in any way, seek a massage therapist who can give you the confidence to know how and where to start while helping you feel safe.

How the belly can carry so much emotion never ceases to amaze me, motivating me to continue providing more education and strategic, safe fitness methods that people can use at home.

Some have told me that going through abdominal rehab and doing the self-massage on their scars FEELS like they’re breaking all over again.

Two tummy massage videos and a powerful testimony from Fit2B Member, Josie L.

Yet there is beauty in brokenness — to the point that King David wrote in Psalm 51 that our Creator doesn’t want our burnt offerings, but our broken hearts — because that’s where the work of changing glory is done.

Oh but it’s hard to go there knowing that, isn’t it? It’s hard to lay down and let our hesitant hands flutter to the place that feels broken and damaged. So here is another whisper of hope for you:

You aren’t damaged goods.

Your diastasis doesn’t make you ugly.

You aren’t a failure.

Your stitched up stomach is still sexy — maybe more so, because scars are cool, right? Your belly tells of miracles — daily and monthly and yearly — many of which happen without our bidding: digestion, menstruation, reproduction, ambulation … yes, walking! It’s a miracle how walking uses our core so well and thoroughly!

And you don’t think less of your mate for their marks and malignments. They are aging along with you. Their body tells a story with its map of lines and wrinkles and topographical dimples just like yours … and just like you treasure the body of your loved one, they treasure yours!

How to massage your abdominal scar -- Fit2b.com

Many thanks to Dr. Shannon & Alice

I absolutely love Dr. Shannon, who has contributed to our Experts on Diastasis ecourse. She has often tended my whole family when we have needed chiropractic care, and she always gets to the root of the problem, emphasizing that it’s not about the “pop” but about pursuing motion in all our joints.

The lovely model is none other than my long-time friend and co-founder’s wife, Alice Behnke. She has some amazing scars on her belly because it’s been through a lot, including emergency appendectomy!

Alice used to be embarrassed by her belly, but now she sees it as a strong place that can be used to help other women.

Alice writes this gorgeous blog and usually does my hair and makeup for Fit2B workout shoots. She also sets up most of our backgrounds for filming, arranging the fireplace mantels and bookshelves in our beautiful backdrops.

I have to say it was pretty neat to have Alice come out from behind the scenes. She’s as beautiful on camera as she is in real life, and I’m honored to call her my friend. I’m so grateful that Alice and Dr. Shannon were able to connect in Bend, Oregon to film this uberhelpful and insightful video!

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I hope you found this video helpful, and I hope you’ll consider Fit2B as a resource for all your belly-strengthening needs as we’re home to over 200 exercise videos and 12 fitness courses. Meanwhile, has scar massage helped you in any way? What are your tips for others who are worried about trying it?

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