How many fellow Moms out there have new or old c-section scars? If you're like me, you've probably never had it treated! The topic can be very sensitive for some Moms to talk about, and for many, they can't even look at or touch their incision, let alone have someone else see or touch it either.
Shortly after I had my daughter, I returned to my doctor because my incision felt "stuck". Even with bending backwards, I could feel it pulling inside of me and it was causing me pain. He informed me that the only way to release it, was to have more surgery, so I just left it and accepted it as a new part of me, and I have been dealing with the discomfort ever since.
Last year, I became a Registered Massage Therapist and with my new education, I tried applying many of the techniques I learned to my scar in hopes of releasing the area, but I still had no luck. My adhesions are just too deep, and because of this and the discomfort it was causing me, I started discussing the possibility of surgery with my partner. This is not something I truly wanted to do, and it really didn't feel right in my head, but I felt I had no other option.
I attended our annual massage conference this year and I took a course on neurostimulation. I had my c-section scar worked on for about 15 minutes with the Dolphin Neurostim, and I was absolutely blown away at the difference!!!!
For the first time in almost 13 years, my scar was looser! I could bend backwards without it pulling or causing pain and I could actually move it around! My mind was absolutely blown!
I was so impressed by the results, I bought one of the devices! I'm super excited to start using this on my clients and I can't wait to see the difference this makes in other people's lives!
So now, I'm trying to reach out to other people who are either dealing with a similar situation, or people who just have scars in general, so I can start making a difference in their lives too!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Jennifer McNorton RMT
Many of the clients I treat, come in with very similar posture presentations. With a world of technology constantly pulling us down, its very easy to understand why the head forward and rounded shoulder look is everywhere.
Massage Therapy can help with this issue, but the rest is up to you! Postural awareness throughout your day along with simple corrections and ques will help you achieve your greatest gain in your re-alignment.
Here is a quick video on a few little tips and tricks to help you achieve your postural goals. Make sure you're doing this within your comfort level and without pain. If you would like more guidance, click on the book now button or jump on my website and book an appointment.
Jennifer McNorton, RMT
Foam rolling is great, but are you doing it right?
On a daily basis, I hear that clients stop foam rolling either because of the pain or that they have never really been taught how to do it properly.
Foam rolling can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to postural chains/imbalances and lengthening muscles. Many athletes depend on foam rolling to maintain tension levels to help avoid pain and injury. But even if you're not an athlete, foam rolling is incredibly useful as home care! Many clients present with anterior pelvic tilts or shoulders that come forward(shoulder pronation). Along with massage techniques that are used to lengthen muscles, foam rolling can help gain that needed length quicker, which will help get you into a better balance faster.
For example, if your pelvis tilts forward, your knees most likely turn in a bit and you have a high chance of having flattened feet.
When your Quads are tight(or any muscle for that matter), they pull on their attachment points, and like any other pulley system, if you pull on one point, it'll effect the other attachment point - then down the chain it goes, effecting everything else that connects to that as well. Since your quads attach to the front of your pelvic bone(Ilium), they pull your Ilium forward when they're tight, which effects the distal attachment(just below your knee at the Tibial Tuberosity), which causes a rotation of your Tibia and directly effects your feet, causing the arch of your foot to flatten out. This can also cause a lot of low back pain as well as many other issues.
Check out this quick and informative video to teach you the basics on foam rolling. Hopefully this will give you different ideas on how to use your foam roller properly and with a bit less discomfort.