Q: I just had a client receive a second c-section. She had 24 hours of back
labor, contractions 2 minutes apart from 2 cm on. The doctor commented when
he was repairing her that she had massive amounts of scar tissue from her
previous section and we all concluded that the scarring may have played a
factor in the baby being persistent posterior and unable to fully engage.
She's very hopeful of attempting another VBAC homebirth next time around
and would like further advice on reducing scar tissue. Any suggestions?
A: I have just come across information about a physical therapy/ massage
group in Florida that is using "site specific" massage to treat pelvic pain
and adhesions in the reproductive tract. Women who had been previously
infertile due to adhesions, blocked tubes, etc. were getting pregnant after
being treated. The web site for more information is www.clearpassage.com.
They will respond to email questions and send out more information. I wish
I had heard of it before going through in vitro. Sounds like a non-invasive
alternative worth looking into.
A: First, in regard to the scar tissue, good quality, abundant nutrients
are needed for her body to heal all the traumatized tissues. That should
come from whole foods and/or whole food supplements. You will most probably
not get the results you are looking for from processed, incomplete
vitamin/mineral preparations and foods.
Second, the back labor and persistent malposition of the baby may be due to
distortions in the pelvis and/or low back. When that bony support system
isn't correct, it may cause baby to prefer a certain position. Plus, those
distortions may very well be interfering with the proper function of the
nerve system, which is absolutely essential for mom's body to do its job
properly during labor. Having a well adjusted spine and pelvis is very
Dawn Bush, chiropractor
A: Apply comfrey salve directly to the incision site. Comfrey has long been
known in indigenous cultures as "Bone Knit." It rapidly heals tissue on a
cellular level. With calendula, lavender and echinacea added, it will
reduce scar tissue and heal the site quickly.
A: To improve scar tissue, therapies like deep massage, rolfing or best,
osteopathy, give really good results.
A: Vitamin E has been shown to have excellent results on scar tissue, even
old scars. (Use topically and orally) Also, adequate essential fatty acids
such as evening primrose oil help soften such tissue, especially in the
A: Licensed massage therapists (LMT) trained in neuro-muscular therapy
(NMT) are trained to do organ massages, which can, if done right, reduce
scar tissue. Not all LMTs are trained in NMT, so you need to ask if they
are, and what method they have been trained in. To find one in your area
you can call (888) NMT-HEAL or (800) 232-4NMT.
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