Debbie Gadd Scar Therapy

Welcome to my Website!

debbie gadd scar therapyI’m Debbie.  I trained as a massage therapist in 2015 and afterwards did training in deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage and cancer massage and later set up my Marula Tree Massage business.

It was when I did the cancer training, in May of 2019, that I realised the direction in which I wanted my therapy to go – I want to help people who are really struggling with major health issues such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and after strokes.

I came across the ScarWork TM through one of the other women on the cancer course and something just clicked in my head.  I immediately booked to do the course and from there I moved to the specialist course for Scars after Breast Cancer. Last year, in September, Sharon came to England and I attended her 2-day refresher course through Jan Trewartha, of Body in Harmony. I have now also completed Emma Holly’s online course “Understanding Scars” which starts with understanding the complex healing process initiated by the cell’s, right through fascia and skin, skeletal and muscular systems, infections, adhesions; along with many published medical papers and signposting to other interventions that can be used.

The massage helps with cancer, Parkinson’s and stroke, and the scar therapy is a line of its own plus it ties in nicely with the cancer work. Happy Days.

Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork ™

A form of scar therapy, developed by American therapist Sharon Wheeler. It’s a very gentle treatment, that is given without oils or creams, to help post operative, accident or burn scars. Sharon has been teaching ScarWork for over 40 years, travelling around the world to show people how effective this therapy is for relieving tight, lumpy and bumpy, stuck, red and thick scars. Many people have felt the difference that the therapy has made to their scars and also to areas of their body that they hadn’t realised had been seriously impacted by their scar. Unfortunately the majority of surgeons and doctors will tell their patients that nothing can be done with their scars – live with it – when that is not the case.

Do you have a scar that is tight, lumpy, bumpy, puckered, numb, feels funny, ugly, dippy, red, raised, stuck or causes any other problems? Is your scar new or 20 years old? Has your doctor, or surgeon, told you that really nothing much can be done and you will just have to live with it?
ScarWork™ is used to soften the scar, release tightness, ease redness and assist with any adhesions into the underlying tissue after injury, surgery or burns. Why does it work? There is no definite idea but much empirical evidence exists that it does. ScarWork™ has been developed over the last 40 years by an American, Sharon Wheeler. Originally Sharon trained with Ida Rolf and since then has been training other therapists and teaching her amazing techniques.
These images show the scar before treatment and after 2 x 40-minute sessions.
Everything in the body is inter-connected through the fascia. The fascia is our spider web that runs through and over everything inside of you. Imagine a spider’s web in your garden, attached to the leaves of a tree, the fence and other branches. If you pull one side of the web, there is give and take across the whole web which helps to balance everything out. Someone takes a pair of scissors (scalpel) and cuts through the web. Now, when you pull on one side of the web there is an area of no connection to the other areas and so normal functioning is affected. This is what happens to the fascia during surgery, injury or burns – the normal ‘give and take’ of the tissues is affected. If there is a problem in one area it will transfer, through the fascial network, into other areas and cause problems over there.
What are adhesions? Adhesions join tissues that shouldn’t be joined and so they restrict the range of movement in a limb or interfere with the functioning of organs. We see this often with women who have had Caesarean sections or hysterectomies and then find they are having incontinence problems or pain during sexual intercourse. Once we start to loosen the adhesions, clients often find that movement and general body function improves. ScarWork™ is very gentle and should never cause pain; if it does, I change the way I’m working. When doing ScarWork™, the bigger picture of you is treated, not just the scar. I look at the whole body, not just the scar, because the Whole of You has been affected by the surgery or injury, including emotional effects i.e. what has shifted emotionally for you. My other business can be found here :
Photo accreditation Jan Trewartha and © Handspring Publishers Limited 2020 Photos are taken from the book "Scars, Adhesions and the Biotensegral Body. Science, Assessment and Treatment" by Jan Trewartha and Sharon L Wheeler. Scars, Adhesions and the Biotensegral Body
We'll go through your consultation form, when I arrive, then have a look at the scar and photograph it so that we can see any imbalances, lines of pulling and talk about what bothers you about the scar or what you would like to ease in the tissue. I then spend about 45 minutes working (depends on the scar) and will then finish with approximately 15 minutes of massage for relaxation. We'll then photograph the scar to document any changes that may have occurred
Abdominal scars - cholecystectomy (vertical) and appendectomy scars Before and After 1 hour of ScarWork (TM).
Surgery scars, injury scars, keyhole surgery scars, drain-site scars, burn scars – any type of scar.
I can work on scars from 10 weeks post-surgery to 20 or 30 years afterwards – a difference can still be made – but it is better if we can start work on it as soon as possible.
The photos of the foot - Before with distortion of the toes and After 2 treatments, toes are straighter. Photograph Sarah Strong and © Handspring Publishers Limited 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes scars?

A scar is a mark that indicates the skin’s attempt to heal itself. When damage to the skin’s top layer occurs, cells quickly multiply to form new cells to fill in the gap. When a wound goes deeper into the underlying skin tissue, cells that form collagen are stimulated and they fill in the gap, producing abundant fibrous connective tissue. If the density of this new tissue is relatively small, it is usually replaced by normal a skin layer over time. When the mass of new tissue is extensive, it is associated to cell damage and the fibrous tissue remains.

Do some people scar worse than others?

Genetic factors are believed to play a role in the scarring process. Certain ethnic groups – Asians, Latinos and blacks – may have a predisposition to form more prominent scars, such as keloid or hypertrophic scars..

What are hypertrophic and keloid scars?

These are scars that have healed with an excessive buildup of collagen, causing them to be thick, raised and sometimes darker than your surrounding skin. A hypertrophic scar won’t grow beyond the initial injury or incision site and may resolve on its own over time. A keloid scar may grow larger than the injury site and continue to grow without treatment. Keloids may also remain itchy and uncomfortable..

Why did my scar turn white?

New scars are red or purple in color as a result of damaged blood vessels and inflammation. These are hyperpigmented scars. Older scars are usually white in color or hypopigmented as a result of inflammation and damage to blood vessels and loss of pigment-producing cells.

I am unable to travel, can you make home visits?

I am based in Fleet, Hampshire, and am willing to travel within a 15-minute radius of Fleet. Home visits can be pre-arranged however there may be an additional charge based on distance; you are welcome to come to me if you prefer. Call or email me to discuss further.

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