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Understanding the Impact of C-Section Scars on Core Stability and Back Pain

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According to the March of Dimes, roughly 30% of babies born in the U.S. are delivered via Cesarean section. While many women are scheduled for C-sections for medical reasons or due to emergencies, increasingly, women without medical necessity are asking for C-sections.

Turns out, no matter how old the C-section scar may be, the aftereffects are far-reaching and can significantly impact a woman's overall well-being. It may seem incomprehensible, but C-section scars can have a tremendous negative influence on health, including:

  • Decreased core stability
  • Low back pain,
  • Hip pain
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Even pain in the lower legs and knees
  • Shoulder/neck pain
  • Affecting movement patterns
  • Decreased strength
  • Problems with core strength and fitness

A C-section is a major abdominal surgery, and many women do not know the risk factors and long-term implications of the procedure. 

Let's dive in to explore how scars caused by delivery via Cesarean vs natural birth can influence these aspects of a woman's health and discuss the importance of scar tissue release therapy, including innovative MPS Therapy with Dolphin Neurostim device.

The Hidden Impact of C-Section Scars

You may wonder how a relatively small scar, averaging 4"- 6" in length, perhaps decades old, can take such a toll on back, hip, or core health.

And the answer lies in understanding the intricate connections and synchronicities within our bodies that are too often overlooked.

Most surgeons perform surgical delivery using a transverse incision (a horizontal cut just above the pubic bone). While every effort is made to avoid cutting through muscle tissue, they may inadvertently sever fascia and other vital connections. Fascia plays an integral role in the body, and in this area, its connective tissue extends well into the anterior thigh and interconnects the hips and legs.

The surgical incision takes a toll on areas essential to maintaining pelvic stability, core strength, and optimizing intra-abdominal pressure. Having adequate intra-abdominal pressure is vital to effective core stabilization. Sadly enough, scars caused by Cesarean vs natural birth can disrupt these areas critical to core stabilization and have an enormous impact on the function of the diaphragm.

The Consequences of Scar-Induced Dysfunction

Unfortunately, a C-section scar can severely impede the proper functioning of core, hip, back, and leg muscles. Add to that -- the loss of intra-abdominal pressure leads to compromised core and back stability, contributing to chronic back and hip pain. Additionally, it commonly plays a role in pelvic floor issues such as incontinence.

Surprisingly, the effects of scars caused by major abdominal surgery (Cesarean) during childbirth can even extend to shoulder pain, as the body naturally attempts to compensate for the loss of abdominal strength by engaging other muscles and adopting poor movement patterns. This overcompensation and dysfunctional movement pattern can lead to a cascade of issues that affect overall well-being.

C-section Scar Release: Client Success Story

To illustrate this point, consider the case of a client who had undergone a C-section 25 years ago. Despite her very active lifestyle, which included regular gym workouts, yoga, and Pilates classes, she suffered from chronic back pain, especially during walking. During her evaluation, it became clear that her core and back muscles were not functioning optimally despite her dedicated core workouts.

As a result of a thorough examination, it was evident that her C-section scar was inhibiting her core muscles, causing them to shut down. Her back muscles were overcompensating, leading to pain and discomfort. To address this issue, a holistic approach was taken, and the client received:

Remarkably, after just a few sessions, her back pain resolved entirely. She had been utterly unaware that her surgical childbirth experience contributed to her back pain and core weakness.

How Scar Tissue Release Therapy Can Help

One practical approach to addressing the impact of C-section scars on overall health is scar tissue release therapy. This therapy focuses on releasing the adhesions and restrictions that can develop in scar tissue to restore proper movement and functionality to the affected area. Dolphin microcurrent stimulation therapy is one innovative technique used in scar tissue release therapy. Time and again, I have witnessed miraculous outcomes for clients receiving this game-changing treatment.

Microcurrent point stimulation therapy is a revolutionary, non-invasive, and gentle method that relies on low amplitude direct current to stimulate tissue healing and address inflammation. The Dolphin Neurostim applied to post-surgical scars caused by Cesarean section breaks down adhesions, stimulates improved blood circulation, and influences the healing of damaged tissue. This therapy can be exceptionally effective in releasing the fascial restrictions caused by C-section scars and results in the restoration of healthy movement patterns and reduction of pain.

Ready to Consider How Your C-Section Scar May Be Impacting Your Health? 

Most women never consider the impact of C-section scars as a potential source of health issues. Having read this article, you now know that even decades-old scars can disrupt core stability, lead to back and hip pain, and contribute to other musculoskeletal problems. Recognizing the power of scar tissue release therapy, including innovative techniques like Dolphin microcurrent point stimulation therapy, can be life-changing for women who struggle with issues of previously unknown origin.

If you've had a C-section and are experiencing back, hip, or leg pain, seeking professional guidance is critical.

You can regain strength and improve your overall health with scar tissue release therapy!

I'd be happy to assess your situation and provide you with the support you need to live the pain-free and active life you deserve. Addressing your C-section scar may be the means to unlocking a healthier and happier you.

To your health!

Martha Tassinari

Martha Tassinari

Martha graduated from Northeastern University, in Boston Massachusetts, with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1994 and later studied Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial release and Neurokinetic Therapy. She is a lung cancer survivor and is passionate about helping women heal physically, emotionally, and energetically. In addition, she is a life coach and empowers others to take charge of their health and self-care so they can have more energy, decrease stress, implement healthy boundaries, and live life with more freedom, peace, and joy. Feel free to check out her life coaching services at https://www.marthatassinari.com/
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