ScarWork is a specialised gentle manual treatment, similar to scar massage, to help patients with scar tissue, fibrosis, adhesions and change in tissue health following surgery and radiotherapy. Sharon Wheeler, an American therapist, developed these techniques over the last 40 years and now teaches around the world. ScarWork treatment is a gentle manual therapy which means that treatment is always given within the clients comfort levels.
ScarWork can be used on surgical scars, burns or accidents
Scars can have a great impact on connective tissue dysfunction, muscle impingement, muscle atrophy or trapped and irritated nerves
After an accident, surgery or burn, the body will start healing itself as quick as it can but within this process it will start producing scar tissue for "stability". It’s primary response is to seal the wound to prevent infection so it doesn’t carefully redefine the layers of tissue, or replicate the organisation or structure of the skin, connective tissue and muscle in it's replacing. This means that the different layers under the skin can get stuck together. These adhesions can restrict mobility and function of the affected and surrounding area. Over time these restrictions will be the start of compensation patterns as the body needs to adapt to the new reduced movement available. Such adaptions can cause increased tension in certain areas of the body and also weakness in others as functionality decreases.
The intention behind ScarWork is to improve the feel, health and function of the scarred area and the surrounding tissue also to encourage and enhance the movement available between all structures involved.
Scarwork can stimulate the area and encourage further natural healing to occur including stimulating damaged nerves that cause numbness or hypersensitivity. In terms of the visual aspect, scars can appear lighter, smaller, flatter, faded and softer.
What type of scars could be treated with ScarWork?
There are a few exceptions in terms of the types of scars that can be worked on, including Keloid scars. If you have had abdominal surgery and are aware that a mesh has been fitted, direct work over that area is unsuitable.
If you are unsure please check with your GP or consultant if you can safely have any massage treatment for your scar.
A few examples of scars that can be treated using ScarWork therapy are:
Gall bladder removal
DIEP flap surgery
Road traffic accident
Open heart surgery
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Anca is a fully qualified Sports Massage and Remedial Therapist, Pregnancy Massage Therapist and a Myofascial Release Practitioner, Dip. SMRT BTEC L5, NLSSM, MSMA.
She studied at the prestigious North London School of Sports Massage and is a full member of the Sports Massage Association and the Association for Soft Tissue Therapists.
Anca always tries to find a way to share a small part her knowledge with her clients and educate them about their bodies for the purpose of preventing injuries or aches and pains.
She's also an assistant tutor at NLSSM, dividing her time between teaching and treating a range of individual clients as well as working with professional associations such as World Cup Rugby and American Football teams.
Why Our Clients Choose Us
Appointments available from 7am - 9pm weekdays and weekends from 10am - 5pm
We always provide a consultation before your treatment to make sure we choose the right methods to help you
Treatments are only £60 per hour
We will provide you with a full aftercare exercise programme including video tutorials
Professional, Affordable ScarWork Therapy in
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
★★★★★ Went to see anca with back/muscle pain and got an appointment at very short notice on a Sunday :) Anca is very professional and took time to understand my problem area's and history of pain before starting treatment.
The massage was firm and she always made sure i was comfortable and wasn't causing any additional pain. After the session she followed up with email and some stretching videos to help relieve the pain and hopefully prevent it. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back if i need her again.
★★★★★ Professional, knowledgeable and very good at her job. Nice clean comfy house and she puts you at ease. After one session I have noticed a difference, with some handy exercises that show straight away what a professional eye can achieve. Highly recommend.
★★★★★ My first appointment with Anca was fantastic. Getting to her was easy as was parking and her house and treatment room were spotlessly clean and modern. She identified a number of trouble areas that needed attention in a very thorough and detailed consultation and proceeded give very deep, focussed massage and stretching on these areas that was spot on. However, she always made sure I was comfortable and that nothing was too painful, but wow it really did feel like she was solving lots of problems that had been lingering for ages! She just seemed to know instinctively where the tight spots were - and I had lots of them. To top it off, I already have some exercises to try at home we practised in the session and she followed up the meeting with an email with video links to follow too. As others have said, she's very personable, friendly, intelligent and professional and is clearly an expert at what she does. The time flew by - I'll be returning myself and can highly recommend her to anyone suffering from back or muscle problems.
★★★★★ Anca was great! She was very thorough and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. She explained everything to me too and gave me follow up exercises to do. She has a lovely, calm manner and used the perfect amount of pressure during the massage. I will see her regularly and would definitely recommend her!
★★★★★ I had a first single session with Anca yesterday and, having had a few sports massages in my time, it was a really good experience. Anca spent a lot of time trying to understand the nature of the problem - some therapists more or less jump straight in - and she was careful as well as firm. The place was easy to find & park at, and inside was clean & professional. Recommend.
★★★★★ Having had dozens of physio massage and medical massage by various professionals , my opinion is that ancu is a tallented natural ,with highly developed sensory acuity to the, body and the abnormalities present ,which are the pain causing triggers..
I slept like a log ,and was able to do so on my left side ,first time in yearsðŸ˜Š without the pain building up.
Best treatment ive had by far 10/10.
★★★★★ First appointment with Anca today and I can highly recommend her, very professional yet friendly. I'm pleased to say I've noticed a difference already :)
★★★★★ Anca provided a very good massage and helped me with my back pain instantly. Anca has a very friendly nature and this makes the experience very relaxed.
★★★★★ Went to see Anca for the first with a stiff back from rugby and found her to be very knowledgeable and professional. She talked through all the problems affecting my back plus an old hip and shoulder injury and suggested solutions and stretches to help alleviate the symptoms and causes. She even emailed me over a program of stretching exercises to help me prevent more problems in the future.
I would thoroughly recommend Anca for anyone struggling with sports or just day to day aches and pains.
★★★★★ I have suffered with back and shoulder pain for years, I have a massage every now and then but nothing has compared to Anca. She is nothing short of a miracle worker! She is also very friendly and welcoming. I felt relaxed straight away. Lots of knowledge, very strong and completely at ease with what she is doing.
★★★★★ Anca is truly a pro at sports massage. From a combination of my work and all the sports I play I have had a lot of issues all over my body which she has expertly been able to identify and treat. As well as being extremely good, she is also very kind and is always in the mood for a good chat, there is never an awkward silence! I would recommend her to anyone!
★★★★★ Anca was very friendly and made me feel very relaxed. She was very helpful in helping me out with my sore shoulders and gave me stretches to help prevent future pain. She also gave me tips about my running and other stretches I can do. I would recommend her to anyone.
★★★★★ Anca is wonderful, full of energy, with a good sense of humour, but above all, a very fine masseuse. My shoulder and back haven't felt this good in years and its a pleasure to get such a rousing welcome from Baxter.
★★★★★ Very good experience, Anca is very helpful and knowledgable and goes out of her way to help you!
★★★★★ Anca was an absolute godsend when I pulled a muscle in my shoulder at the weekend. She was happy to give me an appointment within 90 minutes of me calling her and the treatment was first class.
A very friendly and enthusiastic person who really makes you feel at ease. I couldn't recommended her enough and wouldn't hesitate to book again.
★★★★★ Anca is both professional and highly personable. She worked hard to understand my ailments and even harder to rectify them. A very effective therapist.
★★★★★ Anca has very skilful hands and diagnosed my problem very quickly. Would recommend highly - excellent Sports massage! Very nice therapy room. Will definitely return.
★★★★★ Fantastic sports massage, very friendly, will definately be going back when i need another.
★★★★★ Anca is very professional and friendly, she made sure I am comfortable through the treatment and I felt very relaxed. She is passionate to help me and improve my condition, and she really did! I highly recommend her to my family and friends.
★★★★★ Just amazing! When i came to see Anca, i had problems with my mobility and suffered discomfort from my neck to my feet. She took her time, asked and listened, which isn't always the case with some places. I was a little stunned as i left, no pain or discomfort, just walked back to my car feeling perfect! Would recommend Orchard Sports to everyone, save yourself some time and money trying other places, book in with Anca.
★★★★★ I have now had several treatments with Anca for various sports injuries. From pulled calf muscles to locked neck muscles. She has dealt with them all successfully. Getting me back to my sport in the shortest time possible. She is a very intuitive therapist. Not only dealing with the injury itself but also any underlying problems that she can see. She can often see what the problem is before I tell her! She is extremely charming and puts you at ease from the outset. I highly recommend and Anca.
★★★★★ Anca was brilliant.. Excellent advise she gave and very knowledgeable.... Highly recommended....