Written By Kelly Furgal Toye. Originally published on her blog writeeatread.com
The past nineteen months have been challenging on so many levels for human beings around the world. The Pandemic is responsible for unleashing a lot of feelings from parents, elders, single folks, youth, and caregivers. For me, 2020 was also a year of raising a new baby during the early days of a global pandemic (while homeschooling a kindergartener) and adjusting to a new lifestyle with two kids at home. On top of worrying about what this scary virus meant for adults and kids alike, I was also worried about forgetting everything that comes with having a baby: how to take care of him, how to respond to his needs, how to figure out what he’s feeling, how much to feed him, and how to let myself recover from a c-section when all I wanted to do was move… but it turns out that:
Despite all the challenges faced this year, I did discover something to make my mama-life much easier: I discovered milk-duct therapy and c-section scar release therapy at Yoga Mamas in Toronto.
I had never heard of these innovative release sessions while in the postpartum period after my firstborn, and am always excited to try something new within the wellness sector to release pain and/or tension. It turns out that Yoga Mamas is the only clinic in Ontario specializing in c-section scar release therapy, so I feel lucky to have stumbled upon the news when they launched! New mamas have it hard enough, so having options like these treatments, among other innovative therapies offered at Yoga Mamas, help us cope and get healthy so we can focus on being the best mamas we can be.
I wanted to share my experience about my c-section scar therapy in today’s blog post because I think all women who experience the major surgery should consider treatment afterwards.
My physiotherapist was hands-on, friendly and welcoming. She explained how we would work on releasing the tension, pain and tissue behind the scar. In addition to a traditional physiotherapy assessment and treatment, she uses a set of two devices called the Dolphin. The Dolphin is a non-invasive, painless procedure that “bounces” a current between the two Dolphin devices. This creates an electrical “sewing needle” effect throughout the scar, and the entire length of the scar is treated during this procedure.
After my first session with the Dolphin, I felt an immediate release I didn’t know I needed. What I had initially thought were tiny, permanent knotted muscles or scar tissue underneath my point of incision, have now completely loosened and vanished. It was so strange to touch my lower abdomen and not feel a tightness I hadn’t known I had been holding on to. I was so happy I could cry.
The next appointment was just as successful. She used the Dolphin on my scar once again, and the release was immediate. She also gave me some great suggestions on how to work on building up my lower abs again, as a many parts of my body were overcompensating for the weakness caused by the surgery.
I am not the expert in this field, however, I am someone who believes in therapy and trying different methods to improve my health, and was open to this novel treatment.