Scar desensitization is one of the sub-treatment modalities that our senior physiotherapists and hand therapists do for scar treatment and management, and is closely related with scar sensory re-education.
Scar desensitization refers typically to decreasing scar hypersensitivity; whereas sensory re-education is moreso to normalizing abnormal sensory perception.
What happens is with any injuries or surgical procedures, there is almost always scarring (scarring being a normal bodily healing process). With any surgery and incision, there is always superficial nerve ends that can be damaged, causing hypersensitivity and abnormal sensation - even mild brushes against cloth fibers or even accidentally scratching the scar can cause very sharp, jolting pain that lasts a split-second.
When the wounds heal and scar forms for the first time, the early scars can be very soft and pliable. However, as scar matures over time, the scar tissues may thicken and toughen due to more and more collagen fibers that are deposited in the wound / surgical site.
These collagen fibers are very strong and secure the healed wound, and that's great but there will be two scar-related superficial issues:
What our senior physiotherapists and senior hand therapists will do is to do targeted scar massage and management techniques that though a little uncomfortable, it will result in