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DOES SCAR MASSAGE Image Source: WORK? By Drew Hume A range of health professionals are realizing the potential benefits of post-surgery scar massage and have begun recommending it to their patients. U nfortunately there is little credible scientific evidence to support its proposed benefits. These recommendations are generally based on anecdotal evidence and clinical experience (which cannot be discounted, though much less reliable than documented scientific literature). A review by Shin & Bordeaux highlights the widely varying protocols, low study numbers and poor scientific rigor present in many of the studies out there. Even with a lack of standardization across studies there were some notable benefits in functionality as well as in aesthetic appearance: A significant portion (45%) of all results within this review showed improvement in post-treatment range of motion, pruritus (itching) and pain. This included scars from surgery, burns and trauma. Within the post-surgical massage group specifically there was a significant increase in the clinical outcomes, with 90% of patients experiencing improvements in outcome measures. This suggests efficacy in postsurgical massage of scars. The data for burn scars and trauma is far more unreliable and inconsistent to draw too many conclusions. Beyond this there is a more substantial