We often assume if something hurts we should leave it alone. But that is not always the case, especially when it comes to scars.
Scars are often sensitive because the new regenerated nerves need a bit of re-education.
Nerve endings are there to protect us and they do that by sending signals to the brain which then produce pain. Nerves in a scar can sometimes be a bit too enthusiastic and send too many pain signals to the brain. Pressure from clothing, rough fabrics or touch can all be interpreted as a potential threat and the nerves respond with pain. Of course, these types of touch are not dangerous and so we need to educate the nerves to not respond to such things. We can do this through massage and touch. The more we do this the more the nerves learn that these types of touch are normal.
Claire is a women's health and sports Physiotherapist. She is the owner of Spring Physio and is based in East Sussex.