Scar Mobilization Specialist

Bebe Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

The specialists at Bebé PT offer advanced scar mobilization techniques for women throughout the West Los Angeles, CA, area, helping gently break down scar tissue to facilitate tissue remodeling and promote the formation of new, healthy skin.


What causes scars?

Scars form as part of the body's natural healing process, when a fibrous type of tissue forms to close wounds and repair damage following an injury, which can include unexpected traumatic injuries like motor vehicle accidents or falls, as well as injury that occurs following surgery or another medical event, like giving birth. When most people think of scars, they think of those that appear on your skin. But scarring can also occur internally, on muscles, tendons, ligaments and even organs and bones.

What problems can scar tissue cause?

Because scar tissue is thicker and stiffer than normal tissue, it can cause restricted range of motion as well as a decrease in flexibility in the area where the scar develops. On the skin, of course, scars can also cause aesthetic issues.

What is scar mobilization?

Sometimes referred to as scar massage, scar mobilization is a method aimed at remodeling scar tissue to return the tissue to a more normal state to address mobility and flexibility issues. During treatment, several techniques may be used to gently break down scar tissue and enable remodeling to occur. These techniques can include:

  • transverse friction massage which uses strokes that go across the scar, perpendicular to the way the scar is running, to help encourage formation of healthy tissue

  • myofascial release to address the tissue that surrounds the scar

  • gentle stretching and flexibility exercises to help promote circulation and development of new, healthy tissue

Before scar mobilization takes place, your doctor will need to confirm that the healing process is complete to avoid re-injuring the area.

Can I massage a scar myself?

You can, but the scar mobilization technique requires a specific approach and should be performed by a professional. During your treatment, you can ask about techniques you can use at home between treatments to help encourage healing.

Insurance Providers

In an effort to make women's health physical therapy accessible and affordable, Bebé PT (now an Origin company) is a participating provider for hundreds of different health plans in California. Treatments are generally covered with a prescription from your OB/Gyn or any physician. If you don't have a prescription, we can send the physician a prescription on your behalf. Below is a list of the health plans for which we are in-network.

Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield of California
First Health
United Healthcare