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A multidisciplinary approach to scars: a narrative review

Authors Zanier E, Bordoni B

Received 3 May 2015

Accepted for publication 5 June 2015

Published 12 August 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 359—363

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S87845

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Emiliano Zanier,1,2 Bruno Bordoni1,3

1AITOP (Accademia Italiana Terapia Osteopatica Posturale), Castelvetro (MO), Italy; 2EdiAcademy, Milan, Italy; 3Department of Cardiology, Santa Maria Nascente Institute IRCCS, Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, Milan, Italy

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to carry out a narrative review regarding the approach to scars through complementary and alternative medicine focusing on osteopathy, naturopathy, and other minor methods and traditional rehabilitative medicines, such as physiotherapy and manual therapies. We analyzed the existing literature regarding the possible influences of techniques relaxing the diaphragm – both manual and psychophysical relaxing techniques – and the consequent local response to events leading to scar tissue healing. The objective of the study is to become a useful instrument of knowledge for those manual therapists and professionals who deal with patients affected by discontinuity of the skin surface due to trauma or surgery. This article also intends to stimulate research in order to find and propose new methods of scar treatment, taking into consideration the information gained so far from other complementary and alternative disciplines.

Keywords: scar, wound, complementary and alternative medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy

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