A multidisciplinary approach to scars: A narrative review

Emiliano Zanier, Bruno Bordoni

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Publication statusPublished - Aug 12 2015


  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Naturopathy
  • Osteopathy
  • Scar
  • Wound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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