Scar tissue is the new tissue formed to replace damaged tissue at an injury site. It will often not have the same pigmentation or hair growth that the original tissue may have had and have a different appearance. The new tissue may also be tougher and less supple than the original tissue.
Massage is contraindicated in the first days of an injury, but can be used in sub-acute stages of healing. The skin must be intact before attempting massage. Massage can help to stimulate new tissue growth and reduce the tightness and pain of scar tissue. It can also restore some sensitivity to the area and improve scar appearance.