The C-Section Recovery Center is geared specifically toward helping women that have had a Cesarean section (C-section) surgery in the past and are experiencing chronic pain and other symptoms such as neck or lowback pain, fatigue, TMJ, constipation, low libido, bladder leakage, plantar fasciitis and more.
The C-Section Recovery Center offers a unique brand of therapy based on years of experience and innovation called C-section Recovery Therapy (CSRT). This is not post-surgical treatment, where there are fresh scars and pain that can be logically tied to the healing process following the C-section procedure.
Rather, this work is for women that have had one or more C-sections and/or surgeries up to 40 or more years ago and are experiencing chronic physical pain anywhere in the body. John James is the founder of the center and works alongside craniosacral and lymph drainage specialist Lauren Cato Robertson in the first and only massage therapy treatment program in the world developed specifically to address C-section trauma, C-section Recovery Therapy.
James is a licensed massage therapist with more than 23 years of experience in practice. He began his career in the early 90s in physical therapy and sports medicine, but it was a John Barnes Myofascial Release class that changed the trajectory of his career and sparked his creativity in developing his own techniques.
Robertson is a licensed massage therapist and holds the distinction of certification through the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, through which she is currently seeking further board certification. She has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University, is currently a teaching assistant for both Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapy and Chikly Health Institute Lymph Drainage Therapy classes through the International Association of Healthcare Educators and is in the process of obtaining certifications in both modalities. James calls her “the professor.”
Together, the therapists have decades of experience and they now pass that experience on by training others in CSRT. Both continue to study, and conduct research through their work and professional development. They strive to educate others and teach clients something new in every session because they want to make sure that clients are getting exactly what they need to make lasting changes in their lives and live free from pain.
Prior to treatment, clients are evaluated to determine how CSRT might benefit them, then they are paired with a CSRT trained therapist based on the client’s needs and the therapist’s area of expertise. Most client can expect to see a mix of therapists and techniques during their treatment. “Regardless of how commonplace C-sections are, they are still major surgery, and thus quite traumatic both physically and emotionally and have lasting consequences”, says James.
Robertson points out, “We do not actively discourage anyone from having a C-section when it’s a medical necessity, and we’re certainly not here to take a stance on what women should or should not do in that situation; that’s a purely personal decision. We’re here to help them after the fact, to help them move forward with their lives, to be exceptional mothers and grandmothers who can play with their kids and grandkids without having to be on pain meds to live a normal life.”
As James and Robertson have witnessed firsthand, many women suffer for years or decades after having a C-section with chronic pain in the hips and lower back, pain or numbness around the incision, as well as incontinence, pelvic dysfunction and intestinal issues. The tissues in the area surrounding the incision are most vulnerable to the after effects of major pelvic surgery and are generally the first place where a women is at risk for developing chronic pain. However, James explains, “Long after the incision has healed, C-sections leave behind a significant buildup of scar tissue that acts like an internal tourniquet, entrapping nerves, disrupting vital lymphatic pathways, pulling on and causing imbalances in both hard and soft tissues. We call it the ‘tourniquet effect’, and it can ultimately lead to chronic symptoms anywhere in the body.”
In addition to more localized pain, the women we help often experience headaches, TMJ dysfunction, shoulder
or spinal problems, foot, knee and ankle problems and tightness of the abdomen, sometimes in the absence of any local symptoms. These problems may seem unrelated to the procedure, but according to a report published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 33 percent of women studied experienced chronic pain two years after bikini cut C-sections.
CSRT is unique to the C-Section Recovery Center and was developed in-house by James over many years of practice. It is used in conjunction with other advanced techniques in which James and Robertson have both trained extensively. Robertson notes, “Our treatment is painless because we never use unnecessarily deep pressure, which usually causes more harm than good.” And in addition to helping women get out of chronic pain, James says, “CSRT can also help women prepare for VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section).”
The C-Section Recovery Center is located at 3400 Silverstone Dr., Ste. 119, in Plano. A free phone consultation and flexible payment plans are available. A monthly open house is held for prospective clients. For more information, call: 972-332-5265 or visit CSectionRecoveryCenter.com