Current research on burn-related scar tissue indicates that massage is effective in increasing mobility of previously immobile or restricted tissue. While there has not been a conclusive study on massage and mobility, early studies have been promising. Additional research recommends massage as part of an optimal scar modification technique.
There is a clear and consistent relationship between the effects and benefits of massage therapy and burn recovery. The importance of touch to recovering burn survivors cannot be overestimated. Over ten years of research has shown the importance and relevance of therapeutic massage for burn scars. Research has indicated not just psychological benefits but reduction in pruritus, improvement in range of motion, and significant reduction in pain.