Scar Tissue Management – with Cathy Ryan

Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Approved for 14 Core Competency credits

This course is limited to 22 participants

This is an in person course.

$579 + GST

$ 679+ GST


Regardless of trauma etiology (cancer treatment, burns, degloving, surgery, overuse) – a physiological or pathophysiological wound healing process will occur. This highly practical workshop is designed to support massage therapists (MTs) in their delivery of safe and effective care throughout the various stages of wound healing/scar formation and address issues that accompany pathophysiological scars for the purpose of achieving better patient outcomes. Skillfully applied and timely manual intervention can; augment a better healing process, temper detrimental outcomes associated with pathophysiological wound healing (e.g. fibrosis, prolonged edema, neural sensitivity), and address pain and dysfunction associated with problematic scars. This course highlights the scientific, technical and empathetic elements of massage therapy. The theoretical material provides an overview of the foundational science of wound healing and scar formation (normal and abnormal) and considerations for working with the target tissues and primary systems throughout the healing process and mature scar formation. The experiential component includes instructor demonstrations (a scar tissue patient is brought in whenever possible) and participant exchange.


Cathy Ryan, RMT

Cathy Ryan is a CMTBC Reg. Massage Therapist with a strong interest in patient-centered care, evidence informed practices and life-long learning. Over her 30 year career, Cathy has engaged in the profession in a variety of clinical, educational and leadership capacities. An established continuing education instructor, Cathy has presented at conferences internationally, in the areas of scar tissue management and myofascial pain and dysfunction, which also constitute her clinical practice focus. As a writer, Cathy is best known for her keen interest in fascia – she has written numerous articles featured in various industry publications, co-authored Traumatic Scar Tissue Management – Massage Therapy Principles, Practice and Protocols (Handspring 2016) and co-authored a Scar Tissue Management chapter in: Fascia, Function and Medical Applications (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis) due to publish summer 2020.

Registration opens on February 7, 2021! Please visit the MTAM’s Coming Events page to Register.

Cancellations made by March 25, 2022 receive a full refund. Cancellations made from March 26 – April 8, 2022 receive a 50% refund on the full cost of the course. No refunds will be given on cancellations made after April 8, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.