Scar Tissue Management with Cathy Ryan

Sunday, April 26, 2020

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 pm

Approved for 7 Core Competency credits

Course is limited to 24 participants

$249 + GST

$324 + GST

Fee includes: Course handouts and lunch


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/primary
systems throughout the healing process and mature scar formation. The experiential component
includes instructor demonstrations and time for exchange to reinforce the learning.

Designed to be a rich learning experience, this workshop is delivered in a comprehensive, yet user friendly manner, infused with humor and loaded with easy to integrate, practical skills and knowledge!

Learning Outcomes
– Use knowledge of foundational science to inform clinical practice.
– Use knowledge of the process of wound healing/scar formation to inform clinical practice.
– Use knowledge of; the impact of pathophysiological scars on the patient, and clinical
considerations to inform clinical practice.
– Safely apply scar tissue assessment procedures and use assessment findings to inform clinical
– Select and safely apply appropriate scar management techniques (all stages of wound healing
and mature scars).


Cathy Ryan, RMT

Catherine Ryanis 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.

For more information and course approvals with other professional organizations please visit the Registration Page.


Cancellations made by March 25, 2020 receive a full refund. Cancellations made from March 26 – April 9, 2020 receive a 50% refund on the full cost of the course. No refunds will be given on cancellations made after April 10, 2020 at 4:30 pm