Traumatic Scar Tissue Management, Therapeutic massage principles, practice and protocols by Nancy Keeney SMITH, Cathy RYAN
The management of scar tissue is a huge and growing problem for massage and other manual therapists. Many are afraid to deal with it but research has showed that appropriate massage treatment can have significant results both physically and psychologically. Existing books have chapters on the problem but there is no practical manual available on the subject at the present time which tells the therapist what to do (and what not to do). This book fills that gap, explaining the physiologic and pathophysiologic background, and providing practical guidance about how to help patients.
Nancy Keeney Smith is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist, and a Florida and NCTMB Provider of Scar Management Workshops. Nancy’s Working with Matured Scar Tissue workshop has been taught internationally to massage school students, LMT’s, PT’s and OT’s. Nancy is a member of the Associate Research Team at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida, founder and Director of The Happy Plus Foundation, member of the American Burn Association, the National Lymphedema Association. Her private practice in Gainesville, Florida includes treatment of burn survivors, clients battling cancer, mastectomy scar management, as well as others with traumatic scarring. Nancy consults with physical and occupational therapists on burn massage techniques and on developing a long-term protocol for scar management after care programs.
Catherine Ryan is a Canadian trained Registered Massage Therapist with over 20 years of clinical and Massage Therapy (MT) educator experience. Embracing a firm commitment to life-long learning, her extensive postgraduate roster includes training in various approaches to myofascial therapy and scar management. As a regularly featured writer for Massage Therapy Canada and RMT Matters Canada magazines – she may be best recognized for her fascia enthusiasm and voracious interest in all things massage therapy. Where MT is concerned, Cathy is never at a loss for words and is driven by a passion for the profession – co-authoring a book seemed a logical next step in her professional explorations!