Approaching Scar Tissue On The Cancer Patient

Date: Feb 12, 2022 - Feb 13, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

Rebecca Smith, LMT, LLCC

Lecture/Hands – On

CE hour TBD, NCBTMB / NY-certified
Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage
Contact: michael@catanyc.comto register

This workshop describes the processes of inflammation and tissue repair in normal wound healing and examines complications of healing such as fibrosis, delayed healing, and lymphedema, resulting from cancer treatment. Participants will review patient intake, design treatment strategies to address scar tissue and/or fibrosis, and learn and practice hands-on techniques designed to dis-adhere tissues and improve tissue pliability in postoperative cancer patients.

Students will demonstrate proficiency in the following hands-on techniques: multidirectional friction; skin rolling/lifting strokes; active and passive myofascial release techniques; positional release; and passive stretching.

Students will practice designing and implementing hands-on massage sessions targeting scar tissue for patients with a history of surgery to the trunk wall, abdomen or pelvis, head/neck, or extremities.

We will also practice and discuss positioning options for patients with scar tissue or the trunk, head/neck, abdomen, and/or pelvis.

Students will learn to list and describe the four stages of inflammation and tissue repair and the types of hands-on therapies appropriate at wound sites during each stage; to define fibrosis and describe its causes and consequences; to describe radiation therapy and the differences between external and internal RT; to recognize indications and contraindications for touch therapy at RT sites; to list conditions that delay tissue healing including lymphedema, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, infection, and implanted hardware, and describe the way that each can impact a massage therapy session; to describe the anatomical effects of common cancer surgeries; to ask questions specific to cancer patients with a history of surgery.

Rebecca Smith, LMT, LLCC, is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (LLCC), NCBTMB recognized oncology massage specialist, holding a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an AS in Occupational Sciences from the Swedish Institute in NYC.

In 2011 Rebecca joined NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center’s Integrative Health team as a Senior Massage Therapist and Senior Lymphatic Therapist, providing Lymph Drainage Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy treatments in the Integrative Health clinic and massage to patients during their chemotherapy infusions. In 2014, she was a collaborator in the initial creation of the Oncology Massage Training program, a founding faculty member after the program partnered with CATA in 2015, and served as the program’s Oncology Studio Director overseeing procedures and protocols. She joined Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service (2016-2020) as a specialty therapist addressing lymphedema, post-mastectomy pain syndrome, axillary web syndrome, radiation fibrosis, and post-mantle field sequelae.

Rebecca is a Managing Partner at Advanced Massage Specialty Group, Inc.  Her private practice, Body Craft Massage Therapy, PLLC, focuses on treating lymphedema and oncology patients during all stages of treatment and recovery.


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