Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage
This course syllabus covers all topics in the course. Please seek clarification from Kathleen Lisson should you not understand any portion of it. To see the pre-class document, please click or tap here.
COURSE TITLE/NUMBER: Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage
CREDIT HOURS/UNITS: 3 hours
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION: Kathleen Lisson
9921 Carmel Mountain Rd. #300 San Diego, CA 92129 USA
PREREQUISITES: Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist
REQUIRED BOOK: None
After the Cut, Nicole Psomas
Cooling for Lymphedema, Jean Yzer
Deep Tissue Sculpting : A Technical and Artistic Manual for Therapeutic Body
Work Practitioners, Carole Osborne-Sheets
Foldi’s Textbook of Lymphology, M. Foldi & E. Foldi
Foundations of Manual Lymph Drainage, M.Foldi
Kinesio Taping, Kenzo Kase
Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook, Kathleen Lisson
CLASS MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT
STUDENTS: Writing paper, Pencils/Pens, Books
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage class will familiarize students with applications of massage and bodywork therapy for specific needs of the post-plastic surgery client.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of plastic surgery procedures as well as massage modalities and client self-care techniques that can help patient recovery.
LEARNING OUTCOME: Students will demonstrate familiarity with popular plastic surgery procedures, including their side effects and how massage can benefit client recovery.
Describe popular plastic and orthopedic surgery operations
Discuss symptoms and experiences of patients after plastic surgery
List and describe the stages of wound healing
List and describe which modalities are most effective at different stages of wound healing
Describe modalities and client self-care actions that can reduce swelling and other side effects of surgery
Explain contraindications to post-surgery massage
Discuss continuing education options with the class
Select resources that you can pass on to your clients
EVALUATION OF OBJECTIVES:
Attendance, participation in discussion and a quiz are used to assess student knowledge and skills
Class Participation –
-Interaction with Instructor and others.
-Follows instructor’s instructions during the sessions.
-Remains attentive, alert and awake during lectures.
-Actively participates in discussions.
In class assignments –
-Each student must complete a quiz.
Pass / Fail. A passing grade is based on quiz score.
LEARNING STYLES SUPPORT:
Students are encouraged to read and watch the pre-course work before class begins.
All electronic devices must be turned off during class unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. You may need to have your phone on during class in case of an emergency. In most instances however, all cell phones must be turned off. The use of electronic devices in class is permitted in certain instances including the use of a laptop, iPad or cell phone for note taking purposes.
No part of the class may be reproduced, transmitted or published in any form or by any means, electronic, recording, photocopying or otherwise without permission of the instructor.
Payment must be made in full within one (1) week prior to the workshop start date.
Kathleen Lisson reserves the right to cancel a workshop up to 2 weeks prior to the date. Please do not book airline tickets until you have confirmed with Kathleen Lisson that your workshop is being held. Kathleen Lisson will not be held responsible for airline ticket penalties, interruptions of travel or hotel expenses. Please ensure that Kathleen Lisson has your correct email address and phone number. Please contact Kathleen Lisson at 619-880-6538 if your contact information has changed.
Tuition is fully refundable up to 15 days prior to start of workshop. Partial (50%) tuition is refundable if cancelled before one (1) week prior to workshop; NO refund if cancelled after one (1) week prior to start of workshop. If you are just making a deposit and not paying in full, the deposit is subject to the Cancellation/Refund Policy. Please make refund requests in writing to: Kathleen Lisson 9921 Carmel Mountain Rd. #300 San Diego, CA 92129. No refunds will be issued for books or other supplies purchased for the class.
Introduction and Course Objectives
Writing and Discussion:
What are YOUR course objectives? Write them down on the feedback form
What are your current Knowledge, Skills and Attitude about this type of massage therapy?
What questions will your clients ask you during their sessions? (How do you already connect with a client and engage them in their healing process?)
Lay of the Land
Who am I?
What is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic and orthopedic operations I would like to learn more about.
Where are clients getting messages about plastic surgery and recovery options? – RealSelf, Social Media, Coaches/Concierges, traditional Media, TV shows and books, friends and celebrities, advertisements
Black glove videos
What is the most important outcome of liposuction?
What are your impressions of plastic surgery and why do you want to help these clients?
We will use your prior knowledge and build on your experience to help these clients
We will work with real-life problems I have seen in my clients
Revision Liposuction with no foam or garment assigned by surgeon
Lumps and unevenness after fat harvesting for breast reconstruction surgery
Limited ROM after abdominoplasty, arm liposuction and 360 liposuction
Lumps and bumps after liposuction (from 3 weeks out to years after surgery)
Can you perform post-surgery massage?
How is it different from body contouring?
Is it in your scope of practice?
Are you trained?
What are the benefits of applying:
Pressure (positive and negative)
Heat / Cold
Discuss ‘sample’ client – one student gives a synopsis of a patient journey they have heard of (friend, story online).
Include: Operation performed, difficulties in recovery, how it was resolved.
Important point – we will also hear these emotions from our client. How should we respond?
What is swelling?
What does swelling look like? What does it feel like? Where does it come from?
How can we treat swelling?
What do you do to treat swelling?
What does a swelling only session look like?
Reducing Lumps, Bumps and Fibrosis
Have you seen lumps, bumps and fibrosis in clients?
How can we treat lumps, bumps, fibrosis?
Key Idea – Use several of these techniques at once
Key Idea – Positive /Negative Pressure, Friction
Key Idea: Heating &/or Cooling
Key Idea: Add ROM Exercise to Treatment
Key Idea: Compression Massage Machines
Key idea: Vibration
Key Idea – Compression
Key Idea – Measure Progress
Zones of Adherence
But does it really work?
Have you used positive/negative pressure, friction, vibration, ROM exercises, heating/cooling, massage machines on clients?
What other techniques might work?
Untested ideas – wood therapy, bamboo massage?
Reducing pain and increasing ROM
How can you reduce pain / increase ROM?
Wound and Scar Healing
How can we optimise the patient’s self care? Reinforce surgeon’s recommendations.
What types of massage are best for different stages?
What about Seroma, eschar, necrosis?
How can you support client’s wound healing?
How can you support activity after surgery?
Self-care and Holistic Healing
How can you support client emotionally after surgery? Is this something you want to do as a massage therapist? Do you have experience with Motivational Interviewing?
Similarities / differences with compression for lymphedema?
Positioning and Draping
What are your positioning tips?