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Ep 349 - Post-Surgery Questions:"I Have a Client Who . . ."Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner

An image of a post-surgical scar located on the back.

Waaay back when I was in massage school…

We looked for one-size-fits-all answers to highly individualized questions.

That doesn’t work anymore!

In this episode we consider a number of questions about massage therapy for surgical patients—when, where, how, what, and more. Of course the answer is always “it depends”—but WHAT does it depend ON?


Pocket Pathology: /abmp-pocket-pathology-app

Hospital-Based Massage Therapy course:

Scar Tissue course with Cathy Ryan:

Traumatic Scar Tissue Management by Nancy Keeny-Smith and Catherine Ryan, published by Handspring/Singing Dragon:

A Doctor’s Note is Not Good Enough… and what is better”:

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Image of Ruth Werner.
Ruth Werner blue R & W logo.
Author Bio

Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP’s partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at And more information about her is available at