Case Study Guidelines
We do not provide a template for your case studies.
Instead we give you the freedom to present your work in a creative and imaginative way.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL case studies should describe work upon visible scars - from surgery or a trauma wound.
Cases that describe work upon fibrous tissue, with no visible scarring, will be rejected.
ONLY visible scars and any surrounding underlaying scar tissue are permitted for your case study submissions.
These guidelines may help you in preparing your case studies to complete your MSTR course work.
When completed send ALL FIVE case studies as either a PDF or Word doc. file to your instructor.
If files are too large send them via a Dropbox link or Transfer XL.
The following details should be included:
Age and sex of client
History of the scar – how it was acquired (surgery, accident)
Does the scar affect the client in daily life (limitation of movement, pain, discomfort)?
Does the scar have any emotional or psychological attachment to it (fear, anxiety, guilt, sense of failure)?
Include pre and post treatment assessment information
Don't forget to include details of the hands-on contact time with the client using MSTR® and the pressures used for each treatment - did you have to vary your pressures during the treatment due to sensitive areas, for example.
Photographs are optional and may be included with the client consent
Treatment outcomes: in what ways has the scar treatment improved their lifestyle? – i.e. can walk better, improved ROM, increased energy, etc..
Were there any improvements in their emotional connection with the scar?
What did you learn from the experience
If only ONE treatment was required that’s OK. But please do at least a follow-up interview with the client to ensure positive outcome was maintained.
If your client needs more than one treatment for the tissue to achieve maximum possible improvement then please pursue those treatments and include that in your case study.
ONLY MSTR® treatment should be included in the study. Adding other modalities to the treatment session does not clearly demonstrate that MSTR® created the positive outcome.
If your case study is too brief in nature, does not demonstrate competency or positive outcomes then it will be rejected as a submission and you will be asked for a replacement study.
Treatment should be on humans – not animals, unless of course you are taking the MSTR® course for dogs or horses.
Your case study should be TYPED – not handwritten.
With those guideline in mind you are free to construct and present your studies in as creative and interesting a way as you choose.
Please complete your 20 question test before starting your case studies. There are several important points in the test that you need to be sure of before working on your test case subjects.
Once completed please email ALL FIVE of your case studies to your instructor for evaluation. If your studies are of a good standard then your Certificate of Proficiency will be emailed to you and you can then be added to the Worldwide Practitioner listing so that members of the public can find you for this specialised form of bodywork. Your instructor or I can guide you if you need further information.
For your guidance, here are a couple of examples of the kind of standard of work we're looking for:
Q: What if my client has more than one scar – can that be classed as two separate case studies?
A: The compilation of case studies is to evaluate and demonstrate how different people reacted to your treatment. If we have ONE client with FIVE scars – that doesn’t really show the variation in client reactions. So please attempt to have five individuals to make your studies more varied.
Q: Does the case study have to be on a scar or can it be on a fibrous lump or mass?
A: Your case study has to be MSTR® applied to a visible surgical or trauma wound scar. Whilst fibrous lumps can be responsive to MSTR® (and only if you are sure that the lump is not some kind of tumour – don’t touch it if you’re not sure) you should be working on visible scars for your case studies.
Q: It has been a long time since I did my course. Is it too late to send my case studies?
A: No, not at all. Send all 5 case studies through to you instructor and they will still receive assessment and feedback comments.
Q: I'm a little unsure about my coursework and how to progress. What can I do?
A: Contact your instructor or email us at the MSTR® office. We are here to help and support you in any way we can.