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.
ALL case studies should describe work upon visible scars - from surgery or scars from accidental injury a trauma wound. Cases that describe work upon fibrous tissue, with no visible scarring, will be rejected. ONLY visible scars and any surrounding underlying scar tissue are permitted for your case study submissions.
Case studies should be typed in a clear, legible font - not handwritten or photos of documents.
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 MUST be included in each case study:
Age and sex of client
History of the scar – how it was acquired (surgery, accident)?
Describe your rationale for offering treatment? What were your objectives?
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 including size and location of the scar.
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?
Did you attain your initial objective/s?
What did you learn from the experience?
Perform multiple treatment sessions if they are required to reach a clear and obvious outcome.
If your client needs more than one treatment for the tissue to achieve maximum possible improvement then please pursue those treatments and include those additional treatment descriptions in your case study.
If only ONE treatment was required to reach a clear outcome: If this is the case, a follow-up appointment with the client for you to physically assess the scar to ensure a positive outcome was achieved, is necessary. Did that one session achieve your aims and objectives? If not, a second treatment will be necessary.
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, and that study will be rejected.
If your case study is too brief in nature, does not demonstrate competency, or positive outcomes ofr your client, 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.
To re-emphasize: Your case studies 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 can.
Please complete your 20 question online test before starting your case studies. There are several important points in the test that you need to be aware of before working on your test case subjects. We need to know you're aware of them - so complete your online test, first!
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:
For your further guidance, download this "Check-List' of items - ALL of which should be included in your case studies:
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: With the passage of time, many students become unsure if they are applying MSTR® correctly and in some instances the technique they demonstrate is nothing like they were taught.
So, if it has been over a year since you took your training, then you will need to take a 'Refresher' with any instructor shown on THIS PAGE. This live video call helps ensure you are performing MSTR® correctly, understand about Contraindications and Cautions, that you know about the different applications and protocols involved and you are using the correct pressures and recommended timing of treatment. This important 'Refresher' facility, helps to ensure safe practice and protects you and your client. This is vital information and will give you peace of mind and confidence in your work.
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.