IASTM Lower Quarter

Course2 Description: 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

This course will provide the clinician with an understanding of the treatment concepts, as well as specific techniques, in order to effectively incorporate Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTM) to common musculoskeletal disorders of the lower quarter. This course will review the fascial system, including local and regional fascial tracks, as well as the pathophysiology of fascial dysfunction. The evidence supporting the biological effects of IASTM on soft tissue healing, as well as clinical outcome studies will be summarized. The treatment principles and parameters of IASTM will be presented, including soft tissue assessment and treatment strategies, indications, relative precautions and absolute contraindications, the role of complimentary treatment approaches and the importance of immediate re-assessment. Other principles of IASTM, including recommended treatment time, appropriate degree of applied force and proper sequencing of physical therapy interventions will be discussed, based on scientific principles and expert opinion. Different tool options will be addressed and the advantages and disadvantages of each will be summarized. This course lecture will be supplemented with approximately 30 video-based techniques. The videos will emphasize correct patient positioning and execution of IASTM techniques. Clinical relevance will be highlighted throughout the course as specific clinical indications, practical applications and case studies will be presented.

Course Outline

Course Outline:

Hour 1:
Preview test questions
Course Outline Review
Fascial tracks / lines
Factors effecting biomechanical properties
Pathophysiological changes within fascia
Trigger points

Hour 2:
Instrument- Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTM)
Background / Introduction
Biological effects
Tool cleaning/ hygiene
Clinician benefits
Supportive Evidence
IASTM tools
Tool Options
Tool features
Basic Principles/ Parameters of using IASTM
Tissue assessment vs treatment
General techniques
Depth of application
Frequency and duration
Treatment objective
Tissue reactivity
Treatment sequence and complimentary interventions
Hour 3:
Basic techniques
Clinical indications
Advanced techniques
Clinical indications
Case study
CEU Test

Course Objectives:

Following completion of this course, the learner will demonstrate:
After completing this course the learner will have a better understanding of the following:
List 3 specific functions of fascia
Outline 3 general purposes for using instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations (IASTM) for lower quarter musculoskeletal disorders
Define and contrast the difference between fibrosis and trigger points.
Enumerate 3 specific biological effects of IASTM
Provide 3 relative contraindications and absolute contraindications when using IASTM for musculoskeletal disorders.
Recall five basic stroke techniques used with IASTM and provide the general purpose for each technique.
List 2 features of IASTM tools and the effect that these features have on the treatment effect (tissue penetration).
Recall 3 ways to manipulate depth of tissue response when using IASTM
Paraphrase 5 clinical indications for using IASTM to the lower quarter
Apply basic and advanced IASTM techniques for common lower quarter musculoskeletal conditions

Presenter: Robert McCabe, DPT, MTC, OCS, CSCS

Bob has 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of injury prevention, performance and rehabilitation services at the Gabreski Air National Guard base in Westhampton, NY. His prior experience includes working in hospital-based and outpatient private practice facilities. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at the renowned Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews. Bob received his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University and a master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Cortland University. Bob is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S). He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S) and the Selective Functional Movement Screes (S.F.M.A) and is completing his certification in manual therapy through Evidence in Motion. He has advance training and coursework in Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations, EXOS performance training, Active Release Therapy and the McKenzie Method to Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). He has ten years of experience in teaching live seminars/webinars for several professional education companies. Bob has published several research studies in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
*Handouts available for downloading/printing to all PTwebucation.com courses.
This course is presented in an online video format with audio lecture for each slide. Approximate length to take the course, including audio lecture, videos and all written material, is 3 hours.

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