Instructor: Shawn Burger, PT, DPT, CSCS
The use of hard-edged instruments to enhance motion and treat dysfunctional soft tissue is rapidly gaining popularity in clinical settings. This comprehensive course covers the theory and intervention strategies for identifying and treating soft tissue utilizing Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques. Participants will receive hands-on instruction in the proper use of IASTM through a case-study-based teaching format. This course covers both upper and lower quarters. No prerequisite is required for taking this course.
Please dress to allow access to your entire upper and lower quarters to enhance the learning process.
The target audience is restricted to Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Massage Therapists. The level of learning for PT/PTA is Intermediate level. Attendees of the course should have a basic background in the concepts of soft-tissue mobilization, such as massage.
They should also have a basic anatomical background and understand muscle, tendon, and ligament fiber orientation as well as physiological response to inflammation and injury. This course does not demand any prerequisites to be completed before attending.
Introduction – Theoretical basis of IASTM, review of current literature
Lecture format to introduce the concept of IASTM, evidence in the literature and physiological basis for using this as a soft tissue treatment technique.
Basic handling, tool selection, and basic treatment strokes lab
Lab based basic skills component for participants to learn proper tool handing, basic treatment strokes, and proper tool selection based on target tissues.
Basic Case Studies Teaching Lab 1
This lab will use case studies involving the soft tissue of the forearm as a forgiving starting point to gain skill using the basic strokes covered in the introductory lab. Problem solving as well as treatment dosage will be emphasized. The second portion of this lab will involve treating the elbow to introduce the student to the concept of treating around bony regions and joint components.
Basic Case Studies Teaching Lab 2
This lab will build on basic skills covered in Lab 1 moving to more complex regions such as the shoulder/scapula, and neck. Patient positioning during treatment to maximize patient comfort will be emphasized. Also the concept of Regional interdependence will be stressed.
Basic Case Studies Teaching Lab 3:
This lab will continue with the concepts focused on in the prior lab but move into the wrist, hand, and upper arm
Skills Integration Case Study
Participants will be divided into small groups and then provided with a case study to problem solve. Each group will be expected to build a complete treatment program including a warm- up component, IASTM treatment component,
stretching/tissue lengthening component, exercise component, and a home program component to provide carryover of the treatment effect. This will follow a demonstration and small group report format.
The course will end on review of documentation concepts including test-treat-retest to document treatment effect and proper coding.