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EAI: Evidence-Informed Application of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization


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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) has been around generations and used as an effective tool for pain relief. Yet, many aspects of this intervention are shrouded in misinformation, poor understanding of mechanisms, and poor utilization of tools. In this course, IASTM will be taught from an evidence informed platform with an emphasis on enhancing clinical reasoning with use of IASTM interventions. Participants will experience hands on instruction in use of multiple IASTM tools such as tools, mobility bands, and cupping. Case studies, neurodynamics, and clinical reasoning will be emphasis of the course. Participants will be able to practice techniques, discuss rationale, demonstrate a variety of IASTM interventions, and integrate techniques into daily clinical practice after completion of the course.

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, ATs

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructional Methods: Hands-on lab, lecture with Q&A, group discussion, patient cases, evidence review

Course Completion Requirements: must attend entire 2-day course, complete the post-course survey and post-course learner assessment

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16 Hour Course

16 CEUs will be offered for Certified Athletic Trainers

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Additional information


April 17-18, 2021 Savannah, GA, September 25-26, 2021 Atlanta, GA

Course Agenda

Day 1

8:00     Course Outline, Ground Rules, Course Objectives Review

8:15     Lecture – History, Mechanism and Theories of IASTM

9:00     Lecture – IASTM Concepts & Techniques

10:00   Lab – IASTM to the Cervical & Upper Cervical Region

12:00   Lunch

1:00     Lecture – Research & Scapulothoracic Region

2:00     Lab – IASTM to Upper Arm Region

2:30     Lab – IASTM to Forearm Region

3:00     Lab – IASTM to Hand

4:00     Lab – Upper Quarter Skills Check

4:30     Q & A, wrap-up, Pulling It All Together

5:00     End of Day 1


Day 2

8:00     Q & A, Course Outline

8:15     Lab – IASTM to Thoracic and Lumbar Region

9:00     Lab – IASTM to Upper Leg Region

9:30     Lab – IASTM to Lower Leg & Foot Region

10:30   Lab – IASTM and Neurodynamics

12:00   Lunch

1:00     Lecture – Patient Case; Q & A

2:00     Lecture – Cupping and Cupping Research

3:30     Lab – Advanced Techniques: IASTM, cupping

4:00     Lab – Lower Quarter Skills Check

4:30     Q & A, wrap-up, Pulling It All Together

5:00     End of Course



Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. List 4 key principles of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
  2. List 4 key studies that demonstrate the evidence informed efficacy of IASTM.
  3. List 3 indications for the use of IASTM in a patient presenting with lower quarter impairments.
  4. Independently perform a comprehensive screen for the appropriateness of IASTM.
  5. Perform a comprehensive intervention including integration of IASTM along with therapeutic exercise for a patient with shoulder pain impairments.
  6. Demonstrate correct performance of 3 IASTM techniques using a smooth edge tool for a patient with upper quarter impairments.
  7. Demonstrate correct performance of 2 IASTM techniques to address patients with underlying neurodynamic impairment.
  8. Demonstrate correct performance of 2 cupping IASTYM techniques for a patient with lower quarter impairments.
  9. Given a case study for a patient with calf pain of muscular origin, the participants will independently integrate 1 IASTM technique along with 1 exercise progression based on objective and functional impairments.


Course Instructors

Tyler Miller

Josh Subialka


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