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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Tyler Miller
Josh Subialka

Course Objectives

Define the basic principles, origin, and evidenceinformedefficacy of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
Demonstrate how to use IASTM tools to assess andtreat soft tissue withstaticand dynamic techniques
Demonstrate how to perform IASTM techniques for the upper and lower quarters, cervicothoracic, and lumbopelvicregions.
Definetheconceptofneurodynamicswith assessment and treatment of conditionswith IASTM
Demonstrate integration of cupping with IASTM
Discuss specific case examples and clinical decision making in conjunction with IASTM

Course Agenda

Day 1

8:00 Instructor and participant introductions
8:15 Lecture – History, Mechanism and Theories of IASTM
9:00 Lecture – IASTM Concepts & Techniques
10:00 Lab – Cervical & Upper Cervical Region
12: 00 Lunch
1:00 Lecture – Research & Scapulothoracic Region
2:00 Lab – Upper Arm Region
2:30 Lab – Forearm Region
3:00 Lab – Hand
4:00 Q & A, Pulling It All Together
5:00 End of Course


Day 2

8:00 Questions
8:15 Lab – Thoracic and Lumbar
9:00 Lab – Upper Leg
9:30 Lab – Lower Leg & Foot
10:30 Lab – Neurodynamics
12: 00 Lunch
1:00 Lecture – Case; Q & A
2:00 Lecture – Cupping and Cupping Research
3:30 Lab – Advance Techniques
5:00 End of Course


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