Introduction to Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation: Foundation Meets Application
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Interpret and list two sources on the foundation and origin of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) and the latest research as it applies clinically.
- Apply the fanning stroke with a patient who has active or latent trigger points in their upper trapezius muscle.
- Independently defend the selection of one IASTM tool and treatment plan for a specified clinical condition.
- Correctly compare mechanical and physiologic responses of IASTM when provided with a case study.
- Explain three key differences between a fascial restriction and muscle tightness.
- Identify two indications and two contraindications of IASTM for an instructor named clinical condition.
- Explain the rationale behind IASTM by comparing mechanical vs. neurological responses using the most current research.
- Understand what fascia is, how to identify common fascial restrictions using the IASTM and latest research
- Based on instructor specified example indicating evaluation findings, will accurately choose the IASTM technique to manage the condition.
- Compare the difference between the clinical patterns of spinal stenosis, spondylosis and lumbar radiculopathy in terms of each diagnoses behavior of symptoms, clinical findings, and common muscle imbalances.
- Compare an active trigger point vs. a latent trigger point for patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
- Justify the IASTM tool selected based on the presence of trigger points in a therapy evaluation.
- Design a plan of care, including the IASTM, for a patient diagnosed with either a rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, shoulder impingement or similar diagnoses.