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Level I: IASTM Fundamentals - Virtual Classroom - November 21st, 2020

  • Board Restrictions note: Co-sponsored courses may not be eligible for CE in Tennessee; Credit calculations may vary for New Mexico approval
  • 4-hour live, online course covers the basic skills necessary and to safely begin Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques. In this introductory skills acquisition course, participants will receive virtual instruction in the proper use of IASTM through a virtual lab-focused teaching format. The course will address proper instrument selection to address body contours and reach target tissues.

    At the end of the course, attendees will take a 1 hour exam for a certification in Level I: IASTM Fundamentals.

    InstructorDr. Shawn Burger, PT, DPT, CSCS
    About the InstructorDr. Burger is a manual orthopedic therapist who earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in 1998, and a transitional doctorate from The College of St. Scholastica. He is part-owner of Burger Physical Therapy, Inc., a California corporation responsible for delivering rehab services through a continuum of outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, and multiple acute hospital systems. Dr. Burger takes a keen interest in the role that soft tissues play in performance and function, with a personal history that includes gua sha, lomilomi, Graston Technique, and FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab). Each of these paradigms may be considered forms of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Dr. Burger has been teaching IASTM since 2005, including 200 seminars both nationally and internationally to groups such as physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and massage therapists, as well as primary and orthopedic medical physicians. Currently, he is studying the role that IASTM plays within home exercise programs.
    Subject BreakdownIntroduction - theoretical basis of IASTM, review of current literature Lecture format to review highlights of the online course material focusing on evidence in current literature and theories behind using IASTM as a treatment technique Review of indications, precautions, and contraindications Basic handling, tool selection, and basic treatment strokes virtual demonstration lab Virtual Lab based basic skills component for participants to learn proper tool handling, basic treatment strokes, and proper tool selection based on target tissues using the thigh and knee as a forgiving region for skill acquisition Included is a free-play open lab to allow participants opportunity to have access to tools for free-form learning and question development Lecture/discussion – treatment integration and dosing Treatment time and frequency Location of IASTM in the flow of therapy visit Myofascia and cutaneous strokes virtual lab Body regions and specific tools selected to highlight large surface – broad strokes Desensitizing strokes targeting cutaneous tissue heighted Surgical incision and superficial scar release strokes highlighted Deep muscle strokes virtual lab Multiple tools and body regions selected to highlight muscle interfaces and planes Emphasis on tool selection based on body contours, depth of target tissue, and size of target area Ligament/ tendon treatment strokes virtual lab Strokes specific to ligamentous and tendon tissue targeted Multiple body regions selected for skills acquisition Hard tissue/soft tissue interface virtual lab Body regions and specific tools selected to highlight strokes to facilitate mobility of bone/tendon/muscle/soft tissue interfaces Skills integration with virtual lab demonstrations Case studies and case specific Q & A Tool orientation for treatment effects Problem solving case study for integration of skills covered in course
    Total Credits7.00
    FormatDistance - Live
    Course OutlineLevel I Virtual Classroom_Course Info.docx


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