Level I: IASTM Fundamentals $0.00

Level I: IASTM Fundamentals

Level I

This 8-hour 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 hands-on instruction in the proper use of IASTM through a 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.

Please dress to allow skin access to your entire upper and lower quarters to enhance the learning process

Course Locations:

December 7, 2019 | Long Beach, CA

December 17, 2019 | San Antonio, TX

February 29, 2020 | Madison Heights, MI

March 7, 2020 | Kansas City, KS

March 7, 2020 | Olivette, MO

March 8, 2020 | Portland, OR

March 8, 2020 | Salt Lake City, UT

April 25, 2020 | Lynnwood, WA

May 2, 2020 | Columbia, SC

May 16, 2020 | Chula Vista, CA

June 6, 2020 | Albuquerque, NM

June 6, 2020 | San Antonia, TX

June 6, 2020 | Des Moines, IA

June 6, 2020 | New Orleans, LA

June 6, 2020 | Oak Brook, IL

July 18, 2020 | Dunwoody, GA

August 2, 2020 | Ann Arbor, MI

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this program the participant will be able to:

  • List the precautions and contraindications for IASTM

  • Understand, identify, and apply the appropriate IASTM treatment edge: concave, convex, broad vs. small contact, single bevel, or double bevel, based on the target tissue and desired treatment effect

  • Choose appropriate basic treatment IASTM strokes (i.e. sweeping, fanning, brushing, strumming, and framing) based on the body region contours, nature of the soft tissue restriction, and desired treatment outcome

  • Integrate IASTM intervention into the overall treatment program including: warm up, IASTM intervention based on the objectives outlined above, tissue elongation/stretching, appropriate ROM and/or strengthening exercises, cool down, and home exercise to produce carry-over of the treatment effect and enhance treatment outcomes

Course Outline:

  • Introduction - 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 lab
  • 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

  • Myofascial and cutaneous strokes 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 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 lab
  • Strokes specific to ligamentous and tendon tissue targeted

  • Multiple body regions selected for skills acquisition

  • Hard tissue/soft tissue interface lab
  • Body regions and specific tools selected to highlight strokes to facilitate mobility of bone/tendon/muscle/soft tissue interfaces

  • Instruction in use of the Multi-tool and skills integration lab
  • Treatment edges

  • Tool orientation for treatment effects

  • Problem solving case study for integration of skills covered in course

Course Schedule:

7:30AM – 8:00AM: Registration

8:00AM – 8:30AM: Introduction – review of online component

8:30AM – 10:00AM: Basic handling, tool selection, and basic treatment strokes lab

10:00AM – 10:30AM: Lecture/discussion of treatment integration and dosing

10:30AM – 10:45AM: Break

10:45AM – 12:15PM: Myofascial (large surface-broad strokes) & cutaneous stokes

12:15PM – 1:15PM: Meal Break

1:15PM – 2:30PM: Deep Muscular

2:30PM – 3:30PM: Tendon/ligament

3:30PM – 4:15PM: Hard tissue/soft tissue interfaces

4:15PM – 4:30PM: Break

4:30PM – 5:30PM: Skills Integration & Introduction of Multi-tool

On Your Own Time: Online exam for certification (you will have up to 1 week after the course to complete the Exam)

Course requirements:

In order to attend a HawkGrips IASTM course, each attendee must meet all of the following criteria:

1. Completed a minimum of 80 course hours of anatomy and physiology

2. Have a working knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and relevant physiology

3. Be able within the scope of professional practice to do assessments by evaluating and/or diagnosing injuries and conditions

4. Have achieved or is a student in their junior or senior year (transcripts required) working towards one or more of the following credentials: ATC, CHT, DC, DO, DOM, MD, MT, OT, OTA, PT, PTA. For other relevant credentials please contact HawkGrips to verify eligibility.

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