During the past several years, soft tissue disorders, including myalgia, myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome have received much attention in the scientific and clinical literature. Guidelines developed by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT) confirm the importance of muscle dysfunction for orthopedic manual therapy clinical practice. The IFOMT has defined orthopedic manual therapy as “a specialized area of physiotherapy/physical therapy for the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, based on clinical reasoning, using highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises.” Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a soft tissue mobilization technique that is gaining popularity among physical/ occupational therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors and other clinicians. One assumed advantage of using IASTM is the reduced stress that is placed on the clinician’s joints, most notably the thumb carpometacarpal joint. Prior research has shown that 68% of physiotherapists in Australia will experience thumb pain. Of these, 25% will retire or change professions. Despite the recent surge in using IASTM for musculoskeletal disorders, there is relatively little research on the efficacy of this intervention. In addition, IASTM is generally not included in most athletic training, occupational therapy or physical therapy curriculums. However, recent research has shown that IASTM does appear to have some clinical value and is may be at least as effective as manual soft tissue mobilizations.
This course presents the best available evidence for the evaluation and treatment of patients with spine musculoskeletal disorders with the use of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations (IASTM). Lecture material is supplemented with extensive video presentations of treatment techniques for various spine tissue dysfunctions. The videos capture and emphasize correct patient positioning and execution of IASTM techniques. Treatment principles of IASTM, including recommended treatment time, degree of applied force and proper sequencing of physical therapy interventions are discussed, based on scientific principles and expert opinion. Contraindications and normal tissue response to IASTM are presented.
This Seminar-on-Demand is 1 contact hour in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
|Contact Hours: 1|
Video Course Format: Video
|Target Audience: ATC/LAT, MT/LMT, PT/PTA|
|Instructional Level: Intermediate||BOC Level of Difficulty: Advanced|
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Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on evaluation and treatment of patients with spinal musculoskeletal disorders with the use of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- List three general purposes for using instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations (IASTM) for spine musculoskeletal disorders
- Cite five contraindications when using IASTM for spine musculoskeletal disorders
- Recall the basic five stroke techniques used with IASTM, and provide the general purpose for each technique
- List two features of IASTM tools and the effect that these features have on the treatment effect (tissue penetration)
- Cite two treatment principles when administering IASTM
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
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Contact Hours: 1
Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Massage Therapist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
BOC Level of Difficulty: Advanced
- Financial – Bob McCabe is employed by NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care and receives a salary. He receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
- Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
- No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
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