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M1-Basic Training

Course Description and Goals

The Graston Technique® is an advanced form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, which incorporates the use of six patented stainless steel instruments. GT enables clinicians to effectively treat the adverse effects of scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The purpose of this basic training is to introduce clinicians to GT, its clinical applications, physiological effects/benefits and potential contraindications.

M1 Course Objectives

The primary objective of M1 is to develop an understanding of GT and how to apply it into the full spectrum of musculoskeletal treatment approaches. By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the GT instruments, GT treatments, potential effects and benefits.
  • Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of the
    Graston Technique®.
  • Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury, healing and potential reactivity to instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic and adverse).
  • Develop skill and competence in the GT application of IASTM to the major regions of the spine and extremities.

M1 Prerequisites

M1 participants should have a well-developed working knowledge of the human neuromusculoskeletal system and its major structures. A list of suggested readings is disseminated to participants at the time of their registration. Prior experience with manual therapy and manual soft tissue mobilization techniques are helpful.

Teaching/Learning Methods & Materials

Various teaching methods will be utilized consistent with the various levels of complexity of the learning objectives. These will include explanations, demonstrations, performance, feedback, teaching, supervised open practice and case troubleshooting. Teaching materials include the M1 PowerPoint presentation, M1 Training Materials and Review of Graston Technique® DVD.

 

 

  M1-Basic Training Content

  Check-in and distribution of materials begin 15 minutes
prior to the time listed.
Saturday  
8:30 am – 5 pm
(7.5 hours)
8:30 am – 9:30 am | Hour 1:
Introduction to the Technique — Participants review and complete the laboratory release and contraindications and trademark infringement form. History, physiological rationale of IASTM, principles relating to soft tissue dysfunction and anticipated results from using GT instruments are covered.

9:30 am 10:30 am | Hours 2 – 3:
Introduction of GT Instruments and Basic Treatment Strokes — Demonstration of each instrument, proper handholds and eight treatment strokes are taught. Lab instruction includes scanning, sweeping, fanning, strumming, J-stroking, scooping, swiveling and framing.

1st BREAK: 10:30 am – 10:45 am 

10:45 am 5:00 pm | Hours 4 – 8.5:
Thigh and Pelvis — Participants learn how to apply the
Graston Technique® basic treatment strokes to the thigh and pelvis. Suggested patient and clinician positioning and instrument choice is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the above in lab format.

LUNCH: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 

Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot — Participants learn how to apply the
Graston Technique® basic treatment strokes to the lower leg, ankle and foot. Suggested patient and clinician positioning and instrument choice is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the above in lab format.

2nd BREAK: 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm 

Lumbosacral — Participants learn how to apply the Graston Technique® basic treatment strokes to the lumbosacral regions. Suggested patient and clinician positioning and instrument choice is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the above in lab format.


Sunday
 
8 am – 1 pm
(4.5 hours)
8:00 am 1:00 pm | Hours 8.5 – 12:
Elbow, Forearm and Hand — Participants learn how to apply the
Graston Technique® basic treatment strokes to the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand regions. Suggested patient and clinician positioning and instrument choice is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the above in lab format.

1st BREAK: 9:30 am – 9:45 am

Shoulder — Participants learn how to apply the Graston Technique® basic treatment strokes to the shoulder complex. Suggested patient and clinician positioning and instrument choice is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the above in lab format.

2nd BREAK: 11:00 am – 11:15 am

Cervical and Thoracic — Participants learn how to apply the
Graston Technique® basic treatment strokes to the cervical and thoracic regions. Suggested patient and clinician positioning and instrument choice is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the above in lab format.

Edema and Scars — Instructor demonstrates scar lifting, nudging, skin rolling and edema reduction techniques in lab format.

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M2-Advanced Training

Course Description and Goals
 
This course will emphasize a Graston Technique® examination and treatment approach for musculoskeletal dysfunction/mechanical pain that can be applied in all patient cases.
 
Components of the GT examination will include movement loss, lesion localization and resistive testing. Preventative/corrective exercises that will augment the GT intervention will be discussed. Participants will learn to select and implement the most efficient and effective GT interventions, while restoring function and alleviating pain. The goal of this course is to advance skills in the successful management of musculoskeletal dysfunction utilizing GT and movement.

M2 Course Objectives

  • Extend interest and commitment to personal development using GT.
  • Advance knowledge of GT examination procedures for assessing musculoskeletal dysfunction while introducing the principles of regional interdependence and functional testing.
  • Enhance clinical decision making skills during the application of GT.
  • Advance repertoire of GT interventions for the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction/mechanical pain.
  • Develop a higher level of skill acquisition for utilizing GT while introducing movement, resistance, weight bearing and provocation patterns to treatment.
  • Review major GT concepts covered in M1 (eight fundamental strokes, ergonomics, scar & edema techniques, physiology of GT if necessary).
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to discuss patients that have challenged them since they started incorporating instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) into their practice.
  • Introduce advanced GT skills incorporating IASTM with movement, with resistance, in weight bearing, during provocation and with therapeutic exercise typically prescribed for common musculoskeletal pathologies.
  • Introduce IASTM with nerve flossing techniques for common nerve entrapments of the spine and extremities.
  • Review selected case studies that illustrate advanced clinical applications of IASTM.
  • Share most recent research findings pertaining to IASTM.


M2 Prerequisites

Successful completion of M1-Basic Training and the use of Graston Technique® instruments in one’s current clinical practice are required. It is also recommended that participants currently be utilizing advanced orthopedic and functional testing in their clinical practices. A working knowledge of functional anatomy, human movement analysis and the principles of regional interdependence, as they apply to injury recognition and treatment, are recommended. A list of suggested readings is disseminated to participants at the time of their registration in order to help them achieve these stated prerequisites.

Teaching/Learning Methods & Materials

Various teaching methods will be utilized consistent with the various levels of complexity of the stated learning objectives in order to assure their attainment at course completion. Teaching methods include lecture/discussion and instructor demonstration followed by laboratory practice. During laboratory practice sessions, small ratios of instructor-to-participants are available so that participants can receive ample instructor feedback as they practice. Teaching materials used include the M2 PowerPoint presentation, prepared case analyses, videotapes of selected GT techniques and the M2 Participant Packet including its handouts.

 

 

  M2-Advanced Training Content

  Check-in and distribution of materials begin 15 minutes
prior to the time listed.
Saturday  
8 am – 5:30 pm
(8.5 Hours)
8:00 am  10:00 am | Hours 1 – 2:
Intro and Background— Participants review and complete the laboratory release and contraindications and trademark infringement form. They also complete a pre-course questionnaire regarding their backgrounds and clinical uses of GT. Information in a traditional lecture/discussion format includes GT basic concepts from M1, the M2 Treatment Algorithm and M2 foundational concepts, including principles of regional interdependence, functional vs. impairment testing and the physiology and structural anatomy of the fascial system.

1st BREAK: 10:00 am – 10:15 am 

10:15 am 5:30 pm | Hours 3 – 8.5:
Upper Quadrant (UQ) with Movement — Each major anatomical region of the upper quadrant is reviewed with respect to its impact on movement dysfunction. Laboratory demonstration then practice is included with functional testing and assessment of the kinetic chain with appropriate GT instruments. GT clinical applications for common musculoskeletal conditions with movement (open and closed chain), against resistance and in positions of provocation are reviewed. Selected techniques for the cervicothoracic, scapular, shoulder complex and elbow, wrist/hand complexes are taught. Selected edema and scar techniques are demonstrated and practiced. Selected neural entrapment syndromes and their treatment techniques while utilizing GT instruments are included depending on time and participant interest.

LUNCH: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

2nd BREAK: 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm 


Sunday
 
7:30 am – 1:30 pm
(5.5 Hours)
7:30 – 1:30 pm | Hours 8.5 – 14:
Lower Quadrant (LQ) with Movement
— Each major anatomical region of the lower quadrant is reviewed with respect to its impact on movement dysfunction. Laboratory demonstration then practice is included with functional testing, assessment of the kinetic chain with appropriate GT instruments. GT clinical applications for common musculoskeletal conditions with movement (open and closed chain), against resistance and in positions of provocation are discussed. Selected techniques for the lumbosacral, pelvofemoral complex, knee and lower leg, ankle and foot complexes are included.

1st BREAK: 9:30 am – 9:45 am 

2nd BREAK: 11:30 am – 11:45 am 

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