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Overview of Training

Graston Technique® (GT) therapy is an advanced form of instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization, which incorporates the use of six specially designed stainless steel instruments. GT therapy enables clinicians to effectively treat the adverse effects of scar tissue and fascial restrictions as well as improve and maintain optimal range of motion. The purpose of this basic training is to introduce clinicians to GT therapy, its clinical applications, physiological effects/benefits, and potential contraindication.

Training Fee: $650 (plus applicable tax and brokerage)

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M1-Basic Training Schedule

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Teaching/Learning Methods & Materials

Multiple 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. Much of the time is spent in a hands-on, lab setting. Teaching materials include the M1 PowerPoint presentation, M1 Training Materials, and Review of Graston Technique® DVD.

M-1 Basic Training Agenda

Check-in and distribution of materials begin 15 minutes prior to the start time listed.

  • Welcome and introduction to technique
  • History, physiological rationale of IASTM, principles relating to soft-tissue dysfunction
  • Indications & contraindications
  • Anticipated responses and results from using GT instruments on soft-tissue conditions
  • Introduction to the six GT stainless steel instruments
  • Description of each instrument
  • Proper handholds and treatment strokes
  • Lab instruction in scanning, sweeping, strumming, brushing, swiveling, scooping, j-strokes and framing on anterior thigh
  • How to make a soft-tissue assessment using the GT scanner
Thigh and Knee Labs
  • Scan, sweep, strum, frame and j-stroke the thigh and knee
  • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
  • Discuss proper instrument choice
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
Hip, Pelvis and ITB Labs
  • Scan, sweep, strum, frame and j-stroke the pelvic region
  • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
  • Discuss proper instrument choice
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
Foot and Ankle Labs:
  • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the foot and ankle
  • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
  • Discuss proper instrument choice
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
Lumbrosacral Lab:
  • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the lumbosacral spine
  • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
  • Discuss proper instrument choice
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
  • GT & clinical integration
  • GT research & evidence-based practice
  • Documentation
  • Billing
Hand, Forearm and Elbow Labs
  • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke the hand, forearm and elbow
  • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
  • Discuss proper instrument choice
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
Shoulder Labs
  • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the shoulder
  • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in this area
  • Discuss proper instrument choice
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
Cervical and Thoracic Labs:
  • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the cervical and thoracic spines
  • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
  • Discuss proper instrument choice
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
Edema and Scars / Course Wrap-up:
  • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
  • Course Wrap-up

M1 Prerequisites

M1 participants must be fully licensed professionals who possess 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.

Clothing Requirements

Most of the training is in a lab setting with hands-on instrument instruction, so proper dress is required. Proper clothing includes loose-fitting athletic shorts (not spandex). For women, a top that can expose the scapula such as a racerback sports bra, low-cut tank top, or cami will allow your lab partners proper access to the body regions that we will treat. To prevent any potential emollient exposure to your clothing, it is optional to bring a towel for draping.

Contraindications

Clinicians are treated with Graston Technique® instruments during the trainings. Any condition contraindicated for soft tissue mobilization is contraindicated for GT. We advise all pregnant clinicians to consult their treating doctor or healthcare provider before registering or attending a course.

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