M1 Basic Training

Course Description and Goals

M1 Basic Training

The Graston Technique® is an advanced form of instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization, which incorporates the use of six specially designed stainless steel instruments. GT 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, 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. The course also instructs clinicians on the proper use of the instruments.

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 soft tissue.

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.

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. The vast majority of 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.


Clothing Requirement

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.

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.


M1-Basic Training Agenda

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

Day One
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(7.5 hours)

Hour 1
Participants will identify & discuss the effects, benefits, physiological responses, indications & contraindications for the Graston Technique®.

  • 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
 

Hour 2
Participants will observe & then demonstrate proper handholds and treatment strokes using GT instruments.

  • 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
 

Hour 2 - 2.25 | Mid-Morning Break

 

Hour 2.25 - 3.5
Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate GT techniques (scan, sweep, strum, swivel, scoop, frame, brush and j-stroke) on knee and thigh.

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
 

Hour 3.5 - 4.5 | Lunch

 

Hour 4.5 - 6
Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate GT techniques (scan, sweep, strum, swivel, scoop, frame, brush and j-stroke) on pelvic region.

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
 

Hour 6 - 7.5
Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on foot and ankle.

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
 

Hour 7.5 - 8.5
Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spines.

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

Day Two
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(4.5 hours)

Hour 8.5 - 9
Participants will identify & discuss concepts of clinical practice integration, updated GT research, documentation & billing concerns.

  • GT & clinical integration
  • GT research & evidence-based practice
  • Documentation
  • Billing
 

Hour 9 - 10.25
Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on hand, forearm and elbow.

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
 

Hour 10.25 - 10.5 | Mid-Morning Break

 

Hours 10.5 - 12
Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on the shoulder.

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
 

Hour 12 - 13
Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on the cervical and thoracic spines.

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
 

Hour 13 - 13.5
Participants will discuss & observe techniques and treatment protocol on edema and scars.

Edema and Scars / Course Wrap-up:

  • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke
  • Demonstrate treatment protocol
  • Course Wrap-up

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