M1 Updates & Revisions Online Course

M1 Updates & Revisions Online Course

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The primary purpose of this course is to provide the Graston Technique® therapy trained/certified clinician with an overview of the latest materials, concepts, skills and research we currently include in our M1-Basic Training course. This course includes a review of the features and applications of the Graston Technique® brand instruments and the Graston Technique® therapy treatment strokes which are presented in video format. A case presentation that highlights the evaluative and clinical decision-making process and includes Graston Technique® therapy, as it is integrated with appropriate therapeutic exercise, is included. Company updates including marketing and practice integration suggestions are also included. This presentation will bring a Graston Technique® therapy trained clinician up to date with our current curricular offerings. GT Instructors will also be required to complete this course annually to assure they are teaching the most updated curricular materials in a consistent manner. Upon completion of this course, participants will be required to successfully complete a learning assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: M1 trained clinicians who have not taken M1 or M2 within the past three years. In addition, all GT Instructors will be required to complete this course annually.


  • Precourse Reading Assignment
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
  • Chapter 2 - Updates in Research and Development
  • Chapter 3 - Review of M1 Updates
  • Chapter 4 - Market Updates / Conclusion
  • Learning Assessment
  • Course Survey

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: By course completion, participants will be able to:

  • Synthesize key business and marketing updates and strategies into their current clinical practice.
  • Synthesize the latest published research related to Graston Technique® therapy which includes additional physiological applications of Graston Technique® therapy relative to this research. The topics of mechanotransduction and stem cell/regenerative medicine are included.
  • Develop a plan of care integrating the complete Graston Technique® therapy protocol which includes assessment, treatment strokes with unique Graston Technique® branded instruments, exercise, and reassessment.
  • Propose a treatment session for a hypothetical patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction that includes the application of Graston Technique® therapy in terms of the evaluative process, key treatment principles and dosage parameters, and the integration of appropriate therapeutic exercise in light of the updated materials that are included in this course.
  • Explain an overview of the Graston Technique® therapy history, philosophy, and the company s corporate mission, including a discussion of marketplace myths. An objective comparison of Graston Technique® therapy to its main competitors is included.
Todd LugarTodd R. Lugar, President & CEO
Todd R. Lugar became President & CEO of Graston Technique, LLC (GT) in May 2013 and directs the strategic development and overall growth of the company. Prior to assuming the leadership role at GT, Lugar enjoyed a diverse career that included several executive positions with mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies, including 11 years with Thomas L. Green & Company, his family's 120-year-old manufacturing firm. Read More.

Jackie ShakarJackie Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT
Jackie Shakar joined Graston Technique, LLC (GT) as Clinical Advisor in June 2011. She has used Graston Technique® therapy in a clinical setting since 2003 and has been an M1 and M2 instructor since late 2004. As clinical advisor, she serves as a liaison with GT's instructors, as well as clinicians in the field. She also guides the development and expansion of the GT education program. Read More.

Mike PloskiMike Ploski, MS, MEd, PT, ATC, OCS
Mike Ploski joined Graston Technique, LLC (GT) as Director of Strategic Planning-PT in August 2013. He leads the strategic direction targeting physical therapists, hospitals and rehabilitation company owners as well as works closely with faculty members who teach GT in the curriculum of advanced degree programs for physical therapy and athletic training. Read More.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Participants will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to complete the course. If a participant fails to complete the course within 30 days of enrollment they must re-register for the course at full price. If for any reason a participant should need to cancel their enrollment, they must cancel prior to starting the course. In the event of cancellation a refund will be credited to the participant minus a $20 administrative fee.

COST: $119 USD

PREREQUISITE READING ASSIGNMENT: 15-30 min reading assignment followed by a 5  question exam requiring an 80% or higher passing grade. Reading assignment is on Cheatham SW, Lee M, Cain M, Baker R (2016). The efficacy of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization: a systematic review (.pdf). JCCA, 60(3), 200-211.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Participants must successfully pass a written assessment consisting of 20 objective questions specific to the content of the course with an 80% or better. Participants must achieve a passing grade within their third attempt. Participants who fail to achieve an 80% on their third attempt will be required to retake the course at an additional cost of $59.