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IASTM: An Introduction to the Upper Quarter

presented by Shawn Burger, PT, DPT, CSCS

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Financial: Shawn Burger receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Shawn Burger has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 72 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

This course covers the basic skills necessary to safely begin instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) techniques. Following a brief introduction to history, histology, and research, one will develop a foundation of IASTM, learning basic concepts and principles. An emphasis on proper instrument use for treatment of the upper quarter, including shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand, will be shown. A practical integration, including treatment of surgical scar tissue, will also be discussed. The target audience includes athletic trainers (ATs), physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and personal trainers.

Meet Your Instructor

Shawn Burger, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Shawn Burger has been a licensed physical therapist since 1998, having received his master's in physical therapy from the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions and later earning a transitional doctorate from the College of St. Scholastica. Having been exposed to IASTM in 1996 as a student, Shawn is passionate about IASTM…

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1. The Basics of IASTM: History, Histology, and Research

In this chapter, we will review the historical origins, basic histology, and research of IASTM to support its use in the clinic. We will review basic construction characteristics in choosing IASTM tools for the upper quarter, including treatment edges, materials, and tool shapes, and discuss the pros and cons associated with their use.

2. Lab Techniques: Shoulder and Elbow

In this chapter, we will review how to perform IASTM, including choosing direction of force, angle of application, treatment dosing (time), and treatment progression through superficial to deeper layers. Participants will review lab techniques applicable for treatment of the shoulder and elbow.

3. Lab Techniques: Wrist and Hand

In this chapter, participants will review lab techniques applicable for treatment of the wrist and hand.

4. Scar Techniques, Practical Integration, and Summary

In this chapter, we will discuss treatment of surgical scars in the upper quarter and time considerations in doing so. We will review the five steps in successful practice integration of IASTM and, in summary, discuss the clinical reasoning and rationale for IASTM.

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