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Overview of Training

This course will emphasize a Graston Technique® (GT) therapy examination and treatment approach for musculoskeletal dysfunction/mechanical pain that can be applied in all patient cases.

Components of the GT therapy examination will include movement loss, lesion localization and resistive testing. Preventative/corrective exercises to augment the GT therapy intervention will be discussed. Participants will learn to select and implement the most efficient and effective GT therapy interventions, while restoring function and alleviating pain. The goal of this course is to advance the clinician's skills in the successful management of musculoskeletal dysfunction using Graston Technique® therapy and movement.

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M2-Advanced Training is the only way to earn your Graston Technique® therapy Specialist (GTS) credential!

Training Fee: $695 (plus applicable tax and brokerage)

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M2-Advanced Training Schedule

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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 Graston Technique® therapy techniques, and the M2 Participant Packet including its handouts.

M2-Advanced Training Agenda

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

  • Welcome and Introduction to Module 2
  • Principles relating to soft-tissue dysfunction
  • Anticipated responses and results from using GT instruments on the human neuromyofascial system (quick overview)
  • Review of each instrument as needed
  • Proper handholds and treatment strokes
  • Laboratory practice reviewing most common applications of scanning, sweeping, strumming, brushing, swiveling, scooping, j-strokes and framing (regional applications)
  • Fascial physiology & structural considerations
  • Anticipated responses and results from using GT instruments on the human neuromyofascial system (Expanded discussion to include relevant research updates)
  • Indications & Contraindications
  • Documentation & Billing
  • M2 Treatment Parameters
  • M2 Treatment Algorithm
  • Laboratory practice reviewing most common applications of IA Skin Roll, C-Bowing, Fascial Spiral, Pin and Stretch/Glide, Interface Rock/Scoop (regional applications); without then with movement & load
  • “Additional Treatment Considerations” & M2 Treatment Algorithm Lecture/Discussion
  • What is Functional Testing & Common Systems
  • Test/Treat/Retest
  • Regional Interdependence
  • Selecting Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) as a Means of Defecting Dysfunction in the Human Neuromyofascial System
  • Why Assess Breathing
  • Breathing & Abdominal Wall Assessments
  • Functional Testing of the abdominal wall, diaphragm & anterior pelvis
  • M1 & M2 strokes applied to the cervical, thoracic & lumbosacral spines static tissue preparation then addition of movement & load
  • Includes 10 minute break
  • Functional Testing of the Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbosacral Spines
  • M1 & M2 Strokes applied to the cervical, thoracic & lumbosacral spines static tissue preparation then addition of movement & load
  • GT Scar Mobilization Principles
  • Nudging, Lifting & Skin Rolling Scars with movement & load
  • GT Edema Techniques
  • End Day 1 with Questions & Answers/Day 1 Wrap-up
  • Review of Day Concepts
  • M2 Algorithm
  • Day 2 Agenda
  • Tendonitis vs. tendinosis
  • Review of evidence regarding common interventions for tendinopathy (levels of evidence provided)
  • GT Tendinosis Protocol (Demonstration of)
  • UE & LE Tendinosis Assessment Techniques
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis & Epicondylosis, Hamstring, Patellar & Achilles Tendinosis
  • Includes Active Learning Lab: Participants will be given a clinical case of tendinosis (specific level of acuity) & will demonstrate a GT treatment progression based on concepts learned in tendinosis lecture/lab
  • Functional Testing of the UE
  • M1 & M2 strokes applied to the UE static tissue preparation then addition of movement & load
  • Functional Testing of the LE
  • M1 & M2 strokes applied to the LE static tissue preparation then addition of movement & load
  • Participants will be given a clinical case & will demonstrate a GT treatment progression based on concepts learned in M2
  • Questions & Answers
  • Course Evaluation
  • Adjourn

M2 Prerequisites

M2 participants must hold a valid clinical license and must have successfully completed M1-Basic Training. 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.

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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