Essential Training Overview

Graston Technique (GT) therapy is an advanced form of instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), 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 students and clinicians to GT therapy, its clinical applications, physiological effects/benefits, and potential contraindication.

Training Fee: $650
Student Training Fee: $550

By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Graston instruments, GT treatments, potential effects, and benefits
  • Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute)
  • 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

EXPLORE TRAINING OPTIONS

In-Person Training

Our standard 12-hour, in-person group training held over two consecutive days at regional locations.

Hybrid Training

A 3-hour self-paced precourse followed by a 9-hour, one day in-person group training held at regional locations.

Live Online Training

A 3-hour, self-paced precourse followed by multiple group video teleconference sessions hosted by a GT trainer.

Self-Paced Training

Presented in video format, this self-paced online training can be completed anywhere when you have time to train.

Essential Training Overview

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 PowerPoint presentation and Training Materials.

PREREQUISITES

Essential Training participants must be fully licensed professionals who possess a well-developed working knowledge of the human neuromusculoskeletal system and its major structures. A review of the anatomical structures of the spine, and upper and lower extremities is most appropriate prior to attending the course. 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.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Graston Technique Instructors determine by direct observation that all participants have attained an acceptable level of safe and effective techniques during laboratory practice sessions. Graston Technique maintains a low 14-16 participants: 1 instructor ratio so that all participants receive the feedback necessary to assure their skill acquisition and performance.

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