Advanced Training Overview
Advanced Training highlights the 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. In addition, we will introduce five new advanced treatment strokes.
Participants of Advanced Training will learn to select and implement the most efficient and effective GT therapy interventions, while restoring function and alleviating pain. The goal is to advance the student or clinician’s skills in the successful management of musculoskeletal dysfunction specifically using Graston Technique therapy and movement.
Essential Training must be completed before registering for Advanced Training. Please sign up or log in to verify your level of training.
Training Fee: $695
Student Training Fee: $595
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify 3 key features of the myofascial system that would benefit from a 3-dimensional treatment approach
- Demonstrate 7 functional movement patterns into an orthopedic assessment
- Identify the indications and contraindications of Graston Technique® therapy
- Demonstrate 3 IASTM treatment interventions into a plan of care for a patient
with a tendinosis
- Demonstrate 3 IASTM treatment interventions into a plan of care for a patient
with a mobility deficit
- Design a treatment program utilizing 3 different movement patterns during an
IASTM treatment for a patient with a motor control deficit
EXPLORE Advanced TRAINING OPTIONS
Our standard 14-hour, in-person group training held over two consecutive days at regional locations.
Live Online Training
A 4-hour, self-paced pre-course followed by multiple group video teleconference sessions hosted by a GT trainer.
Presented in video format, this self-paced online training can be completed anywhere when you have time to train.
Additional Advanced Training Information
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 PowerPoint presentation, prepared case analyses, and the Participant Packet including its handouts.
Advanced Training participants must hold a valid clinical license and must have successfully completed Essential 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 review of the anatomical structures of the spine, and upper and lower extremities is most appropriate prior to attending the course.
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.
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.
Advanced training participants are assessed using an Advanced Training Rubric completed by the GT Instructor that verifies that each participant has achieved the acceptable level of Essential and Advanced learning activity performance by the completion of the course.
ADVANCED TRAINING FAQs
Am I required to purchase instruments to attend Essential training?
You are not required to purchase instruments to benefit from GT Training because GT supplies the instruments for the Essential and Advanced in-person, hybrid, and live online training events. Instruments are included with our Essential Self-Paced Training package. However, Graston Technique is designed to work best with Graston Technique Instruments – and if you would like to become a GT Provider after the training you need instruments for that certification. We offer flexible financing plans as well as an instrument reservation program that ensures you’ll be able to take instruments home with you after your training.
How much does Advanced Self-Paced Training cost?
The course consists of 14 modules with a maximum of 30 days to complete the training. Self-Paced Advanced Training costs $695. Please call in at 888.926.2727 for student and veteran pricing. The cost for Self-Paced Advanced Training with an instrument set is $2490. Please call in at 888.926.2727 for payment plan details. Clinicians have the opportunity to save $100 when registering for Advanced Training within the 30 days following your Essential Training date.
What kind of results does Graston Technique® produce?
Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, pre- and post-surgical patients and maintaining optimal range of motion.
Do you have payment plans available?
Graston Technique now offers an in-house Deferred Payment Plan on purchases over $1500. Use our payment calculator during checkout to determine your downpayment amount and the duration to calculate your monthly payment. Prefer to talk to a human being? Call us today at 888-926-2727.
Who is eligible for training?
GT training is multi-disciplinary and is available to the following professionals:
- Canadian Massage Therapists
- Certified Hand Therapists
- Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers
- Certified Personal Trainers
- Cross Fit Trainers
- Medical Physicians
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapists/Physiotherapists
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Students (In the final year of one of the above programs)
- Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS)
- U.S. Massage Therapists (see below)
U.S. Massage Therapist Requirements
With the guidance of some of the top advisors in the field of massage therapy, we have found the appropriate balance of education and experience that will allow massage therapists to be successful in the application of Graston Technique® therapy.
- Current massage therapy license or certification
- Pass exam or be certified in MBLEx, NCBTMB, NCETMB, NCETM, or NESL
- or work in an office with a licensed PT, DC, or ATC
- 750 clinical hours of education with 250 hands-on hours of experience.
What is the course format for Advanced Self-Paced training?
The course consists of 12 chapters with a maximum of 30 days to complete the training. 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 Advanced Training PowerPoint presentation, prepared case analyses, videos of selected Graston Technique® therapy techniques, and the Advanced Training Manual including its handouts. Participants are assessed using an Advanced Rubric completed by the Graston Technique® Instructor that verifies that each Advanced participant has achieved the acceptable level of Essential and Advanced learning activity performance by the completion of the Advanced course.