Have you completed the Essential Training?

Advanced Training is only available to those who have successfully completed Essential Training.

Advanced Live Online Training

The Advanced Live Virtual Training begins with a 4-hour, self-paced precourse.  After that, we will follow it up with group video teleconference sessions by a GT Instructor.

The Advanced Live Virtual Training 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. This course aims to advance the student or clinician’s skills in successfully managing musculoskeletal dysfunction using Graston Technique therapy and movement.

Training Agenda

Hour 0 – 1.5

Participants will identify & discuss the effects, benefits, physiological responses, indications & contraindications for the Graston Technique® based on empirical evidence regarding manual therapy and its effects on the human neuromyofascial system. Participants will also review the proper handholds and Essential treatment strokes using GT instruments.

    • Welcome and Introduction to Advanced training
    • Principles relating to soft-tissue dysfunction 
    • Anticipated responses and results from using Graston instruments on the human neuromyofascial system (quick overview) 
    • Review of each Graston instrument
    • Review of Essential handholds and treatment strokes 
    • Review the most common applications of Scanning, Sweeping, Strumming, Brushing, Swiveling, Scooping, J-strokes, and Framing (regional applications)

Hour 1.5 – 3

Participants will identify & discuss the human neuromyofascial system with regard to its physiology, and structural considerations.

    • Fascial physiology & structural considerations 
    • Anticipated responses and results from using Graston instruments on the human neuromyofascial system (Expanded discussion to include relevant research updates) 
    • Indications & Contraindications
    • Documentation & Billing
    • Advanced Treatment Parameters
    • Advanced Treatment Algorithm

Hour 3-4

Participants will view a demonstration and then practice additional Advanced strokes (IA Skin Rolling, c-bowing, fascial spiral, pin and stretch/glide, interface rock/scoop).

    • 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” & Advanced Treatment Algorithm

Hour 4 – 5.5

Participants will identify & discuss functional testing & its role in identifying the dysfunction in the human neuromyofascial system and will view demonstration of GT Advanced techniques to improve mobility & motor control of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spines.

    • What is Functional Testing & Common Systems 
    • Test/Treat/Retest 
    • Regional Interdependence o Selecting Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) as a Means of Defecting Dysfunction in the Human Neuromyofascial System 
    • Functional Testing of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbosacral Spines 
    • Essential & Advanced Strokes applied to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spines static tissue preparation then addition of movement & load

Hour 5.5 – 7

Participants will view a demonstration of then practice GT Advanced techniques to improve mobility & motor control of the abdominal wall, diaphragm & anterior pelvis.

    • Why Assess Breathing 
    • Breathing & Abdominal Wall Assessments 
    • Functional Testing of the abdominal wall, diaphragm & anterior pelvis 
    • Essential & Advanced Strokes applied to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spines static tissue preparation then the addition of movement & load

Hour 7 – 7.5

Participants will view a demonstration of then practice GT scar mobilization & edema techniques with movement & load.

    • GT Scar Mobilization Principles 
    • Nudging, Lifting & Skin Rolling Scars with movement & load 
    • GT Edema Techniques

Hour 7.5 – 8

Participants will review Advanced concepts and the Advanced algorithm .

    • Review of Advanced Concepts 
    • Advanced Algorithm

Hours 8 – 9

Participants will identify concepts related to tendinopathy (specifically tendinosis) in light of most recent empirical evidence.

    • 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

Hours 9 – 10.5

Participants will view demonstration of then practice GT tendinosis protocol on selected UE cases.

    • Functional Testing of the UE 
    • Essential & Advanced strokes applied to the UE static tissue preparation then addition of movement & load

Hours 10.5 – 12

Participants will view a demonstration of then practice GT tendinosis protocol on selected LE cases.

    • Functional Testing of the LE 
    • Essential & Advanced strokes applied to the LE static tissue preparation then addition of movement & load

Hours 12 – 12.5

Active learning lab

    • Participants will be given a clinical case & will demonstrate a GT treatment progression based on concepts learned in Advanced

Hours 12.5 – 13

Course wrap-up/questions & answers

      • Practice integration 
      • Questions & Answers

    EXPLORE MORE TRAINING OPTIONS

    In-Person Training

    Our standard 14-hour, in-person group training held over two consecutive days at regional locations.

    Self-Paced Training

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