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Essential Hybrid In-Person Training

The Hybrid In-Person mode of training begins with a 3-hour, self-paced precourse followed by an all day, hands on, in-person session hosted by a GT Instructor at a clinic or facility near you.

Overview

The objective of Essential Training is to introduce students and clinicians to GT therapy, its clinical applications, physiological effects/benefits, and potential contraindications. As a result, GT Providers can effectively treat the adverse effects of scar tissue and fascial restrictions as well as improve and maintain optimal range of motion.

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

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Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Graston Technique© brand instruments, GT treatments, potential effects, and benefits.

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Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of GT.

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Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury, healing and potential reactivity to instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic and adverse).

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Develop skill and competence in the GT application of IASTM to the major regions of soft tissue.

Essential Hybrid Training

Graston Technique (GT) therapy is an advanced form of instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization, 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.

 

Essential Training Package: $2545 $2545
Student Essential Training Package: $2375 $2375

Training Agenda

Hour 1

Participants will identify & discuss the effects, benefits, physiological responses, indications & contraindications for GT therapy.

    • Welcome and introduction to technique
    • History, physiological rationale of IASTM, principles relating to soft-tissue dysfunction
    • Indications & contraindications
    • Anticipated responses and results from using GT instruments on soft-tissue conditions

Hour 1 – 2

Participants will observe and then practice proper handholds and treatment strokes using GT instruments.

 

    • Introduction to the six GT stainless steel instruments
    • Description of each instrument
    • Proper handholds and treatment strokes
    • Video demonstration of basic strokes – Scanning, Sweeping, Strumming, Brushing, Swiveling, Scooping, J-strokes and Framing
    • How to make a soft-tissue assessment using GT instruments

Hour 2 – 3

    • Concepts of evidence-based practice as related to GT research
    • Clinical integration of IASTM
    • GT research

Hour 3-4

Participants will select the proper instrument and demonstrate GT techniques (scan, sweep, strum, swivel, scoop, frame, brush and j-stroke) on knee and thigh.

Thigh and Knee Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum, frame and j-stroke the thigh and knee
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 4-5.5

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate GT techniques (scan, sweep, strum, swivel, scoop, frame, brush and j-stroke) on pelvic region

Hip, Pelvis, and ITB Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum, frame and j-stroke the pelvic region
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 5.5-6.5

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on foot and ankle

Foot and Ankle Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the foot and ankle
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 6.5-7.5

Participants will discuss & observe techniques and treatment protocol on edema and scars

Edema and Scar Lab

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Participants will identify and discuss concepts of evidence-based practice as related to GT research.

    • Evidence-based practice
    • GT research

Participants will identify & discuss concepts of clinical practice integration, updated GT research, and documentation billing concerns.

    • GT clinical integration
    • Documentation
    • Billing

Hour 7.5-8.5

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on hand, forearm and elbow.

Hand, Forearm, and Elbow Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke the hand, forearm and elbow
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 8.5-10

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on the shoulder.

Shoulder Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the shoulder
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in this area
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 10-11.5

Participants will select proper instruments and demonstrate techniques on the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spines.

Cervical and ThoracoLumbar Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 11.5-12

Participants will identify resources available after leaving this course.

    • Course Wrap-up
    • What to do on Monday
    • Available resources
    • Q and A
    • Course Evaluation

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