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Level 1 Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
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Smart Tools Plus (STP) education and tools are a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy. The five stainless steel instruments were designed for the unique programming taught in our classes. The purpose of this Level 1 training is to introduce clinicians to STP programming and tools and workshop each and every region of the body. Level 1 training includes assessment, treatment, physiological effects/benefits and indication/contraindications to IASTM.

10/7/2017 to 10/8/2017
When: October 7-8, 2017
8a-5p
Where: WATTAGE
1044 W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois  60642
United States
Presenter: Sponsor: Smart Tools
Contact: Nicholas Colosi
440-320-4430

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Full Course Description

 

This course lays the foundation for how to properly use the SMART Tools most effectively with respect to movement. The tools were made specifically for these technique protocols to produce superior patient outcomes compared to other IASTM technique. This is an evidence-based technique that stresses early loading exercises and kinesiology tape after SMART Tools treatment.

The goal of therapy is to provide an optimal environment for the healing, by either modifying physiologic responses to injury (e.g., inflammation, muscle spasms, pain) or enhancing components of the normal musculoskeletal function (e.g., increase range of motion, increased muscular strength). No single therapeutic approach in isolation will completely resolve an impairment of musculoskeletal function. Smart Tool Plus® represents an approach to soft tissue manipulation that uses five different stainless steel instruments to release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. SMART Tools are designed to be used in conjunction with a thorough medical evaluation, movement based examination and other modalities to help patients overcome injuries.

Therapeutic stretches and exercises (preferably eccentric exercises) are necessary to promote tissue lengthening and collagen fiber realignment, which help to prevent the released tissue from becoming restricted again.


The primary objective of Level 1 is to develop an understanding of STP and how to apply it into the full spectrum of musculoskeletal treatment approaches. By the end of the training, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the STP instruments, STP treatments and potential effects and benefits.
- Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of IASTM.
- 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 STP application of IASTM to the major regions of the spine and extremities.

Treatment effects of IASTM
- Break up abnormal densities in tissue
- Stimulate nervous system
- Reinitiate first-stage healing in the body via proliferation

IASTM techniques aim to treat the following Tissue Extensibility Dysfunctions (TEDs):
- Scarring & Fibrosis
- Fascial Tension & Densification
- Neural Tension 
- Muscle Shortening
- Neurologic Restriction
- Trigger Points

Level 1 Course Objectives

The primary objective of Level 1 is to develop an understanding of STP and how to apply it into
the full spectrum of musculoskeletal treatment approaches. By the end of the training, students
will be able to:
● Demonstrate a working knowledge of the STP instruments, STP treatments and potential
effects and benefits.
● Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of IASTM.
● Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury, healing and potential
reactivity to instrumentassisted
soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic and adverse).
● Develop skill and competence in the STP application of IASTM to the major regions of
the spine and extremities.
Level 1

 

 

Registration: www.smarttoolsplus.com


Program Content Area: Orthopedics

Course Type: Classroom

Instructional Level: Basic
Intended Audience: PT, PTA, ATC, DC
CE Contact Hours: 13
Course Approval: IPTA Approval # 773-6754


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