Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation IASTM – 12 Hours (Text+🎥)



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This course has been designed to provide a systematic, evidence-based approach that can be directly applied to your patients. By attending this course, you will gain new knowledge on Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), learn how to assess your patients more efficiently and practice the skills that you will learn from the home study course. This course is intended for therapists and therapist assistants and covers foundational material often not taught in PT, PTA, OT, OTA, and massage therapy schools.

The Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation course is divided into twelve separate chapters. 

  • Chapter 1: Foundation and why behind of IASTM
  • Chapter 2: Research and effectiveness of IASTM
  • Chapter 3:  Principles and benefits of IASTM
  • Chapter 4: Physiologic and neurophysiologic responses of IASTM
  • Chapter 5: Type of tools available
  • Chapter 6: Type of strokes, application and use
  • Chapter 7: Indications, precautions, and contraindications with IASTM
  • Chapter 8: Fascia, fascial chain and the fascial slings
  • Chapter 9: Trigger points and adaptive shortening
  • Chapter 10: Clinical Patterns of Movement Dysfunctions and using IASTM
  • Chapter 11:  IASTM techniques for the upper body, including cervical, shoulder, thoracic, and elbow regions
  • Chapter 12: IASTM techniques for the lower body, including lumbar, hip, knee, and ankle regions


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Interpret and list two sources on the foundation and origin of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) and the latest research as it applies clinically.
  • Apply the fanning stroke with a patient with active or latent trigger points in their upper trapezius muscle.
  • Independently defend the selection of one IASTM tool and treatment plan for a specified clinical condition.
  • Correctly compare mechanical and physiologic responses of IASTM when provided with a case study.
  • Explain three key differences between a fascial restriction and muscle tightness.
  • Identify two indications and two contraindications of IASTM for an instructor-named clinical condition.
  • Explain the rationale behind IASTM by comparing mechanical vs. neurological responses using the most current research.
  • Understand fascia and how to identify common fascial restrictions using the IASTM and the latest research.
  • Based on the instructor’s specified example indicating evaluation findings, will accurately choose the IASTM technique to manage the condition.
  • Compare the clinical patterns of spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and lumbar radiculopathy in terms of each diagnosis behavior of symptoms, clinical findings, and common muscle imbalances.
  • Compare an active trigger point vs. a latent trigger point for patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
  • Justify the IASTM tool selected based on the presence of trigger points in a therapy evaluation.
  • Design a plan of care, including the IASTM, for a patient diagnosed with either a rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, shoulder impingement, or similar diagnoses.


Author: Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM

Contact Hours: PTs/PTAs 12 Hours (12 PDU / 12 CEUs) | AOTA 1.2 CEUs | Licensed Massage Therapists 7 CEUs

Massage Therapy (LMTs) Credit: NCBTMB CEU Hours: 7 CEUs – Approved Provider. Provider ID: 1000555 (Expires: March 03, 2027)

Cost: $95 / Participant

Educational Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None 

AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1 – OT Service Delivery

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training Videos + Post-Test). A minimum passing score of 70% is required for course completion. A Printable (Pdf) Certificate By Email. 

Target Audience: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Other Health Professionals 

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Biologix Solutions LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 9837. This distance learning-independent is offered at 1,2 CEUs, Intermediate, Category 1 – OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply the endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The current term of approval extends from 6/21/2017 through 6/30/2032. Provider ID: 9837. Approval

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