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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation Meets Application | May 25th – 26th, 2024

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation Meets Application | May 25th - 26th, 2024


May 25, 2024 - May 26, 2024    
8:00 am - 5:30 pm


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Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks
141 East High Street, Pottstown, PA, 19464

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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation Meets Application
CEs: 14 

Cost: $350

Date: May 25-26, 2024

Time: First Day 8:00 AM-5:30 PM, Second Day 8:30 AM-5:15 PM

Instructor: Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM, NASM-CPT;  CE PROVIDER #1000532

Course Description:
Pinnacle Training and Consulting Systems has created a dynamic two-day myofascial release and instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation(IASTM) live seminar. This seminar was designed to teach the foundation of what fascia is, the function of fascia, active and latent trigger points, and common referral pain patterns. To identify the foundation of myofascial release, and practice the most effective clinical techniques for the cervical, shoulder, thoracic, lumbar spine, hip, knee, and ankle. In addition, to identify what Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation(IASTM) is, precautions, contraindications, common effective strokes for the upper and lower body designed to complement your manual toolbox. Most importantly, to save your hands. By the end of this seminar, you will feel refreshed with a new arsenal of information and skills that you can apply immediately the next day with your patients.


Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Interpret 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 who has active or latent trigger points in their upper trapezius muscle.
  • Defend the selection of one IASTM tool and treatment plan for a specified clinical condition. 
  • Compare mechanical and physiologic responses of IASTM when provided with a case study.
  • Identify three key differences between a fascial restriction and muscle tightness.
  • Identify two indications and two contraindications of IASTM for an instructor named clinical condition. 
  • Interpret the rationale behind IASTM by comparing mechanical vs. neurological responses using the most current research.
  • Identify what fascia is, and how to identify common fascial restrictions using the IASTM and the latest research.
  • Compare the difference between the clinical patterns of spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and lumbar radiculopathy in terms of each diagnosis behavior of symptoms, clinical findings, and common muscle imbalances. 
  • Identify 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. 


Parking is limited to three hours in front of AMTB; students should refrain from parking in front of AMTB and other High Street businesses.  There is a paid parking lot located on Hanover Street (across from Sherwin Williams).  Students can pay for parking using the kiosk or the Park Mobile App.  We recommend that students download the parking app and add their license plate and credit card information prior to coming to class. Park where you are comfortable, but AMTB is not responsible for student vehicles or parking fines. 




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