This 2-day hands on intensive seminar will help you learn a clinical and anatomical approach to myofascial release.  You will learn what fascia is, the function of fascia, active and latent trigger points, and common referral pain patterns.  Considerable lab time will allow you to observe and practice the most effective clinical techniques for the cervical/ thoracic/lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle. Heavy emphasis will be place on Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) to include precautions, contraindications, and effective techniques/strokes for the upper and lower body designed to complement your manual toolbox while preserving hand strength and avoiding chronic and repetitive injuries.  At the conclusion 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.  This course will provide the participant with the knowledge and skills necessary to immediately apply these techniques in the clinic environment.

This is an introductory level seminar.

This course is made available as an in-service option only. 

Should you like to offer this course to your staff please complete the in-service request form here.


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This is an introductory level workshop for PTs, PTAs, OTs, and ATs.

NOTE: Nothing in this course is to enable or permit the learner to apply techniques outside of the scope of practice in their individual state and discipline.


  • 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, how to identify common fascial restrictions using the IASTM and latest research.
  • Compare the difference between the clinical patterns of spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and lumbar radiculopathy in terms of each diagnosis’s 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.


  • Day 1

    8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 Foundation of IASTM
    9:00 Principles/Benefits/Tools Available
    10:00 BREAK
    10:15 LAB: Basic treatment strokes
    12:00 LUNCH
    1:00 Fascia, fascial chain and fascial slings
    1:45 LAB: Foundation of myofascial release techniques for Neck/Shoulder and Lumbar regions
    3:00 BREAK
    3:15 LAB: Assessment/Demo/IASTM Lab for cervical region
    5:30 Adjourn
  • Day 2

    8:00 Trigger points and adaptive shortening
    8:30 LAB: Common trigger point referral patterns of common movement dysfunctions
    10:00 BREAK
    10:15 LAB: Myofascial release techniques for hip
    11:30 LAB: Assessment and IASTM techniques for the hip region
    12:00 LUNCH
    1:00 LAB: (Continued) Assessment and IASTM techniques for the hip region
    1:45 Myofascial release techniques for lower foot and ankle
    3:15 LAB: IASTM techniques to the lower leg
    5:00 Q/A and Adjourn

Cancellation Policy

Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants nonrefundable airfare, accommodations or fees.