Soft tissue pathology plays a primary role in limiting mobility, often resulting in profound loss of function for those with injuries. This basic one-day course covers the theory and intervention strategies for identifying and treating soft tissue restrictions utilizing Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques. In this case-study-based course, participants will receive hands-on instruction in the proper use of IASTM through a lab-focused teaching format.

Lab attire consisting of shorts, as well as swimsuit or halter-tops for women is required to allow for proper practice of techniques. Tools will be provided for use during the course.

Course Prerequisite: EB abstracts will be emailed to participants prior to the course

Read more about Targeting Restrictions with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization


During the hands-on lab sessions, the course instructor will evaluate each IASTM technique to determine 100% proficiency of all basic treatment strokes using the beveled IASTM tool. This will be determined by direct observation and correction of any issues with techniques. A post-test at the end of the course is used to review new knowledge.

At the end of the course each participant will be given a course evaluation and a self reflective questionnaire

Course Objectives:


At the completion of this program the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the 12 precautions and 12 contraindications for IASTM use with orthopedic patients
  • Recognize how each of the following soft tissue dysfunctions could impact motion of the spine and extremities: scar tissue, joint contracture, fascial restrictions, hyper facilitated muscles, and limited neural mobility
  • Choose 2 appropriate IASTM treatments for movement dysfunctions resulting from but not limited to hyper or hypo-facilitated muscle tissue, fascia restrictions, joint stiffness, scar adhesions, and pain limited movement loss
  • Apply the appropriate IASTM treatment edge: concave, convex, broad vs. small contact, single bevel, or double bevel, for specific soft tissue dysfunctions of the spine and extremities
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal soft tissue of the extremities and trunk using 2 IASTM assessment strokes based on patient response, tissue feel, and resonance of the IASTM tool
  • Choose all appropriate strokes from the following list of basic IASTM strokes (sweeping, fanning, brushing, strumming, framing, rolling, and fileting) to be used for problem-solving various case studies
  • Identify and differentiate how each IASTM intervention (proprioception, soft tissue movement based restrictions) can be integrated into the overall treatment program for orthopedic patients.
  • Choose the appropriate billing code: either manual therapy or neuromuscular re-education, based on the type or treatment or expected effect of treatment using IASTM

CE Credits

BOC Skill Level: Essential

7.5 contact hours
This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.


Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 7.5 contact hours.

NJ Board of Chiropractic Examiners: The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners has approved Rehab Education as a pre-approved provider/sponsor of chiropractic continuing education courses. This course has been approved for 7.5 contact hours. (Course must be taken between 09-1-2019 and 08-31-2021)

NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)

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Day 1
7:30 – 8:00am Registration – sign in
8:00 – 8:45 Introduction – Theoretical basis of IASTM, review of current literature
8:45 – 10:00 Contraindications/precautions, basic handling, tool selection, and basic treatment strokes lab
10:00 – 10:15 Break
Case Study Teaching Labs:

The remainder of Day 1 will consist of a series of Clinical Case Studies selected to teach basic skills needed to become proficient in the application of IASTM treatment. Participants will be presented with learning objectives and problems that they will work through in small groups. Each case study will be reviewed and treatment skills demonstrated by the instructors to be practiced during hands-on Labs. Relevant evidence will be reviewed and discussed for each case study.

10:15 – 12:00 Basic case studies teaching lab

  • Thigh Strain (quad or hamstring)
  • Forearm Strain (Flexor or extensor)
  • Patella Femoral Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow / Golfer’s Elbow
12:00 – 1:00 Break for Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Basic case studies teaching lab

  • Shoulder Pain
  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Hand Contusion
  • Finger injuries
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:45 Basic case studies teaching lab

  • Disorders of lumbosacral region
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome – Trochanteric Bursitis – Hip Pain
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Ankle Sprain/Calf Strain
  • Plantar Fasciitis – Heel Pain
4:45 – 5:00 Documentation, Post-course assessment

Mark ButlerMark W. Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, is a board certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist and Mckenzie certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine. He started his own practice eighteen months after graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of Science in Philadelphia), which he sold to NovaCare in 1997.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMDNJ, guest lecturer at Stockton College in New Jersey, and Medical College of Virginia where he lectures on Advanced Orthopedics, Neural Mobilization, Radiology, and Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ Disorders. Mark is also a continuing education speaker on Evaluation and Treatment of Brachial Plexopathies, Neural Mobilization, the lumbar spine, and the shoulder. He was honored in 2006 with the James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award by the APTAnj.

He presented at the national conference in Hollywood of the American Society of Hand Therapists on Evaluation and Treatment of the Brachial Plexopathy Patient. His lecture series was selected as the featured topic on CD ROM to be available to the ASHT membership.

Mark is a frequent presenter at conferences, including the APTAnj annual conference, the InNovations and Sports Medicine conferences at the Philadelphia Eagles Complex, and the Cincinnati Fracture conference. He authored the shoulder chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity, which was published in 2006.

Mark continues to manage the NovaCare Medford outpatient clinic, where the majority of his caseload is brachial plexopathy, shoulder, and spine patients.

Classes taught by Mark W. Butler:

Andreas MuellerAndreas Mueller, PT, CFMT is a licensed physical therapist and Certified Functional Manual Therapist specializing in orthopedic manual therapy.  His expertise is in the treatment of complex chronic pain patients. His treatment focus is on the specific utilization of joint and soft tissue mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), differential diagnosis and exercise prescription.

Andreas has instructed continuing education courses nationally and locally since 2003. His courses include Therapeutic Exercise Prescription, Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder, Cervical Differential Diagnosis, Soft Tissue Mobilizations, Manual Therapy of the Upper Quarter, Orthopedic Surgical Update of the Shoulder and Knee and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

In addition to his continuing education instruction he frequently guest lectures as Texas State University’s School of Physical Therapy, has developed and leads a local mentorship program, serves as the Clinical Coordinator of Continuing Education (CCCE) and has been a clinical instructor since 2002. In 2007 he received the Texas Consortium Dorn Clinical Instructor Award for his excellence in clinical education.

Andreas continues to be the lead therapist and center manager at a Select Physical Therapy clinic in Austin, TX. His case load includes patients from all ages between adolescence to senior dealing with orthopedic and higher level neurological conditions.

Classes taught by Andreas Mueller:


Note: Early Bird rates are in effect if your application is postmarked four weeks or more prior to registration.Early Bird RateLate Registration Rate
Introduction to Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)$299.00$349.00

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