Treating without Pain: Hand Therapy Treatment Concepts Including Taping, IASTM, and Joint Alignment

This one-day, combined concepts course will give you new techniques that can be used immediately with numerous “take home” tips and pearls. It will include significant demonstration, lab and video evidence to present the concept of “Treating without Pain”.

Focus on the 4 S’s: Skin, Swelling, Scar and Sensation, as well as joint alignment and balance. Explore techniques on how to improve joint ROM, eliminate pain, and eliminate compensation patterns for faster outcomes. Current research will be included to support these concepts.

This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

Please note that this course is prerequisite to Treating Tendonitis in the Upper Extremity including Taping, IASTM, and Joint Alignment. Usually, both courses are offered at the same location on consecutive days.

Course Objectives:

After completion of this course, therapist will be able to:

  • Identify 3 Movement With Motion (MWM) components to increase range of motion for a patient with a fractured finger.
  • List 2 Agonist and Antagonist muscle relationships in a patient with Tennis Elbow
  • Develop a treatment plan, including taping, cupping and IASTM strokes to enhance movement and space in a patient with a wrist fracture
  • Given a patient with ECU Tendonitis, create a treatment plan including 2 appropriate taping techniques
  • Identify 2 strengthening exercises to reduce pain in a patient with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CE Credits

7.5 contact hours

BOC Skill Level: Advanced

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.

Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: Approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for .7 CEUs. (Course must be taken between 05-1-2019 and 04-30-2023)

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)

Ohio Physical Therapy Association: This course is approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association for 7.5 contact hours. (Course must be taken between 10-16-2020 and 10-16-2021)

Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners as meeting continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs for 7.5 CEU. Approval #70322. (Course must be taken between 07-20-2019 and 07-19-2021)

Board of Certification, Inc (BOC) Approved Provider #P8271: Rehab Education, LLC is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 7.5 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider #6177: See states that currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT): Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT): Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) / ProCert has awarded certification in the amount of 6 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) to this activity. Approved CCUs are a unit of relative value of an activity based on its evaluation against a rigorous and comprehensive set of standards representing the quality of an activity. The CCU determination is a valuation applying many factors including, but not limited to, duration of the activity. No conclusion should be drawn that CCUs correlate to course hours. (Course must be taken between 07-2-2019 and 07-1-2021) Please check with your state physical therapy board to determine if they currently accept the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) certification.

  • AOTA Approval States

    These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:

    District of Columbia
    New Hampshire
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota

    *Disclaimer: Rehab Education LLC provides this list for your convenience. At the time of listing, the following state boards accept courses by virtue of approval by other organizations. It is the responsibility of the participant registering for a course to check with their state board to confirm rules and regulations regarding acceptance of contact hours for live and online courses.

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other state PT boards or APTA state associations*:

    North Carolina

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other APTA state associations*:

    Rhode Island

    The following PT Boards accept courses provided by AOTA approved providers*:

    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    *NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)

    +HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission  (view recertification requirements)
    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

    State PT Boards
    State OT Boards

Day One

7:30 – 8:.00 Registration
8:00 – 8:45 Introduction to the concepts of Taping, “MWM” (mobilization with motion) and Fascia (Cupping/IASTM)
8:45 – 9:30 Applications to the Hand- Skin, Swelling, Scar and Sensation- LAB
9:30 – 9:45 Concepts of Muscle Imbalance and Joint Alignment in the UE
9:45 -10.00 Break
10:00 -11.00 Finger Fractures and Injuries – LAB
11:00 – 12:00 Hand Fractures and Injuries- LAB
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Wrist Fractures and Injuries- LAB
(Dequervain’s, ECU Tendonitis, TFCC)
2:00 – 3:00 Elbow Fractures and Injuries – LAB  (Tennis Elbow, Dislocation, fractures)
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 CMC OA, Carpal Tunnel – LAB
4:15 – 5:00 Research Discussion, Summary, Questions


Alison Taylor, OTR/L, CHT, CKTI

graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1990, from Sydney University, Australia. She has worked in and out of the United States for over 29 years and obtained her CHT in 2001. Since that time Alison has presented at 6 ASHT Conferences, multiple state ASHT and OT conferences, and special interest group meetings in GA, IL, NH, SC, TX and LA.

She became a KinesioTaping Instructor in 2011 and actively lectures throughout the USA on UE and LE taping.  Alison presented at the International KinesioTaping symposium in Hawaii in 2017 on “Tennis Elbow”, and was published in the Kinesio “Advanced Healing Magazine”

Alison is a guest lecturer for the OT programs at Texas Women’s University (Denton) and LSU (Shreveport). She lectures nationally on Hand Therapy and is developing protocols for tennis elbow and radial nerve impairment. Her specialties include hands, UE sports orthopedics and tendonitis.  Her background also includes neurology, geriatrics, spinal cord and acute care.

Classes taught by Alison Taylor:

Course was dynamic; provided practical application with comprehensive explanations for clinical reasoning.