FMT Blades Advanced

by Dr Steve Capobioanco

Online Course
C$ 210

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Until now, choices were limited if you wanted to learn how instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) could integrate into your patient/athlete care.

You had to buy expensive tools and attend an expensive class that locked you into one way of utilizing IASTM.

Not anymore.

FMT Blades Advanced Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Course  introduces the concept of mechanical gliding of skin, fascia and nerve.  It also presents concepts of neuro-sensory pain modulation via Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. IASTM tools are designed to be used with very gentle applications of force, aggressive techniques with heavy pressure are no longer required. The anatomy, physiology and neurology of myofascial soft tissue is presented, along with a review of concepts of interlayer connective tissue gliding during normal human movement.

Students will learn IASTM techniques using a rubber sleeve attachment for added tissue traction to treat gliding dysfunctions of skin, fascia and nerve.  FMT Blades Advanced IASTM  also introduces pain modulation techniques via use of an additional IASTM tool attachment, the neurosensory comb.

This course is intended for  health  professionals who have already attained a basic understanding of IASTM techniques.

Functional Movement Training (FMT) courses are taught by industry leading experts in movement assessment, performance and rehabilitation. CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, LMTs, LAc, OTs and personal trainers. If your profession & province is unavailable, we do not currently offer CEUs – however, we are continually adding additional licenses.

Note: Tools are not provided with this course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define, understand and integrate the myofascial sequencing model
  • Discover and explore neuroanatomy of the dermal/fascial subsystem
  • Recognize and demonstrate skin/fascial glide screening process
  • Describe and interpret the research of IASTM in regard to connective tissue gliding and discomfort* modulation
  • Discuss the clinical indications for use of silicone sleeve attachment vs comb attachment  
  • Practice, demonstrate and integrate advanced IASTM techniques using silicone sleeve and comb attachments when indicated
  • Analyze and critique common cutaneous nerve entrapments of the upper & lower extremity and trunk
  • Compare and contrast the rationale for providing dry fascial gliding strokes to reduce cutaneous nerve entrapments

Course Procedure

This course is 6 hours in length and a 30 Question multiple choice quiz will be required after completing the course to receive your CEU certificate. A 70% test score is required to pass and receive CEUs. The quiz can be open book and unlimited attempts on the quiz are allowed.

Course Content

FMT Blades Advanced (IASTM)

Steve Capobianco, DC


Dr. Capobianco holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Steve is a practicing sports chiropractor, currently holding a Diplomate in Rehab from the ACA, in addition he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and a Performance Enhancement Specialists from the NASM. He is a certified in Active Release and Graston Technique provider that allows him to treat a myriad of musculoskeletal injuries using a combination of hand and tool release therapy.

Steve recently launched a sports specific rehab and performance institute called ProjectMOVE in Denver Colorado that focuses on identifying motor control dysfunction in an attempt to enhance human performance from the professional athlete to weekend warrior.

Steve is an avid athlete with a passion for sports. He has spent 25 years competing in ice hockey, lacrosse, triathlons, adventure racing, and natural bodybuilding. Steve is the Medical Director

Hour One

  • Welcome & introduction of instructor and course participants
  • Overview of outline of the course; introduction of topics that will be covered as well as description of practical lab experience and presentation of case studies.
  • What is FMT? Functional Movement Training

Concepts not techniques (Ch 1)

  • Review of the RockTape Movement Pyramid

IASTM Toolkit Redefined (Ch 2)

  • Introducing mechanical/neurological effects of instrument assisted techniques
  • Introducing main principles of mobility restriction – fascial gliding
  • Introducing main principles of sensory modulated pain control

Novel Screening Approaches for Fascia, Skin and Nerve (Ch 3)

  • DRANS Screening methodology and practice
  • Screening demonstration and student practice
  • Instructor Feedback on screening procedures 

Affective Pain Touch Concepts (Ch 4)

  • The RockTape Blades Blueprint
  • Graded Exposure System

Dosage Matters (Ch 5)

  • Tissue Tolerance Concept
  • Fibroblast anatomy, physiology and effects of IASTM on this cell
  • Indications/Contraindications

Hour Two

Pain Mitigation (Ch 6)

  • Neurological Connection
  • Sensory Stimulation – Interoreception, Pain Gate Theory, Neuromatrix Model Graphesthesia Technique – Movement/Sensory Mapping
  • Student Practical and Instructor Feedback

Hour Three

Tissue Glide Approach (Ch 7)

  • Graded Exposure, IASTM Skill Practice, Application and Technique
  • The Glide Method – Grip and Glide
  • Skin/Fascial Glide Screening Method
  • Treatment Vectors
  • MSK DX US integration and application
  • Progressive TX Method – External Glide, Internal Glide, Movement
  • Pain Modulation Stroke – Combing Technique (C-Fiber Stimulation)
  • Student Practical and Instructor Feedback

Hour Four

Cutaneous Nerve Entrapments (Ch 8)

  • Cutaneous Nerve Anatomy and Physiology
  • Grommet Holes
  • Signs, Symptoms and Solutions
  • Causes of this pathology

Hour Five

Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes and Treatment (Ch 9)

  • Suprascapular Nerve Entrapment
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Review of Anatomy
  • Review of pathology/clinical presentation
  • Techniques for IASTM
  • Assessment and Reassessment, Lab Experience, Instructor Feedback

Trunk Entrapments, (Ch 10)

  • Sub Occipital Syndrome
  • Superior Cluneal Nerve Syndrome
  • Review of Anatomy
  • Review of pathology/clinical presentation
  • Techniques for IASTM
  • Assessment and Reassessment, Lab Experience, Instructor Feedback

Lower Extremity Nerve Entrapments (Ch 11)

  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Saphenous Nerve Entrapment
  • Superficial Peroneal Syndrome
  • Review of Anatomy
  • Review of pathology/clinical presentation
  • Techniques for IASTM
  • Assessment and Reassessment, Lab Experience, Instructor Feedback

Hour Six

Compression Floss Band Therapies (Ch 12)

  • Mechanisms of compression vs shear
  • Lower Extremity Practice and Instructor Feedback
  • Upper Extremity Practice and Instructor Feedback
  • Open and Closed Chain Meaningful Movements

Summary and Q & A (Ch 13)

Approval information coming soon

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