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October 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0

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2 day course 10/15-10/16
This course lays the foundation for how to properly use the SMART Tools most effectively with respect to movement. The tools were made specifically for these technique protocols to produce superior patient outcomes compared to other IASTM technique. This is an evidence-based technique that stresses early loading exercises and kinesiology tape after SMART Tools treatment.

The goal of therapy is to provide an optimal environment for the healing, by either modifying physiologic responses to injury (e.g., inflammation, muscle spasms, pain) or enhancing components of the normal musculoskeletal function (e.g., increase range of motion, increased muscular strength). No single therapeutic approach in isolation will completely resolve an impairment of musculoskeletal function. Smart Tool Plus® represents an approach to soft tissue manipulation that uses five different stainless steel instruments to release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. SMART Tools are designed to be used in conjunction with a thorough medical evaluation, movement based examination and other modalities to help patients overcome injuries.

Therapeutic stretches and exercises (preferably eccentric exercises) are necessary to promote tissue lengthening and collagen fiber realignment, which help to prevent the released tissue from becoming restricted again.

The primary objective of the Level 1 Certification course is to develop an understanding of the STP and how to apply it into the full spectrum of the musculoskeletal treatment approaches. By the end of the training, students will be able to:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the STP Instruments, STP treatments and potential effects and benefits.
Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of IASTM.
Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury, healing and potential reactivity to instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic and adverse).
Develop skill and competence in the STP application of the IASTM to the major regions of the spine and extremities.
Treatment effects of IASTM

Breakup abnormal densities in tissue
Stimulate nervous system
Reinitiate first-stage healing in the body via proliferation
SMART Tools IASTM techniques aim to treat the following Tissue Extensibility Dysfunctions


Scarring & Fibrosis
Facial Tension & Densification
Neural Tension
Muscle Shortening
Neurologic Restriction
Trigger Points
This isn’t Gua Sha, nor is this another general IASTM course. This is a movement-based IASTM course unlike anything currently offered. Our training course addresses the neurological component, as well as the physiological component of the IASTM and corrective exercises in ways other courses do not.

This course is designed for clinicians that either have never used tools or have been using tools for years. Each will come away with new, innovative material.

So if you want faster patient outcomes, quicker recovery time, improved clinician ergonomics to save your hands, and last but not least, no patient bruising, then register for a course today and add a powerful technique to your toolbox… no pun intended.

Early Bird Discount (For providers): at checkout for ($100 off registration).

Early Bird Discount (For Students): You MUST email us a copy of your school ID NO later then 2 weeks prior to the course. Failure to do so will result in a return of your funds less 25% for processing and cancellation fees.

For Providers: $599 ($499 early bird) registration + $599 Professional Set (at time of course purchase). After the course, the Professional Set is $699.

For Students: $299 ($250 early bird) registration + $499 Professional Set.

All Professional Set purchases w/course will be shipped to the location of the course.

*To be listed on our Provider Map, you must have taken Level 1 AND purchased our tools.


October 15, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
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Valeo Physical Therapy
(281) 402-1208


Valeo Physical Therapy
2323 Clear Lake City Blvd, Ste 130
Houston, TX 77062 United States
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(281) 402-1208