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Graston Technique®: Treating Movement Dysfunction through Functional Testing, Graston Technique® and Adjunctive Therapies

presented by Jacqueline Shakar

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Jackie Shakar is employed as a Clinical Advisor and Lead Instructor for Graston Technique, LLC. As such, she has permission to use trademark protected Graston Technique® therapy in the demonstrations in this course. Jackie Shakar receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial— Jackie Shakar has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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In this course, presented by Jackie Shakar of the Graston Technique®, using a case study mode of presentation, patients with movement dysfunction of the upper and lower quarter will be evaluated using a functional testing approach that highlights the principles of regional interdependence. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and a detailed assessment of posture and breathing according to principles of the Postural Restoration Institute are included. A review of relevant anatomy with a focus on current research concerning connective tissue and fascia and its response to manual therapy and exercise therapies is included. A detailed plan of care will be presented which emphasizes the inclusion of manual and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization via the Graston Technique® as it is applied statically then with 3D movement, load and provocation. Corrective exercise strategies that are determined based on the results of functional testing are included via demonstration and laboratory practice. Adjunctive therapies that complement the use of the Graston Technique® including neural flossing, kinesiology taping and self myofascial release techniques are included with respect to current available evidence regarding their effectiveness.

Meet Your Instructor

Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Jackie has been a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer for more than 36 years. She currently works in an outpatient facility and her clinical focuses include a wide spectrum of patients including those experiencing persistent pain, geriatrics and endurance athletes. She received her master's degree in physical therapy from Boston University in 1983 and…

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1. Regional Interdependence and Introduction to Functional Testing

Identify how principles of functional testing can efficiently and effectively lead to accurate diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with movement dysfunction of the upper and lower quarter.

2. Case Presentation DA

Review details of a patient case that will be presented throughout the rest of the course.

3. Relevant Neuromyofascial Anatomy

Identify relevant anatomy of the upper and lower quarter with the inclusion of recent research findings concerning the roles of connective tissue and fascia in movement disorders.

4. GT to Improve Neuromyofascial Mobility

Review recent evidence concerning the effectiveness and benefits of therapies such as manual therapy, the Graston Technique®, kinesiology taping, nerve flossing and self myofascial release therapies for connective tissues dysfunctions.

5. Innovative Corrective Exercises/Activities

Present a progression of therapeutic and functional activities from initial evaluation through discharge for patients with upper/lower quadrant dysfunction with demonstrations of how manual therapy via the Graston Technique can be incorporated into a functional-based program.

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