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

presented by Jacqueline Shakar

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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, OCS, LAT, CMT

    Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, CMT

    Jackie has been a physical therapist for over 25 years and is a true icon in the field. She has presented at many national conferences, colleges and universities. She received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Jackie is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist by the APTA and she is a full time professor in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Mount Wachusett Community College. Jackie is a Graston Technique® primary instructor and teaches nationally. She is one of New England’s only certified PRRT providers. Therapists throughout New England refer clients to her for second opinions and consultations. In her spare time, Jackie is a competitive runner who is well known regionally and has won far too many road races to count. She competes annually in the Mount Washington Road Race where she frequently finishes atop her age group. Jackie resides in Sutton.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Regional Interdependence and Introduction to Functional Testing

    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

    2. Case Presentation DA

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

  3. Relevant Neuromyofascial Anatomy

    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

    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

    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.