Target Audience: PT, PTA, OT, OTA, AT
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PT: AR, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, NE, NJ, NC, OK, TN, TX, VA
OT: DE, FL, KS, NY, TN, AOTA
heel pain can be a highly challenging condition to treat for a clinician and a highly debilitating condition that interferes with normal gait and exercise for a patient or athlete. In this course, assessment and treatment strategies will be explored in light of current evidence regarding the most effective strategies to alleviate plantar heel pain due to fasciosis. Manual therapy strategies will highlight the application of the Graston Technique® as it is applied dynamically and under load. Therapeutic exercises will be included that target the posterior fascial chain of connective tissue taking into account current evidence regarding tendinosis exercise progressions. The 4 X 4 matrix will be utilized to guide exercise selection, position and load.
In order to receive credit for this webinar participants must attend the webinar for the full duration, complete the quiz with a minimum score of 70%, and complete the participant survey.
Those who do not pass initially are given the opportunity to re-take the quiz.
Meet Your Instructor
Mike Ploski, PT, ATC, OCS, GTS
Mike Ploski has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1986, a Physical Therapist since 1988, and Board Certified in Orthopedics since 1998. He is a Clinical Advisor and Instructor for Graston Technique, LLC. Trained by David Graston in 1996, he is one of the original Graston Technique providers and original instructors. He is the former Clinic Director of GrasTech, the original GT clinic, and former traveling clinician for the PGA Tour and the CART auto racing league. As a foremost authority on Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, he lectures on this topic worldwide. Mike currently maintains a clinical practice at Body One Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation in Indianapolis, IN. Specializing in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries, Mike utilizes GT heavily in his daily practice.
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 completed her Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2011.
Jackie is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist by the APTA and she is a full-time professor and the Program Director in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner MA. Jackie is the Senior Clinical Advisor for the Graston Technique® and is a member of its instructional team. Jackie sees patients and utilizes the Graston Technique® extensively with her patients at Central Mass PT and Wellness which is located in West Boylston, MA.