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Competency in IASTM

Shane McClinton, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

April 23, 2012

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How does one become competent in providing effective treatment of IASTM?  Is specialized training needed?

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There is a skill level involved.  If you review the different brands that I presented, they each have websites where they do have training sessions.  I would encourage you to check this out.  I cannot tell you if one is better than the other.  I do not have the evidence to support that right now.  It helps to have some guidance with this, such as someone who works with you in the clinic that could mentor you in the process.  The risk with IASTM is very low.  There are very few situations where we see adverse responses if it is applied appropriately and if you use good sound clinical decision-making in selecting if the patient is appropriate for any form of manual therapy.  You should perform it correctly to the extent that you monitor the patient's response.  We are not trying to inflict pain or trauma to effect the patient adversely.  You should find an immediate positive effect with the treatment, with the understanding they may have sequelae down the road such as bruising and petechiae.


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Shane McClinton, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

Shane McClinton, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS is a physical therapist at the Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic and Human Performance Laboratory. He graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center in 2001 and obtained his post-professional doctorate in 2007. Dr. McClinton completed fellowship training through Regis University in Denver, Colorado and has achieved Fellow status within the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). He is now pursuing his Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Orthopaedic and Sports Science through Rocky Mountain University in Provo, UT. Dr. McClinton is board certified in Orthopaedics (OCS) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) whose clinical emphasis is on the management of movement-related and function-limiting conditions in adult, geriatric, and athletic populations. He directs the Des Moines University Running and Cycling Clinic focusing on physiological/motion analysis, injury prevention, and rehabilitation for runners, cyclists, and triathletes of all ages. In addition Dr. McClinton instructs the Des Moines University post-professional manual therapy interventions course. His research interests include outcomes of musculoskeletal physical therapy management including integration of manual therapy and exercise in addition to analysis of dynamic and static characteristics of individuals with musculoskeletal disorders. 


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