Continuing Education With PTCS

PTCS offers integrated advanced continuing education courses that are evidenced based with practical application. Designed to enhance your knowledge, stimulate your thinking, challenge you and to teach you the science behind human movement.  We have developed a complete educational learning system that includes home study courses, E-learning courses, mini books, articles, live seminars, advanced certifications and a mentoring system. Designed to teach the foundation science, functional assessments, and the application science behind human movement.

Home Study Course: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation

PTCS has created a dynamic home study course entitled “Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM).” This is a course designed for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants teaching the foundational material that most PTAs and PTs did not learn while in school.

Why use IASTM?

  • Significantly increases range of motion (ROM)
  • Decreases peripheral resistance whereby increasing tissue temperature
  • Decreases pain
  • Increases microcirculation
  • Increases tissue perfusion and alters micro vascular morphology in the vicinity of healing knee ligaments
  • Accelerates tissue and ligament healing
  • Reduces the compression forces on the clinicians hands, especially the DIP joint

Course Material
This course was designed to be systematic, evidenced-based and most importantly, have direct application that can be used immediately with your patients. The course material nicely compliments a one or two-day live seminar on IASTM offered by other CEU providers. In 2018, it is our intent to also offer both a one-day and two-day IASTM live seminar courses that will compliment the home study course. It will provide the attendee with the ability to gain and understand new knowledge on IASTM, learn how to assess more efficiently and practice the skills learned from the home study course.  The course comes with the following:

  •  A 150 page comprehensive CEU approved course manual that has over 240 references is divided into twelve distinct and separate chapters. The course is filled with over 100+ illustrations and graphics to enhance the learning experience. Deliverly is sent electronically from PTCS to the customer or a physical manual can be shipped at an additional fee.
  • The student will have access to over 70 videos that compliment and review each of the twelve chapters of the IASTM Home Study Course. To access these videos, each student is required to provide a sign in on our secure website.
  • All examination costs are included. To earn respective CEUs, a student must sign in on our secure website verifying to PTCS who they are. Once verified, PTCS requires every student to take an online 25 question multiple-choice examination. This examination can be taken anytime or are your leisure. Once the examination is complete and the student earns a score of 75%, the CEU certificate is sent directly to the student from PTCS.

Course description
The course is divided into twelve separate chapters. Which are listed below. The reason we choose this order, is that the material synergistically blends and compliments the previous chapter.
Chapter 1: Foundation and why behind of IASTM                                                                
Chapter 2: Research and effectiveness of IASTM                                                                   
Chapter 3:  Principles and benefits of IASTM                                                            
Chapter 4: Physiologic and neurophysiologic responses of IASTM                             
Chapter 5: Type of tools available                                                                              
Chapter 6: Type of strokes, application and use                                                          
Chapter 7: Indications, precautions and contraindications with IASTM                     
Chapter 8: Fascia, fascial chain and the fascial slings                                      
Chapter 9: Trigger points and adaptive shortening                                                      
Chapter 10: Clinical Patterns of Movement Dysfunctions and using IASTM              
Chapter 11:  IASTM techniques for upper body including cervical, shoulder, thoracic and elbow regions
Chapter 12: IASTM techniques for lower body including lumbar, hip, knee and ankle regions

Course Objectives
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Interpret and list two sources on the foundation and origin of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and the latest research as it applies clinically.
  • Apply the fanning stroke with a patient who has active or latent trigger points in their upper trapezius muscle.
  • Independently defend selection of one IASTM tool and treatment plan for a specified clinical condition.
  • Correctly compare mechanical and physiologic responses of IASTM when provided with a case study.
  • Explain three key differences between a fascial resriction and muscle tightness.
  • Identify two indications and two contraindications of IASTM for an instructor named clinical condition.
  • Explain the rationale behind IASTM by comparing mechanical vs. neurological responses using the most current research.
  • Understand what fascia is, how to identify common fascial restrictions using the IASTM and latest research.
  •  Based on instructor specified example indicating evaluation findings, will accurately choose the IASTM technique to manage the condition.
  • Compare the difference between the clinical patterns of spinal stenosis, spondylosis and lumbar radiculopathy in terms of each diagnoses behavior of symptoms, clinical findings, and common muscle imbalances.
  •  Compare an active trigger point vs. a latent trigger point for patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
  •  Justify the IASTM tool selected based on the presence of trigger points in a therapy evaluation. 
  • Design a plan of care, including the IASTM, for a patient diagnosed with either a rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, shoulder impingement or similar diagnoses.

Earning CEU's:

The policies created by PTCS are in place to assess each students knowledge of the information learned. The scoring process is consistent each time where the student is required to sign in to the PTCS website(under examination tab) and provide verification of their identity. Once the identity of the test taker is confirmed, the student will be required to take a 25 multiple-choice standardized online examination. The student can take this online examination whenever is convenient with them. As soon as  the examination is completed, the score is sent to PTCS immediately.

The examination is standarized where every student receives the same formatted examination. When the student passess the online examination, earning a score of 75% accordingly. The CEU Certificate will be electronically sent to the student receiving the appropriate CEUS earned for their respective state.

Course creator: Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Chris has been a practicing physical therapist for 18 years, uniquely is also a personal trainer with over 20 years experience and has taught seminars, courses and at conferences to personal trainers, massage therapists, physical therapy assistants and physical therapists for the past 15 years. He has developed over 15 home study courses, 5 live seminars and webinars teaching the foundation science, functional assessments and application science on human movement.

His expertise is in orthopedics, particularly the spine, but has a insatiable desire teaching allied health professionals and fitness professionals on human movement, post rehabilitation training and related topics. Chris will be pursuing a Fellowship in Orthopedics and Manual Therapy as well as an advanced Doctorate of Science (DSc) in the near future.

Contact hours: A/o 3/1/18 course approved for 12 CEUs by the FSBPT Pro certification

Expires: 2/28/19

Course approved in: Alaska/Arizona/Arkansas/California/Colorado/Delaware/District of Columbia 
Georgia/Hawaii/Idaho/Illinois/Indiana/Kansas Kentucky Michigan/Mississippi/Missouri/Montana/Nebraska North Carolina/North Dakota/Oregon/ Puerto Rico/South Carolina/Tennessee/ Utah/Vermont/Virginia Wisconsin/Wyoming

Price: $150.00

General policy:If a student/customer can not access or download either the home study course or related

videos that support the course, the student/customer must contact PTCS through email or phone accordingly.

As soon as PTCS receives communication from the student/customer, PTCS willlook into the technical issue
and will directly communicate with the student/customer to fix and remedy the situation as efficiently as possible.

Cancellation Refund Policy: In order to obtain a refund, the student/customer must have first reached out to
PTCS for support as stated above. Then must be able to provide indisputable proof to PTCS. After these
steps has been taken and PTCS is unable to assist, provide the customer/student access to download

the home study course, receive a physical copy, or access related videos, then PTCS will offer a full refund accordingly.

Home Study Courses on Human Movement

Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems (PTCS) Home Study Courses are designed
for personal trainers, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, yoga instructors, and
massage therapists who are ready to take their careers to the next level. These five individual home

study courses, teach the foundation science, functional assessments and application science
behind human movement. These courses are comprehensive
and utilize evidenced based research,
simplifying, while filling in the gaps where other continuing education courses are missing.

These five individual home study courses  were developed to teach how human movement occurs from

the inside out, biomechanically and synergistically. Understand the foundation science, learn functional assessments, and be able to apply the science with your clients. You will learn the functional anatomy, foundation of biomechanics and biomechanics behind daily & sport specific movements. Gain insight

and deeper understanding behind integrative training components. Learn the foundation of

periodization training, be able to understand program design, and apply these principles while learning

and reviewing sample training programs with rationale for common sports. Learn about common dysfunctions of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and spine and other movement dysfunctions of the orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and special populations. Most importantly, how to train or modify exercise programs all based on evidenced based research with practical application.

Each course can be purchased separately or all five courses can be purchased together towards either our advanced training specialist (ATS) or applied movement specialist (AMS) certification. Each course is offered in a distance-learning format providing advanced continuing education. Each course is available for immediate download after purchase and is accompanied by a course manual and study workbook.

Five Home Study Courses  Explained

E-Learning Courses

Human Movement Matrix: Shoulder

Course Description:

Theshoulder is one of the most vulnerable joints in the body due to its vast range of motion and complexity. This course is developed to assist the health fitness professional with a deeper understanding of the functional anatomy, mechanics and assessment of the shoulder. The goal is to provide a helpful understanding of the applied science, common dysfunctions encountered, typical medical management and evidenced based research to help you directly apply this information to your clients. Improve your knowledge and skills, gaining a competitive edge by successfully working with clients who have shoulder dysfunctions.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe five aspects of anatomy of the human body including four types of connective tissue, properties of skeletal muscle, properties of cartilage, properties of joints, and properties of bone.
  • Discuss the anatomy of the shoulder including four joints and twelve muscles.
  • Explain and understand the shoulder biomechanics including scapulohumeral rthym and the sox movements of the shoulder.
  • Identify seven common daily movements involving the shoulder.

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Advanced Certifications

PTCS has created two advanced certifications. The Advanced Training Specialist(ATS) and the Applied Movement Specialist(AMS).The Advanced training specialist and Applied movement specialist certifications, were created to stress the importance of understanding the foundation science, functional assessments and application science behind how the body moves! This holistic, integrated approach to training and conditioning ensures optimal results, further enhancing your earning potential.To learn more about the Pinnacle's Advanced Training Certifications, click on any of the programs below that interest you!

Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification- Level 1

Applied Movement Specialist (AMS) Certification- Level 2

What is IASTM?
IASTM uses a bevel edge instrument, which adds shearing stress to soft tissue to facilitate and enhance the body's healing response. The ability to focus a technical force along a small contact surface to your patient's target tissue, and do so with a relatively high level of comfort for both the patient and treating therapist is one of the best features of this technique.

Because your time is precious, you can study this material at your convenience and learn how to integrate IASTM with your current manual therapy techniques to compliment and enhance your results even more! A manual therapist has a toolbox of manual techniques. Every clinician shoulder learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind IASTM, but learn how this will compliment myofascial release, soft tissue massage, joint mobilizations and other effective manual interventions while saving your hands. IASTM is a simple, yet effective, manual therapy technique that will help you achieve better results with your patients.

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