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?
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:
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
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
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
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
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
Human Movement Matrix: Shoulder
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.
After completing this course you will be able to:
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!
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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