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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Techniques for the Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand

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Course Description

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques have seen an explosion in popularity in the rehabilitation and sports performance populations due to their efficiency in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, decreased patient recovery time and decreased strain placed on the clinician. Unfortunately, implementation of these basic instruments has been limited given the high costs and low training specificity generally associated with IASTM techniques.

Gold Standard Seminar’s one-day course will cover the pathologies where IASTM can be used; review the history, theory and evidence behind IASTM; and highlight the utilization of IASTM in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand pathologies through extensive lab time. Participants will be provided with an IASTM instrument, and through guided instruction, will perform IASTM with a focus on the application of proper techniques. In addition, therapeutic exercises, workplace ergonomics and adjunctive treatment techniques will be demonstrated to increase the efficiency of IASTM delivery. Participants will return to their work environment ready to immediately incorporate IASTM techniques in the treatment of upper extremity pain pathologies. The educational level of this course is intermediate.

Course Instructor
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William Finley, MS, OTR/L, CSCS, CHT, MBA is an occupational therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and certified hand therapist. He is Faculty at NYU Langone Health, and a Program Manager within Rusk Rehabilitation. He has over a decade of experience in the evaluation and treatment of upper extremity disorders in orthopedics, rheumatology and sports medicine. In addition to specialized clinical practice, he is a Certified Physical Agents Modalities Practitioner (CPAM), Certified ASTYM Practitioner, Graston Technique Provider, Certified Kinesio–taping Practitioner (CKTP), Certified Field Work Educator and certified with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). William has presented at various national conferences and has been featured on Sirius XM Doctors Radio discussing current concepts in rehabilitation of the upper extremity. He was recently published as the lead author in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) in 2018 (Volume 72, Issue 3), and had  a chapter published in “Introduction to Orthotics: A Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach”, both focusing on the shoulder.  William has provided continuing education to health care professionals throughout the United States for the past 5 years.  

There are no financial or non-financial disclosures to report.

Course Outline
  • Review of pathologies where IASTM can be used

  • IASTM history, theory and evidence

  • Introduction to IASTM instrument

  • Shoulder lecture and lab

  • ​Elbow lecture and lab

  • Wrist and hand lecture and lab

  • Treatment of entire upper extremity lecture and lab

  • Scar lecture and lab

  • Edema reduction lecture and lab

  • Therapeutic exercises, workplace ergonomics and adjunctive treatment techniques

Course Schedule & Requirements
  • Registration: 7:30am

  • Course Begins: 8:00am

  • Course Ends: 3:30pm

Participants will take home the IASTM instrument used during the course!


Participants will be allotted a one-hour lunch on their own.

Please wear clothing that exposes the scapula/shoulder.

Continuing Education Credit







Gold Standard Seminars, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 11249. This distance learning-independent activity is offered at 0.6 CEUs, intermediate, OT service delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


This course offers 6.0 contact hours of category A, formal courses with direct upper extremity content for OT or PT towards the Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) recertification.

This course meets the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Standards of Quality for Continuing Education Offerings (BOD G11-03-22-69). Please save your course certificate and outline to submit for CE credit to your state and/or local licensing board.

This course is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy (approval number: OCCEP000133) and Physical Therapy (approval number: PTCE01195) for 6.0 credit hours.

For other professions, this course counts as 6.0 contact hours of professional development. Please save your certificate and course outline to submit to your national, state or local agency for continuing educating credit. 

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ADA and Special Requests

Please contact Gold Standard Seminars  prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

Course Locations

Learning Outcomes
  • Review upper extremity anatomy and define musculoskeletal pain pathologies that may benefit from IASTM

  • Perform IASTM techniques as demonstrated by body part (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand)

  • Develop occupation based treatment plans that incorporate IASTM into the rehabilitation process

  • Review therapeutic exercises, ergonomics and adjunctive treatment techniques

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Athletic Trainers

  • Physicians

  • Chiropractors

  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists

  • Personal Trainers

Course Testimonials

"I can't wait to start using these techniques on my patients!"

Providence, RI

"The majority of time spent in lab work was extremely beneficial; also great reporting on the link to IASTM in published literature"

Philadelphia, PA

"Great course! Loved the increased focus on the challenging wrist and hand"

New York, NY

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