Several weeks ago, I shared my first experience at a RockTape FMT course (which will certainly not be my last). One student describes their FMT training as “the best continuing education [course] I’ve been to” and I couldn’t agree more. RockTape’s Functional Movement Techniques curriculum provides the perfect blend of clinical knowledge, cutting-edge research, and practical application that places each and every course in a class all its own.

If you’re interested in learning more about the continuing education coursework that RockTape offers, this blog series is for you! In this first of several interview highlights, we sit down with RockTape’s very own Ethan Krieswirth, PhD., ATC and discuss all things RockBlades & RockBlades Advanced.

What does the course cover?

FMT Blades & Blades Advanced looks at current approaches to age-old IASTM techniques. RockBlades dives into the neurobiological approach to soft tissue manipulation, assessment, and treatment, in addition to current pain science methods. This course will prepare the attendee for soft tissue manual therapies as they relate to musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Who should attend this course?

Anyone can take this course but Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered to ATCs, LMTs/CMTs/RMTs, DCs, PTs/DPTs, OTs, and other licensed practitioners.

How do RockBlades and their use differ from the Graston technique… or do they?

A tool is a tool, whether it’s Graston, Blades, Gua Sha, etc.. Although each RockBlade tool is different by design, the main difference lies in the RockTape methodology of a newer neurobiological approach to soft tissue manipulation and biopsychosocial changes in pain science. The Mohawk’s silicone sleeve, designed to “grip tissues” and it’s plastic comb attachment for dry brushing are examples of how IASTM tooling technology is evolving.

How does using RockBlades enhance or compliment other treatment modalities?

Blades treatment can help with tissue mobility, motor control and over all better fascial health.

If you need help deciding whether or not this class is right for you, check out the official course description and/or this article  by Dr. Joe LaVacca, DPT for some helpful tips and tricks. Otherwise, we hope to see you in an FMT classroom very soon! Happy learning!