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Best Practice for Cutaneous Manual Therapy is a Course

Best Practice for Cutaneous Manual Therapy

Time limit: 30 days
2.0 credits

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Clinicians who use instruments during the application of soft tissue mobilization techniques for tendinopathies, pain, or joint dysfunction. These clinicians most likely include AT, PT, PTA, OT, OTA, and may include MD, DO, DC, and/or physiotherapists.


The purpose of this course is to provide a historical, biophysical, and evidence based effects of IASTM and one other cutaneous manual therapy and discuss the importance of training and certification in these techniques. There are several techniques available to clinicians to use as soft tissue interventions to remedy tendinopathy, muscle/tendon pain, and joint dysfunction.  Albeit the techniques are many, few have supporting evidence and some have differing theoretical basis.  To further complicate matters; many companies lean on the evidence studied among other techniques in order to provide rational for their product.  This course will provide the listener the evidence for pain management using two established and researched cutaneous manual therapy techniques, as well as address the harm in extrapolating evidence. Participants would be those interested in the evidence for pain management using these techniques.

  This course qualifies for 2 'EBP' credits under the BOC for Athletic Trainers.


  1. Identify and discuss the timeline of events that lead to the development of IASTM in the United States  
  2. Identify the body’s biophysical response to treatments using IASTM and similar treatments 
  3. Differentiate between IASTM and other cutaneous manual therapy techniques
  4. Compare the current evidence regarding the use of two cutaneous soft tissue manual therapy treatments on muscle/tendon pain
  5. Consider clinician recommendations for best IASTM and cutaneous manual therapy treatment practices  and professional development
  6. Consider limitations of this EBP course


   Andrew Doyle, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, Astym-Cert

Andrew Doyle has been in the world of athletic training since 2005.  He attended Indiana Wesleyan University for Athletic Training.  Following his undergraduate education, he attended Western Michigan University and attained his master’s degree.  In 2017, Dr. Doyle earned his PhD at RMUoHP in Athletic Training.  Since 2007, Dr. Doyle has been educating athletic trainers while maintaining a clinical practice.  Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Trine University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program teaching evidence based practice and facilitates research. Dr. Doyle also works as a clinical athletic trainer at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN and assists with the development of the Athletic Training Residency there.  In addition to these duties, he is also the President and Director or Clinical Intervention at Elevate Wellness Solutions, LLC. 

Previously, Dr. Doyle was a faculty member at University of Indianapolis in the Athletic Training Department in both the professional undergraduate and masters programs. Prior to UIndy, he spent ten years at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana where he was an Associate Athletic Trainer.  While at IWU, he instructed clinical and didactic courses in the Professional Athletic Training Program, as well as the Post-Professional Masters of Science Athletic Training Program.  He completed his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Athletic Training at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  Dr. Doyle’s past clinical experience has included providing care to tennis and basketball athletes, high school athletes, and semi professional athletes and weekend warriors.  His research interests are in sport performance, therapeutic modalities, and manual interventions. 

Dr. Doyle has been a reviewer for athletic training texts, the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, the Journal of Athletic Training, and the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation.  He enjoys participating in cycling, camping, cooking, and creative home construction activities with his wife, Jill, and two sons, Macalister and Marshall.  When not teaching, researching, and spending time with family, Dr. Doyle enjoys serving his community and the great profession of athletic training!

   Adam Thompson, PhD, LAT, ATC, GTS

Dr. Adam Thompson serves as the Chair of the Division of Health and Human Performance at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he is a Professor of Athletic Training. Prior to his current position, Dr. Thompson served as the Director of the Athletic Training Program from 2004-2019. He received his undergraduate athletic training degree from Anderson University in Anderson, IN, and his Masters of Science degree in physical education from Ohio University in Athens, OH. He earned his doctorate degree from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in Health Care Administration.

Adam is active with patients providing clinical care to IWU’s men’s and women’s cross country and golf  teams as well as volunteering as an orthopedic healthcare provider at Bridges to Health, a free healthcare clinic in Marion, IN. In addition, he is part of the sports medicine support team for the Olympic fencing teams of Team USA. Dr. Thompson’s research interests involve chronic stress and burnout in health care as well as manual therapy clinical interventions.