Level 2 Pleasanton, CA

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Certification Course in Pleasanton, CA - *LEVEL 1 NOT REQUIRED* on 04-07-2018

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Our goal was to develop the best IASTM education possible with the most up to date evidence-based research taught by the finest instructors in the world.



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Course Prerequisites: *To qualify for attendance of this course, one must be a licensed provider or a student in the following disciplines: PT, PTA, DC, ATC, LMT, OT, OTA, DO, and MD.

You DO NOT need Level 1 to attend this course! Why? Because this is an integrative, conditions-based course that incorporates movement-based assessment, IASTM, joint mobilization, corrective exercise, and blood flow restriction (BFR) training. This is not an advanced IASTM course.  There are 16 IASTM protocols  covered in this course compared to the 50+ covered in Level 1. This course was designed to integrate multiple modalities into a conditions-based course that would mimick a typical treatment session. 

Manual therapists have many continuing education options to choose from. Many courses focus on one isolated technique or procedure leaving it up to the attendee to figure out how to incorporate what they learn into their own practice . Often we are limited by our resources, mostly time, space and equipment. . In this Level 2 course, we educate clinicians to screen, assess movement and treat in a conditions-based, regional interdependence approach. This approach is time efficient and would parallel a normal patient visit in the clinic while still maintaining impressive outcomes.

Our Level 2 course is founded on the neurologicalskeletalsoft tissue model:


Movement Assessment

Treat Joint

Treat Soft Tissue (IASTM)

Exercie Progressions
(Blood Flow Restriction Training and Corrective Exercises)


This is a conditions-based course where 16 common clinical conditions will be covered. Such as:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Runners Knee
  • Post-Surgical tendon tear
  • Muscle sprain/strain
  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder Impingment
  • Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis
  • And more…

Already taken our Level 1 course? Great! We teach you how to incorporate those techniques and protocols into this treatment model.

Already taken an IASTM or Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) course and want to learn how to plug it into our system? Then this course is for you.

Date: Sat Apr. 07 - Sun Apr. 08, 2018

Time: 8am - 5pm (each day)

Venue: SportsPlus, 7051 Commerece Cir, Pleasanton, CA 94588




Ed Le Cara, DC, Ph.D, ATC, MBA


Dr. Le Cara has worked as a strength and conditioning coach, athletic trainer, and chiropractor for over 20 years. He holds a PhD in Athletic Training with original published research on lower back musculature and training affects. In addition, he holds an MBA in Transglobal Education from St. Mary’s College of California.

Ed successfully owned and operated SportsPlus: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Pleasanton, CA from 2000 until June 2014. He had hospital privileges at the Veteran’s Administration in Martinez, CA where he worked in the multidisciplinary Center for Integrated Brain Health and Wellness. Notably he was the VP of Sports Science and Human Performance at 24Hr Fitness Corporate office and had a private clinic in their headquarters. In 2014 he relocated to Dallas, TX to open KinetikChain. KinetikChain is a sports medicine and athletic recovery center where he helps active individuals overcome pain and return to activities they love.

In July 2016 Ed relocated to Denver and opened KinetikChain Denver with locations in the Cherry Creek, RiNo and LoDo Neighborhoods. He is an Army Veteran (former Army Combat Medic), Director of Education for Smart Tools IASTM, teaches for TRX Training and consults for numerous health and fitness companies.

He was inducted in the San Ramon Valley High School (Danville, CA) Sports Hall of Fame (Wrestling, 2007 & Football, 2015) and holds the record for the most amount of Varsity Letters for a male athlete with nine (9). When not treating patients, he speaks internationally a few times per month on movement assessment, corrective exercise and business concepts. For fun he Crossfits, hikes, skis, and drinks IPA's.

Level 2 IASTM Certification Course 16 Hours

Course Description:

There are many different singular modality continuing education courses out there, but few put it all together. This integrative, conditions-based course will instruct you on how to integrate several manual therapy treatments into one treatment session of common clinical conditions.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the benefits of using a double leg overhead squat as a screening tool
  • Discuss Indications and Contraindications of Instruments and Blood Flow Restriction training
  • Compare and contrast different types of exercise
  • Critically Analyze the utility of BFR in the rehabilitation setting
  • Develop and devise a rehab program for a potential patient or client

Course Outline:

Hour 1: Introduction to Regional Interdependence and Whole Body Screening: Double Leg Overhead Squat;Segmental Evaluation: Individual Joints - Big Toe, Ankle, Knee, Hip, Elbow, Shoulder, Lumbar, Cervical, Thoracic Spine, Wrist (mobility of joint with hands)

Hour 2: The Tools of the Trade: IASTM & Blood Flow Restriction; The science and application to the tools we use everyday in the clinic.

Assessment & Treatment of each condition will follow the model:

  • Screen
  • Assess
  • Treat Joint
  • Treat Soft Tissue
  • Exercise Progressions
    1. Reciprocal Inhibition (Acute phase or high pain levels)
    2. Isometrics (5s holds x 12-15 reps)
    3. Stretch (30-60 seconds, 6 times per day)
    4. Eccentrically load (1 set of 40 reps twice per day)
    5. Concentrically load (3 sets of 12-15 reps)
    6. Dynamically load (2-3 days per week of 3 sets of 12-15 reps)

Hour 3: Lower Extremity Assessments:

1. The Modified Romberg’s Test
2. Sidelying Hip Abduction Test
3. Star Excursion Balance Test
4. Forward Step- down Test

Hour 4-8: Lower Extremity Treatment:

Treatment of the following Conditions:

1. Achilles’ Tendonitis
2. Plantar Fasciits
4. Calf Strain
5. Neuroma ddx
6. Patellar Tendonitis
7. Chondromalacia
8. Meniscal Tear
9. ITB ie. Runner’s Knee
10.Knee Instability (ACL/MCL/PCL/LCL)
11.Quad Strain
12.Hamstring Strain
13.Hip Flexor Strain
14.Adductor Strain
15.Trochanteric Bursitis

Hour 9-10: Spine Assessment: Cervical

Mobility: Cervical rotation and flexion; Extension; Flexion

Stability: 1. Deep Cervical Chain
Treatment of the following Conditions
16. General Neck Pain - Upper Cervical/Lower Cervical
17. Anterior Head Carriage

Hour 11: Spine Assessment: Lumbar

Mobility: Toe Touch & Multi-Segmental Extension
Stability: 45s Plank
18. Lower Back Pain
19. Anterior Pelvic Tilt
20. Posterior Pelvic Tilt

Hours 12-16: Upper Extremity:
Assessments 1. Shoulder Position I
2. Shoulder Position II

21. Shoulder Impingement
22. Bicipital Tendonitis
23. Rotator Cuff Tear
24. Tricep Tendonitis
25. Medial/Lateral Epicondylits
26. Dequervains Tenosynovitis

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