FMT RockBlades Advanced

by Dr Steve Capobioanco

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Until now, choices were limited if you wanted to learn how instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) could integrate into your patient/athlete care.

You had to buy expensive tools and attend an expensive class that locked you into one way of utilizing IASTM.

Not anymore.

FMT Blades Advanced Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Course  introduces the concept of mechanical gliding of skin, fascia and nerve.  It also presents concepts of neuro-sensory pain modulation via Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. IASTM tools are designed to be used with very gentle applications of force, aggressive techniques with heavy pressure are no longer required. The anatomy, physiology and neurology of myofascial soft tissue is presented, along with a review of concepts of interlayer connective tissue gliding during normal human movement.

Students will learn IASTM techniques using a rubber sleeve attachment for added tissue traction to treat gliding dysfunctions of skin, fascia and nerve.  FMT Blades Advanced IASTM  also introduces pain modulation techniques via use of an additional IASTM tool attachment, the neurosensory comb.

This course is intended for  health  professionals who have already attained a basic understanding of IASTM techniques.

Functional Movement Training (FMT) courses are taught by industry leading experts in movement assessment, performance and rehabilitation. CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, LMTs, LAc, OTs and personal trainers. If your profession & state is unavailable, we do not currently offer CEUs – however, we are continually adding additional licenses.

Note: Tools are not provided with this course.

Available Course Credits

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Learning Objectives

  • Define, understand and integrate the myofascial sequencing model
  • Discover and explore neuroanatomy of the dermal/fascial subsystem
  • Recognize and demonstrate skin/fascial glide screening process
  • Describe and interpret the research of IASTM in regard to connective tissue gliding and discomfort* modulation
  • Discuss the clinical indications for use of silicone sleeve attachment vs comb attachment  
  • Practice, demonstrate and integrate advanced IASTM techniques using silicone sleeve and comb attachments when indicated
  • Analyze and critique common cutaneous nerve entrapments of the upper & lower extremity and trunk
  • Compare and contrast the rationale for providing dry fascial gliding strokes to reduce cutaneous nerve entrapments

Course Procedure

This course is 6 hours in length and a 30 Question multiple choice quiz will be required after completing the course to receive your CEU certificate. A 70% test score is required to pass and receive CEUs. The quiz can be open book and unlimited attempts on the quiz are allowed.

Course Content

FMT Blades Advanced (IASTM)
25% fee for cancellations on courses that have been marked as “in progress” - or partially viewed. Execution of refund is contingent upon the review of RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC to determine course status. Full refunds will be issued to those who have not reviewed any portion of the course and will be processed within 3-5 business days. Refunds expected to be returned to the original payment method used unless stated otherwise by RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC. Due to the method of delivery for these courses (i.e., on-demand), registration is ongoing and therefore does not have a registration deadline associated with it.
  • Do you offer discounts?

Yes, we offer military, student, and group discounts. For a student discount, please email a copy of your student ID or current course schedule with the year on it to Be sure to note the exact course you are enrolling in to receive a specific code (i.e. August 15th, 2023 Basic Webcast).

  • What are your hours of operation?

Monday-Thursday: 7a-4p EST

Friday: 7a-4p EST

Holidays may impact these hours.

  • Will I receive supplies with my course purchase?

This depends on the course type. The materials for a live course will be shipped to the course location and will be presented to you upon arrival. Webcast supplies will be sent directly to you and should be received on the week of. Our on-demand courses do not include supplies but can be purchased separately through our medical distribution partners. Please visit the "Get Medical Pricing" tab to purchase discounted materials for use in an on-demand course

  • When does course registration close?

For a webcast course:

Webcast registrations close the Friday of the week before the scheduled class date/time (8/9 days -unless otherwise stated).

For a live course:

Live course registrations close 24 hours before the scheduled course date/time.

  • I am enrolled in a webcast, but I have not received my supplies yet. Now what?

Supplies are sent manually on a course-by-course basis. This means your supplies and informational email will be sent to you on the week of. If you do not receive your supplies by the Thursday before the course, please reach out to for assistance.

  • Do I need to have someone with me to practice on during a webcast or an on-demand course?

No, it is not necessary for you to have a model with you while you complete the course. However, we do find it helpful to practice the principles as they are presented, so you are more than welcome to have someone present with you during the course. Note: Any model/person(s) who have not registered for the course will not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

  • Do I need to do anything to prepare myself before taking the post-course quiz?

Yes, please ensure you download the study guides located in the “Downloads” tab and complete your participant waiver (if you haven’t already).

  • When will I receive my certificate?

For a live/webcast course:

If you have completed all the course paperwork and quizzes, you will receive your certificate in approximately three weeks from the course completion date.

For an on-demand course:

You will receive your certificate immediately after completing your course.

  • How do I know if a course is approved for CEUs?

Please check the “CEU Details” tab on the course listing page. Each course, profession, and state have different approvals. If you do not see your profession and/or state on the CEU Details page, then we do not have approvals. You are more than welcome to check with your licensing board to see if the course meets their requirements.

  • I am enrolled in a webcast. How do I log in to access the webcast?

Once you register and complete your waiver you will receive login instructions that includes your password to the webcast. Please read this document carefully and in full.

  • Do you have any other questions or concerns?

Please reach out to

Steve Capobianco, DC


Dr. Capobianco holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Steve is a practicing sports chiropractor, currently holding a Diplomate in Rehab from the ACA, in addition he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and a Performance Enhancement Specialists from the NASM. He is a certified in Active Release and Graston Technique provider that allows him to treat a myriad of musculoskeletal injuries using a combination of hand and tool release therapy.

Steve recently launched a sports specific rehab and performance institute called ProjectMOVE in Denver Colorado that focuses on identifying motor control dysfunction in an attempt to enhance human performance from the professional athlete to weekend warrior.

Steve is an avid athlete with a passion for sports. He has spent 25 years competing in ice hockey, lacrosse, triathlons, adventure racing, and natural bodybuilding. Steve is the Medical Director

Hour One

  • Welcome & introduction of instructor and course participants
  • Overview of outline of the course; introduction of topics that will be covered as well as description of practical lab experience and presentation of case studies.
  • What is FMT? Functional Movement Training

Concepts not techniques (Ch 1)

  • Review of the RockTape Movement Pyramid

IASTM Toolkit Redefined (Ch 2)

  • Introducing mechanical/neurological effects of instrument assisted techniques
  • Introducing main principles of mobility restriction – fascial gliding
  • Introducing main principles of sensory modulated pain control

Novel Screening Approaches for Fascia, Skin and Nerve (Ch 3)

  • DRANS Screening methodology and practice
  • Screening demonstration and student practice
  • Instructor Feedback on screening procedures 

Affective Pain Touch Concepts (Ch 4)

  • The RockTape Blades Blueprint
  • Graded Exposure System

Dosage Matters (Ch 5)

  • Tissue Tolerance Concept
  • Fibroblast anatomy, physiology and effects of IASTM on this cell
  • Indications/Contraindications

Hour Two

Pain Mitigation (Ch 6)

  • Neurological Connection
  • Sensory Stimulation – Interoreception, Pain Gate Theory, Neuromatrix Model Graphesthesia Technique – Movement/Sensory Mapping
  • Student Practical and Instructor Feedback

Hour Three

Tissue Glide Approach (Ch 7)

  • Graded Exposure, IASTM Skill Practice, Application and Technique
  • The Glide Method – Grip and Glide
  • Skin/Fascial Glide Screening Method
  • Treatment Vectors
  • MSK DX US integration and application
  • Progressive TX Method – External Glide, Internal Glide, Movement
  • Pain Modulation Stroke – Combing Technique (C-Fiber Stimulation)
  • Student Practical and Instructor Feedback

Hour Four

Cutaneous Nerve Entrapments (Ch 8)

  • Cutaneous Nerve Anatomy and Physiology
  • Grommet Holes
  • Signs, Symptoms and Solutions
  • Causes of this pathology

Hour Five

Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes and Treatment (Ch 9)

  • Suprascapular Nerve Entrapment
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Review of Anatomy
  • Review of pathology/clinical presentation
  • Techniques for IASTM
  • Assessment and Reassessment, Lab Experience, Instructor Feedback

Trunk Entrapments, (Ch 10)

  • Sub Occipital Syndrome
  • Superior Cluneal Nerve Syndrome
  • Review of Anatomy
  • Review of pathology/clinical presentation
  • Techniques for IASTM
  • Assessment and Reassessment, Lab Experience, Instructor Feedback

Lower Extremity Nerve Entrapments (Ch 11)

  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Saphenous Nerve Entrapment
  • Superficial Peroneal Syndrome
  • Review of Anatomy
  • Review of pathology/clinical presentation
  • Techniques for IASTM
  • Assessment and Reassessment, Lab Experience, Instructor Feedback

Hour Six

Compression Floss Band Therapies (Ch 12)

  • Mechanisms of compression vs shear
  • Lower Extremity Practice and Instructor Feedback
  • Upper Extremity Practice and Instructor Feedback
  • Open and Closed Chain Meaningful Movements

Summary and Q & A (Ch 13)


This course is valid for continuing education credit in the following states, so long as it falls within the scope of practice as outlined by the corresponding state board: AK, CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IA, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed) 

Please note that online continuing education is not recognized in the following states: FL, LA, MS, OK, WI 

CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending: NY, TX 

*NUHS makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing. It remains the attendees’ responsibility to contact the state board(s) from which they seek continuing education credits for purposes of ensuring said board(s) approves both the delivery method and content as they relate to this event. 



AL, CO, CT, IA, MA, ME, MN, NH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY – FMT Blades Advanced meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards. 

AK, AZ, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, MI, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA  –FMT Blades Advanced meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of approval by APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hours.  

KY - FMT Blades Advanced has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hour(s). Approval number: 271-APTAKY-2024

NY - FMT Blades is approved by NYPTA, Course # NY 23-08-17 for 7.2 contact hours. 

TX – FMT Blades Advanced is approved by TPTA FMT Blades 6 CCUs approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. 

DC, IL – FMT Blades Advanced (6 contact hours) meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of a National University of Health Sciences approval. NUHS is recognized by the Secretary of States Department of Education.   



FMT Blades Advanced (BOC Approved provider # P8570) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of (6 hours/CEUs FMT Blades Category A). ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program. 



FMT Blades Advanced is approved (#179) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. 



AR, HI, ID, MA, ME, MI, NE, ND, SC, TX, VA, WI OT – FMT Blades Advanced meets continuing education requirements for these State OT Boards. 


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