FMT Blades

by Dr Steve Capobioanco

Online Course

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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 IASTM Course introduces the concept of movement therapy and performance enhancement with gentle soft tissue techniques. The term IASTM or “Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation” is commonly paired with the image of steel tools and deep tissue work that can cause redness and bruising on the skin.  

Current evidence informs us that IASTM techniques don’t need to be aggressive to deliver superior patient outcomes, the tools may be hard, but the techniques are soft. There are many forms of instruments or tools that can assist a clinician or coach’s skills and tools really do save your hands! You don’t have to buy an expensive set of tools and attend a class that locks you into one way of utilizing IASTM on your patients or athletes.  FMT Blades IASTM is a manual therapy and assessment course that encourages students to use clinical reasoning and creativity when incorporating tool work in their practices.  

FMT Blades IASTM Course is intended for health professionals with all levels of experience with soft tissue 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

  • Understand and integrate fascial anatomy, physiology and neurology
  • Define and discuss the influence of neuroanatomy on of the fascial subsystem
  • Recognize and describe the theory and science of IASTM within the literature
  • Explore the location and function of various mechanoreceptors within the skin and describe their functional relationship to human movement
  • Identify and demonstrate movement screening techniques to identify faulty movement patterns and match appropriate IASTM techniques to these patterns
  • Practice, demonstrate and integrate assisted fascial tooling with functional kinesiology taping to change body-relative movement quality 
  • Understand and demonstrate the ability to provide dry fascial gliding to promote improved ROM

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 (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.

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
  • Review of framework of the Rocktape Movement Pyramid

IASTM Concepts, not just Techniques (Ch 1)

  • Introducing main principles of movement control – mobility and motor control Introducing mechanical/neurological effects of instrument assisted techniques
  • The RockTape Blades Blueprint:
  • Graded Exposure System
  • Tissue Tolerance Concept
  • Feed the Brain, integrating the bio-psych-social model of treatment

Hour Two

Mechanical Effects of IASTM (Ch 2)

  • Introducing fascial anatomy/physiology:
  • Can fascia be deformed with mechanical pressures?
  • Fascial Anatomy and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Assessment of Fascial Function
  • Densification vs Fibrosis

Neurological Effects of IASTM (Ch 3)

  • Mechanoreceptor communications to brain, inputs and outputs
  • Leveraging mechanoreceptor communication for tissue effects with IASTM
  • Precision training and faulty movement patterns
  • Tactile acuity and research 

Hour Three

IASTM Treatment Considerations (Ch 4)

  • Treatment Vectors, direction of strokes/influencing fascial systems
  • Stroke Rates and how they apply to treatment
  • Treatment methodology

Pain Modulation Treatment Stroke Techniques (Ch 5)

  • Interoreception techniques for pain management
  • Pathway
  • Technique Considerations
  • Technique Practice
  • Instructor Feedback

Up vs Down Regulation Techniques (Ch 6)

  • Treatment variables to consider
  • Fascia’s ability to contract
  • Modulation of fascial tone

Up Regulation-Pacini Receptor Treatment Stroke Techniques (Ch 7)

  • Pacini receptor stimulation for upregulation effect
  • Pathway
  • Technique Considerations
  • Technique Practice
  • Instructor Feedback

Hour Four

Down Regulation – Ruffini Receptor Treatment Stroke Techniques (Ch 8)

  • Ruffini receptor stimulation for down regulation effect
  • Pathway
  • Technique Considerations
  • Technique Practice
  • Instructor Feedback

Fluid Capture Treatment Stroke Techniques (Ch 9)

  • Dry glide technique to improve inter-layer fascial gliding
  • Pathway
  • Technique Considerations
  • Technique Practice
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Fluid capture for post-trauma, post-operative or edema management
  • Pathway
  • Technique Considerations
  • Technique Practice
  • Instructor Feedback

Hour Five

Human GPS Approach (Ch 10)

  • Treatment tactical planning, Evaluation and Intervention approaches
  • Joint by Joint assessment concepts compared to screening function of fascial lines

Movement screen and treatment of dysfunction in movement planes (Ch 11)

  • Flexion – Sagittal plane, performance front chain
  • Extension – Sagittal plane, performance back chain
  • Rotation – Transverse plane, functional chain  

Hour Six

Fascial Tracing (Ch 12)

  • Breakout lab experiences and treatment of fascial lines

Case study presentations (Ch 13)

  • Screening and treatment strategy discussion and practice for sagittal and frontal lines

Locking in change with Tape as well as RockTape Flex (Ch 14)

  • Treatment stroke application practice, matching them up to the dysfunctional planes

Summary of course and Q/A (Ch 15)


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, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NH, NV, NJ, NC, ND, NY, 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: AL, AR, AZ, GA, KY, MO, NM, TN, PA, TX, WV 

*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 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 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 has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hour(s).  

MD - FMT Blades has been approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners approval # 2020-491 

NY - FMT Blades Advanced is approved by NYPTA, Course # NY 23-08-16 for 7.2 contact hours. 

OK – FMT Blades has been approved by the Oklahoma State board of Medical Licensure & Supervision for 6 category B hours PT CE course #BAP202310016 

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

DC, IL – FMT Blades (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 (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 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 meets continuing education requirements for these State OT Boards. 




FMT Blades is approved by ACSM (6 CECs) 
ACSM approved providership of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services. 


FMT Blades (0.6 CEUs) has been approved by the AFAA Professional Education Committee. 


FMT Blades (0.6 CEUs) has been approved by NASM. Provider #922. 

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