Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation

FAKTR: Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation

FAKTR (pronounced FACTOR) is actually a concept, not a technique. The acronym stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. Co-Developed by Dr. Tom Hyde, DC, DACBSP, FRCCSS (Hon), ICSSD, CKTP, CSTI, GT, ART, FAKTR, FICC,  incorporates the latest research and evidence-based soft-tissue techniques into a comprehensive protocol to treat common disorders of the muskuloskeletal system and complicated injuries quickly and easily with impressive results.  The co-developers utilized their training in a variety of soft tissue techniques including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) to develop a concept that included function and treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time. This unique approach to treating in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues) and during motion sets FAKTR-certified providers in a class all their own.  FAKTR incorporates all of the above variations to evaluate and treat soft tissue/fascial conditions. These concepts are quick to apply, easy to grasp and produce rapid results.  By attending a 12-hour live hands-on seminar and completing a 6.5 hour online course and exam, DCs, PTs, LMTs and ATs can become FAKTR-certified providers.


What conditions can FAKTR treat?
FAKTR can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including tendinopathy, sprains, strains, entrapment syndromes, fascial restrictions such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, myofascial pain syndromes, adhesive capsulitis, shin splints and post-surgical recovery.  This list of conditions that can be treated with FAKTR protocols are too numerous to list here!


Who is the ideal patient for FAKTR? 
While FAKTR is a great way to treat athletes quickly, the concept can be applied to all ages and all body types. FAKTR is excellent for those involved in auto accidents, work related injuries, sports injuries, post-surgical work including joint replacement and conditions of daily living.


FAKTR Live Hands-On Classes

In our 12-hour hands-on courses, we apply the latest research from the past 3 International Fascial Congress’ as well as case studies from those on the forefront of the study of fascia and its relation to human performance and well-being. Many clinicians often seek non-invasive treatment options for athletes and active individuals that achieve rapid positive results with minimal expenditures of time and resources. The FAKTR Concept utilizes both IASTM with functional rehabilitation to bring about healing, decreased pain and edema and an increase in range-of-motion through treatment in positions of provocation and motion as opposed to the traditional “static soft-tissue treatment” model. Clinicians are often performing treatments in locker rooms, on side-lines or in non-clinical settings without the ability to use expensive equipment or therapeutic modalities. The FAKTR concept can be applied with or without instruments and with very simplistic rehab equipment such as physioballs, stability pads, latex bands and loops, etc.


We will present a treatment developed using peer-reviewed research and evidence from a wide variety of resources.  The hands-on class begins with an update of the latest evidence, followed by demonstrations of how to treat the majority of the body using the 5 Concepts of FAKTR.  We want the clinician to know when to treat with FAKTR and when treatment is inappropriate with our Concepts.  Those attending will hone their manual and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) skills.  Those that do not know how to utilize either manual or IASTM will be shown various hand strokes, hand holds as well as different forms of manual treatment.  We will cover both indications for treatment as well as contraindications.  In addition to the above information, those attending will also learn how to incorporate a wide variety of rehabilitation during treatment.  We cover TMJ, spine, upper extremities (shoulder to fingers), lower extremities (hip to toes), buttocks, SI Joints, psoas, chest, abdomen and more.  The class is hands-on in nature, providing an opportunity for all students to demonstrate on their classmates and vice versa.


Learning Outcomes include:

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess and determine the indications and contraindications for utilizing the FAKTR protocol to treat a variety of conditions and patient presentations from head-to-toe
  2. Implement the FAKTR protocol incorporating IASTM or manual soft tissue treatment utilizing a variety of techniques to apply the five concepts of FAKTR to treat various musculoskeletal conditions
  3. Recognize the significance of the literature presented in regards to its application to the care of acute injuries, including strains, sprains and tendonopathies to bring about and accelerate natural inflammatory and healing processes to decrease pain and increase range of motion.

Chiropractors and Licensed Massage Therapists

Continuing Education credit for DCs and LMTs is provided through Southeast Sports Seminars.  Southeast Sports Seminars is recognized as an approved continuing education provider through the PACE program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.  PACE courses are accepted in the following states: AK, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, MA, ME, MN, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, UT, VT, Puerto Rico and Nova Scotia.

Course approval is always applied for in the host state and specific approval numbers (if applicable) will be listed on the specific event page.

Continuing Education Approval has also been applied for through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for Licensed Massage Therapists.


Physical Therapists

This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 11.25 CCU’s for PTs and PTAs. The following states have reciprocity with and recognize CCU credits approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Vermont is currently pending reciprocity with TX.


Athletic Trainers and Certified Athletic Trainers

Southeast Sports Seminars is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. The FAKTR hands-on training course is approved for 11.5 CE hours as a Category A course.

ACBSP Hour Renewal

The hours spent in the FAKTR hands-on training course and/or FAKTR online course are applicable for the required hours needed to renew the CCSP or DACBSP through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Practitioners.

For specific questions about continuing education approval, email Jessica Riddle at [email protected]

Click on the links below to view the 2017 course dates.  Hands-on FAKTR seminars are held in several cities throughout the US and abroad each year.  Here is a current list of upcoming event dates…check back regularly as new classes are added or view our event calendar to see if FAKTR is coming to a city near you.  Interested in hosting a FAKTR course?  Contact Jessica Riddle at 864-475-1022 or email at [email protected] to learn how you can bring a FAKTR course to a city near you.

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SouthWest Course Dates
January 21 – 22               Las Vegas, NV               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
January 28-29               Phoenix, AZ               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
March 11-12               San Diego, CA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
May 20-21               San Antonio, TX               FAKTR w/BioMechanical Taping
November 4-5               San Luis Obispo, CA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
NorthWest Course Dates
February 11-12               Portland, OR               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
April 1-2               San Jose, CA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
April 1-2               St. Paul, MN               FAKTR w/ BioMechanical Taping
August 12-13               Seattle, WA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
October 7-8               Redding, CA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
SouthEast Course Dates
February 4-5               Orlando, FL               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
February 18-19               Houston, TX               FAKTR w/ BioMechanical Taping

April 8-9               Greenville, SC               FAKTR w/ BioMechanical Taping

May 6-7th               Atlanta, GA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
June 3-4               Savannah, GA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
July 29-30th               Jacksonville, FL               FAKTR with Dr. Tom Hyde
August 5-6               Charlotte, NC               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
September 23-24               West Palm Beach, FL               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
NorthEast Course Dates
May 6-7               Philadelphia, PA               FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
June 10-11               Buffalo, NY              FAKTR w/ BioMechanical Taping
September 30-Oct 1               Seneca Falls, NY              FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
October 28-29               Washington, DC              FAKTR with Dr. Tom Hyde
MidWest Course Dates
April 8 – 9               Davenport, IA              FAKTR w/ BioMechanical Taping
June 3-4               Chicago, IL              FAKTR w/ BioMechanical Taping
September 16-17               Indianapolis, IN              FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
September 23-24               St.Paul, MN              FAKTR 12hr Foundations Course
Frequently Asked Questions
Find a FAKTR Provider Near You
What are the Course Pre-Requisites?

We ask that you come to the course with a general understanding of the basic anatomy/physiology of the musculoskeletal system.  We also ask that you confirm that you can perform soft tissue work with instruments and some form of rehabilitative exercise as a part of your scope of practice…when in doubt, you can always ask your licensing board or certifiying body/institution.

Are group discounts available? Will you host a private class for my team?
What do I need to bring to class?

We provide all of the instruments, emollient and low-tech rehabilitation supplies for the course.  We do ask that if you have a portable treatment table, to please bring it with you.  You are also welcome to bring any soft tissue instruments you currently use, cups, activator, iJoy board, etc.

What is the dress code?

You’ll want to be sure and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.  During the course, you will need to be able to expose skin for demonstration, so sports bras and/or tank tops or camisoles are recommended for women.  Shorts are preferred on the second day of class due to the need to access lower extremities (knee, thigh, etc) for demonstration.

Are you required to purchase instruments? Will they be provided?

There is no instrument purchase required to attend the course.  We are an education company first and foremost and will provide everything for the course so that you can learn the FAKTR Rehab System.  If you choose to purchase an instrument, we will have them available for sale during breaks and at the conclusion of the class (outside of instruction time), but the decision to purchase is optional.  We offer a generous course discount on our instruments for course attendees.

Will I need to bring something to take notes?

We believe in learning by doing, so the short answer is-NO.

Our courses are hands-on in nature so there isn’t much opportunity for note-taking.  A copy of the PDF course notes will be provided prior to the course…you are welcome to print them and bring them with you if you choose, but note-taking can distract from the hands-on learning experience.

Are there discounted hotel rooms available?

There may be discounted room blocks available depending on the particular course and where it is hosted.  Anytime we host a course in a hotel, we will typically have a courtesy room block available at a discounted rate for our attendees.  These rooms are limited and only available for a short time, so it is always best to book your room as soon as you register for the course.