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Is Treatment with HawkGrips Painful?

quadriceps treatment HawkGrips IASTM Graston musculoskeletal condition therapyIs treatment with HawkGrips painful? The simple answer to this question is no. However, it may depend on your definition of the word “pain” versus “discomfort.” This treatment is certainly not based on the “no pain, no gain” adage. In fact, if a patient feels pain during treatment, they should inform the clinician that too much pressure is being applied. Then the clinician can modify treatment to ensure it is tolerable for the patient. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) employs smooth…

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IASTM Emollient: The What, Why, and How

emollient HawkGrips IASTM Graston instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizationWe often hear questions at HawkGrips about the emollient that’s a necessary adjunct to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). In this blog post, I’ll provide the answers to these common queries.

What Is It? HawkGrips original oil-based emollient is specifically manufactured to contain the least amount of allergens to reduce the possibility of adverse reactions among your patients.

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British Physiotherapist Applauds the Transformative Impact of HawkGrips on His Patients and Practice

physiotherapist HawkGrips IASTM United Kingdom Pritpal Chana Physiquipe patient clinic Physiotherapy Kent Ltd. ChanaPhysiotherapyAs a physiotherapist, I have been using HawkGrips for more than six months now and they are by far the best investment I’ve made for my work and business. Patients love these instruments and the outcomes they produce. Utilizing HawkGrips for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) has transformed my clinic into a desirable place to receive physiotherapy. Not only do patients enjoy the treatment itself, but also the quick and effective results. My patients with soft-tissue injuries have found…

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How Physical Therapist and HawkGrips Instructor Dr. Lindsay Becker Launched a Pioneering Private Practice Geared Toward Golfers

golfers Augusta National Golf Club Masters Tournament Dr. Lindsay Becker Buckeye Performance Golf physical therapistThere are many telltale harbingers of spring, from warmer temperatures to longer days, chirping birds and blooming trees. But for golf enthusiasts, the most compelling sign winter has mercifully ended is the iconic Masters Tournament. Hosted annually by majestic Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, the Masters tees off this week amid great fanfare as the world’s best golfers compete for the coveted green jacket. The start of the Masters also symbolizes that the busy season is underway for Dr. Lindsay Becker…

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HawkGrips in the United Kingdom: Physiquipe Coordinates an IASTM Introductory Workshop at Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University HawkGrips IASTM introductory workshop Physiquipe instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizationLast month, the student became the teacher when I had an opportunity to return to my alma mater, Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom, and instruct an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) workshop for third-year students. Physiquipe, the official United Kingdom distributor for HawkGrips, collaborates with universities to offer students the ability to gain continuing professional development hours on IASTM. This experience not only improves their curriculum vitae, but also…

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Jammin’ in Jamaica: Instructor Dr. Andrew Contreras Brings Back Great Memories from the First HawkGrips Course in the Caribbean

Jamaica Kingston University of the West Indies HawkGrips IASTM educational course instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization Dr. Drew ContrerasWhen I was told that I’d get to teach a HawkGrips Level I educational course in Kingston, Jamaica, here are the top three things that popped into my head: 1) Bob Marley, 2) Usain Bolt, and 3) rum. After spending a day instructing physical therapists at the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies, these are the top three things I walked away thinking: 1) Bob Marley, 2) Usain Bolt, and 3) rum. Let me explain. The setup was similar to any other course I’ve ever instructed before, but something different…

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Taking a Look Back at the 2018 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

APTA Combined Sections Meeting New Orleans HawkGrips Handlebar instrument treatment demonstrationThe American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) puts on a few big conferences throughout the year, and the Combined Sections Meeting held every winter is its biggest. This year’s edition actually set a record with more than 17,000 attendees, making it the APTA’s largest event of all time! Held in New Orleans from Feb. 21-24, the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting marked the third year in a row that the conference achieved a record attendance number, and HawkGrips was right in the middle of it.

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HawkGrips-Sponsored Athlete Chito Vera to Compete at UFC Fight Night 125!

Marlon Chito Vera UFC MMA Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts HawkGrips Douglas Silva de AndradeNew HawkGrips-sponsored athlete Chito Vera will battle Douglas Silva de Andrade at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 125 event on Feb. 3. Vera is a native of Ecuador who competes as a mixed martial artist (MMA) in the bantamweight division of UFC. He credits HawkGrips for making a great impact on his ability to both recover from injury and tackle intensive training sessions day after day. “We are proud to announce our partnership with HawkGrips,” said Manager Jacob Parga of Iridium Sports Agency…

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Instructor Insight: Physical Therapist Assistant & Certified Fitness Trainer Kate Miller

Kate Miller PTA CFT HawkGrips IASTMKate Miller, PTA, BSPTA, CFT, earned her associate’s in science degree in human biology and physical therapist assistant studies at San Diego Mesa College, prior to graduating from Pima Medical Institute with a bachelor’s of science in physical therapist assistant degree. She became a HawkGrips instructor in 2017 and has worked in multiple environments including skilled nursing, inpatient, and outpatient orthopedic. Kate is also an APTA-certified clinical instructor and member of the Political Action Committee Board of Trustees for the California Physical Therapy Association, which she serves as the…

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How to Treat Lymphedema with HawkGrips

lymphedema lymph nodes cancer treatment swelling extremity HawkGrips IASTMLymph is responsible for transporting essential immune cells throughout the body. When lymph becomes stagnant, it causes swelling of affected tissues, which leads to pain and dysfunction. This condition called lymphedema causes the affected skin and subcutaneous tissues to become inflamed and hardened, or fibrotic. Typically, treatment includes manual lymph drainage, a specialized hands-on technique that stimulates superficial lymph vessels to move. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) has been proposed to…

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Instructor Insight: Occupational Therapist & Certified Hand Therapist Dr. Jim Wagner

Dr. Jim Wagner OTD OTR/L CHT CPAM CSCS, CKTP HawkGrips IASTM GrastonDr. Jim Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS, CKTP, is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist who has specialized in upper-extremity and sports-related injuries in clinical settings for 24 years. He earned his occupational therapy degree from Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY, and post-professional clinical doctorate with a specialty in hand therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT. Dr. Wagner is a HawkGrips instructor, team leader of the hand/upper extremity center at Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA, as well as an adjunct professor for the occupational therapy programs at…

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Instructor Insight: Physical Therapist Dr. Chris Capilli

Dr. Chris Capilli PT HawkGrips IASTM Physical TherapistDr. Chris Capilli, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, MS, received his undergraduate degree in sports medicine from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, followed by his master’s and doctoral degrees in physical therapy from D’Youville College, also in Buffalo. He then completed a Fellowship in Manual Therapy at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. Dr. Capilli works for Arnot Health in Elmira, NY, and has been a practicing clinician for over 10 years, working in a number of different settings but primarily outpatient orthopedic. He’s also a HawkGrips instructor who loves to teach and appreciates how clinicians can share different…

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Instructor Insight: Professor & Athletic Trainer Dr. Alison Gardiner-Shires

Dr. Alison Gardiner-Shires PhD ATC Instructor Insight Widener University professor athletic trainerDr. Alison Gardiner-Shires, PhD, ATC, is an associate professor and athletic trainer in the Department of Sports Medicine at West Chester University in West Chester, PA, outside Philadelphia. In this role, she treats athletes with a great variety of conditions, both post-operative and non-operative. Dr. Gardiner-Shires also became a HawkGrips course instructor in 2015. She recently shared her thoughts about integrating HawkGrips into her professional practice, how they compare to other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) products on the market, and why other clinicians can benefit from…

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Vietnam Vet and Former POW Ralph Galati Praises the Healing Power of HawkGrips

Ralph Galati U.S. Senator John McCain World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Vietnam prisoner of warAs his F-4 Phantom jet fighter raced across the skies over North Vietnam, U.S. Air Force co-pilot Ralph Galati glimpsed a surface-to-air missile streaking menacingly toward him. Unable to evade this deadly projectile fired by enemy troops below, the Phantom shuddered from the explosive impact. It was February 16, 1972, and the Vietnam War had been raging for nearly seven years. The most controversial conflict in the history of the United States, it would eventually claim the lives of nearly 60,000 American servicemen…

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Instructor Insight: Athletic Trainer Mark Shires

Mark Shires ATC Baltimore Orioles HawkGrips IASTM Norfolk TidesMark Shires, MS, ATC, PES, just completed his ninth year as an athletic trainer for the Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles​. This represented his 19th season overall in the Orioles organization, and he has twice been named International League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Shires also became a HawkGrips instructor in 2015. He recently shared his thoughts on integrating HawkGrips into professional practice, how they compare to other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization products on the market, and the benefits of taking an educational course…

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How Soon After Surgery Can a Patient Be Treated with HawkGrips?

surgery wound HawkGrips instruments massage IASTMI recently had an email conversation with a HawkGrips course attendee that I thought could be of interest to many readers. With the permission of the attendee, who is a physical therapist, I’ve reproduced our discussion below:

Question: Hello, I completed the recent HawkGrips course in Minneapolis and have a question pertaining to use of the tools post-operatively. I’ve been using the “framing technique” with a patient nearly right after surgery…

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Injured Runner Returns to Racing Thanks to 3D Motion Analysis and IASTM Treatment

motion analysis Trace 3D running form physical therapy ATI therapist Wilmington IASTM HawkGripsAs a 41-year-old who started running at age 13, I can honestly say being a runner is not only a major part of my life but also my identity. During the winter, I feel miserable because it’s too cold and dark out to run as much as I’d like to. When spring approaches, I get excited just thinking about how the longer days and warmer temperatures will help me get into better running shape. While other people might judge their fitness based on exercise classes or weight-lifting, my main barometer is how fast I can run a 5K race. So if…

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U.S. Navy Veteran Reveals How HawkGrips Helped Him Recover from Severe Musculoskeletal Dysfunction

HawkGrips IASTM VA San Diego Healthcare System Tyrone King Navy veteranI have a condition that the medical world calls “hallux valgus.” Also known as a bunion, it basically means a foot deformity. To put it mildly, I actually have extreme deformities. Over the years, the symptoms worsened and began to affect my ability to walk and run. My lower-extremity muscles were always tight and I felt no relief throughout the day. Soon, my knees became impacted as well and I blew out both, resulting in bilateral meniscal repairs. My hamstrings and quads would constantly get strained and the result was…

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Bruising: A Common Misconception About IASTM

bruising IASTM treatment HawkGrips instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizationIs bruising OK? This is one of the most common questions I hear about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Here’s the best possible answer: Yes, it is OK, but let me explain why. Bruising will not kill a human being (except possibly if you have hemophilia). Nor should bruising cause any kind of irreversible harm. Therefore, bruising is OK. But I also want to emphasize that bruising is not the goal of IASTM. There’s nothing in modern literature that says bruising indicates a release of toxins or of any adhesion. Those are ideas from traditional Eastern medicine. When it comes to…

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HawkGrips IASTM Instruments: Quality and Care

stainless steel HawkGrips Gold Set IASTM Graston emollientThis blog post will answer a few common questions pertaining to HawkGrips instruments, which are designed for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM):

What are the instruments made of? HawkGrips instruments are constructed from highly durable surgical-grade stainless steel, a nonporous substance that significantly decreases the chance of bacteria transfer.

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IASTM Treatment Is More Effective as a Conjunctive Therapy

therapeutic taping kinesiology tape HawkGrips IASTM conjunctive therapy treatmentIn this post, I’ll address a couple of questions related to the impact of utilizing HawkGrips as a conjunctive therapy:

Why would I use HawkGrips in conjunction with other treatments? We strongly recommend HawkGrips therapy in conjunction with numerous other modalities, including manual therapies and therapeutic exercise. Research is often conflicting about how various manual therapies, and even modalities like cryotherapy, effect change on the body. But one consistent aspect of…

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HawkGrips Offers New CE Courses and Certifications

CE courses continuing education HawkGrips certification level I level II Advanced IASTMThis is an exciting year for the continuing education (CE) department at HawkGrips! All of our CE courses have been given a much-needed facelift, plus we now offer multi-level certifications. If you’ve attended any of our courses in the past year or two, you might be wondering why we enacted such sweeping changes. The answer is although our courses and instructors were great, a lot of new research has come out in the past two years. To ensure we’re providing course attendees with the most current…

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High Praise for HawkGrips from Garage Gym Reviews!

Garage Gym Reviews HawkGrips IASTM Graston cross-hatch texture clinician practitionerAt HawkGrips, we fully believe our instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) products are the finest on the market. But it’s always nice to hear high praise from outside sources too. So we were thrilled to see this great recommendation from Garage Gym Reviews:

“HawkGrips are, in my opinion and that of many others who have much more knowledge about anatomy than I, the premier IASTM toolset. These are professional tools made for the foremost chiropractic and physical therapy…”

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How Does Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Work?

IASTM instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization HawkGrips massageThe premise of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is, at most, a highly advanced concept, demanding background knowledge of applied anatomy and physiology. At the least, IASTM is deep tissue massage. I consider myself a relative expert on trying to explain IASTM and HawkGrips after doing just that with numerous family members, friends, and complete strangers since becoming the director of education at HawkGrips. And I’m ready to share my extensive, expert knowledge with you, lucky duck!

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HawkGrips on the Scene at the AOTA Centennial Celebration

AOTA 2017 Annual Conference Centennial Celebration Philadelphia attendeesPHILADELPHIA – The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrated its 100th anniversary in style last week by hosting the 2017 Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration in a fittingly historic location, Philadelphia. Approximately 13,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators and students rocked the Cradle of Liberty from March 30-April 2. The beautiful Pennsylvania Convention Center in center city played host as these attendees networked, discussed the latest research and interventions on innovative ways to help people live life to the fullest, and of course…

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HawkGrips Featured in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at DeSales University

DeSales University IASTM instrument DPT class demonstration HawkGrips Therapy GrastonCENTER VALLEY, PA – As part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, first-year DPT students are introduced to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) through the “PT Modalities” course. Consistent with our mission to support the physical therapy profession and local community, HawkGrips lent 14 Gold Sets to the program last month so 28 students could gain firsthand experience in the utilization of these high-quality instruments. “We enjoy being able to help the physical therapy practitioners of tomorrow, while at…”

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What Are HawkGrips and What Is HawkGrips Therapy?

hand therapy HawkGrips IASTM Graston instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizationThis blog post details a couple of the common questions we hear from people who are interested in learning more about HawkGrips, and provides some general answers to them.

What Are HawkGrips? HawkGrips are precision-engineered instruments designed to detect and treat restrictions/scar tissue. Their cross-hatch design helps prevent the instruments from slipping in the hands of a clinician. In addition, the many different instrument sizes/shapes enable a clinician to…

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A Touching Tribute to HawkGrips from Physical Therapist Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson HawkGrips Uganda PT physical therapist Johns Hopkins BaltimoreThis email was sent by Ken Johnson, PT, to HawkGrips President Frank Osborne and COO Sean MacNeal in December. Johnson is the director of outpatient rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and we thank him for his enthusiastic support.

Sean and Frank, I am writing you to say thank you for having the courage, commitment and vision to launch HawkGrips. Your initiative as patient advocates who sought to deliver a better product than what the industry…”

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Welcome to the HawkTalk Blog!

HawkTalk AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference HawkGrips IASTM Philadelphia Frank Osborne president founderHello and welcome to the inaugural post of our new HawkTalk blog! Here you’ll find regular updates about the worlds of healthcare, sports medicine, rehabilitation, and of course HawkGrips. We’ll share breaking news in the field, trending topics, conference coverage, and exclusive insights from our dedicated HawkGrips team. We’re also proud to announce the launch this week of the newly redesigned HawkGrips website! In the four years since our founding, HawkGrips has grown by leaps and bounds, so we believed it was time for a website that better reflects the new heights to which we have soared.

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How U.S. Paralympic Team Physical Therapist Dr. Dawn Gulick Helped Implement HawkGrips into the Widener University Curriculum [Interview]

Widener University Dr. Dawn Gulick PhD PT ATC CSCS physical therapy professor HawkGrips IASTMDr. Dawn Gulick, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, is a professor of physical therapy at Widener University in Chester, PA. She began her clinical career as an athletic trainer, before earning her master’s degree in physical therapy more than 30 years ago. Dr. Gulick has been a Widener faculty member for about 22 years and HawkGrips instructor for the past three years. In this Q & A article, she discusses her educational roles, extensive background with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams, and how HawkGrips treatment has been implemented into the curriculum at Widener.

Why Orlando City Soccer Club Massage Therapist Desmond Diaz Treats so Many Pro Athletes with HawkGrips [Interview]

Orlando City Soccer Club Desmond Diaz LMT OMT massage therapist U.S. Women's National TeamDesmond Diaz, LMT, OMT, is the team massage therapist for Orlando City Soccer Club, which competes in the premier American professional league, Major League Soccer (MLS). In this role, Diaz also provides massage therapy for the team’s minor league club (Orlando City B), and sister team (Orlando Pride) that’s a member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). In addition, Diaz has represented the United States as a martial arts assistant coach and competitor, earning several medals in international tournaments. For this Q & A article, he discusses his role with Orlando City, how implementing HawkGrips…

Why Physical Therapist Dr. Keith Cronin Advocates Combining IASTM and Biomechanical Taping [Interview]

biomechanical taping Dr. Keith Cronin DPT OCS CSCS physical therapist HawkGrips Dynamic TapeDr. Keith J. Cronin, DPT, OCS, CSCS, has been a physical therapist for nine years and owns a niche distribution and education company in Denver called Sports and Healthcare Solutions, LLC. He works with innovative clinicians and companies from around the world to offer effective rehabilitative products and strategies that maximize patient outcomes. In 2018, Dr. Cronin will launch Biomechanikits, a distribution platform that combines quality education, great products and competitive pricing. He first became aware of HawkGrips about four years ago and soon implemented them into patient treatments.

IASTM: A Performance Enhancement Tool

The human skin is the the largest organ of the integumentary system. It is enriched with dense neurological tissue that permeates the entire body and provides a uniquely accessible means of influencing tone and function of underlying structures. Fascia and muscle generate and transfer kinetic energy in an environment by which functional movement relies on a combination of elastic recoil and eccentric control around a focal, multi-planar axis.

Taming ‘Tennis Elbow’ Through HawkGrips Therapy, Exercise, and Activity Modification

tennis elbow Dr. Jim Wagner American Occupational Therapy Association AOTA annual conference exposition HawkGrips therapy“Tennis elbow,” a diagnosis that strikes fear into the hearts of clinicians the world over! (OK… that may be a slight overstatement). Why is this condition so dreaded? Because when treating tennis elbow, everything works and nothing works. Tennis elbow is one of the most commonly diagnosed and discussed musculoskeletal conditions known to humankind. An article by Arnett et al. on the evaluation and treatment of lateral epicondylitis reported a 2-percent incidence in the general population, with a significantly higher rate among manual laborers.

How to Relieve Tension Headaches with HawkGrips by Treating the Upper Trapezius Muscle

tension headaches upper trapezius muscle HawkGrips IASTM Trista Barish Mark Shires Baltimore OriolesAlthough I’m a certified athletic trainer, it’s rare that I seek any type of physical treatment for myself. There are many reasons, but mostly I just feel bad about asking fellow clinicians to treat me when I know they’ve already been treating patients all day. Recently though, something wonderful happened. I asked Mark Shires, MS, ATC, PES, to treat my left shoulder and neck because of tension headaches I’ve been experiencing and he said yes!

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