I 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…read more
As 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…read more
Lymph 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…read more
This 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…”read more
BRIDGING THE GAP FROM REHAB TO PERFORMANCE By Sue Falsone Review by Phil Page, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM First, a disclaimer: I’ve known Sue Falsone for almost 20 years and she is a great friend and colleague, and one of the smartest and hardest working...read more
Is 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…read more
We 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.read more
British Physiotherapist Applauds the Transformative Impact of HawkGrips on His Patients and Practice
As 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…read more
How Physical Therapist and HawkGrips Instructor Dr. Lindsay Becker Launched a Pioneering Private Practice Geared Toward Golfers
There 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…read more
HawkGrips in the United Kingdom: Physiquipe Coordinates an IASTM Introductory Workshop at Leeds Beckett University
Last 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…read more
Jammin’ in Jamaica: Instructor Dr. Andrew Contreras Brings Back Great Memories from the First HawkGrips Course in the Caribbean
When 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…read more
The 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.read more
New 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…read more
Kate 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…read more
Dr. 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…read more
Dr. 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…read more
Dr. 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…read more
Mark 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…read more
I 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…read more
As 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…read more
Is 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…read more
This 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.read more
In 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…read more
This 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…read more
At 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…”read more
The 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!read more
PHILADELPHIA – 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…read more
CENTER 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…”read more
This 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…read more
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Why Physical Therapist Dr. Keith Cronin Advocates Combining IASTM and Biomechanical Taping [Interview]
Dr. 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.
How U.S. Paralympic Team Physical Therapist Dr. Dawn Gulick Helped Implement HawkGrips into the Widener University Curriculum [Interview]
Dr. 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.
As a doctor of chiropractic, I see many patients who suffer from limited range of motion, whether it’s cervical, lumbar or even an extremity. When I examine a patient and identify limited mobility in an area, my treatment protocol will not only consist of a chiropractic spinal adjustment, but also instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) with a HawkGrips instrument, along with corrective exercises and stretches. HawkGrips instruments are great tools to utilize in combination with chiropractic spinal adjustments…
Los Angeles Dodgers Physical Therapist Dr. Steve Smith Praises HawkGrips as the Best IASTM Products on the Market
My name is Dr. Steve Smith and I’m a sports physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. I’ve been a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization since January 2012 and currently hold the position of major league physical therapist. Prior to joining the Dodgers, I earned a master’s degree from the The University of Maryland Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in 2002, followed by a doctoral degree in 2003. I spent the first several years of my career working as a staff…
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.