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.
Our patient population is typically medicolegal, private medical, or self funded, and I treat every patient I see with HawkGrips. My patients with soft-tissue injuries have found HawkGrips treatment to be the best method for rehabilitating them back to function/sport.
I have a HawkGrips Gold Set and utilize all seven instruments, each of which has a distinctive purpose and effect. I’ve actually found that combining HawkGrips with joint manipulation is the most successful form of treatment, and patients often comment on the efficacy of this conjunctive therapy.
Improving as a Physiotherapist
When I bought my Gold Set, my goal was to improve as a physiotherapist. I had heard good things about HawkGrips and decided to try them for myself. Once I did, I immediately saw and felt the benefits.
They are not only effective in treating soft tissue but also much easier on a therapist’s hands than conventional massage, thus causing less fatigue. I can now work longer and keep my hands safe from wear and tear, thanks to HawkGrips.
• Clinicians in the United Kingdom and Ireland who would like to learn more about HawkGrips can see a schedule of upcoming courses on the Physiquipe website. A North American course schedule can be found on the HawkGrips website.
Pritpal Chana works for Physiotherapy Kent Ltd. in the United Kingdom as a senior clinical lead physiotherapist and also operates a private clinic called ChanaPhysiotherapy. He has attended the HawkGrips “Level I: IASTM Fundamentals” course as well as the “Soft Tissue and Pain Management” course that is taught by HawkGrips Instructor Ken Johnson, PT, and offered by Physiquipe, official United Kingdom distributor for HawkGrips. The latter course combines myofascial acoustic compression therapy, IASTM, targeted negative pressure, and laser 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.
Although 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!
Navigating Neurological Conditions: Instructor Kraig Bano Shares the Attendee Excitement From a Recent HawkGrips Course Near Scenic Salt Lake City
At the base of the Wasatch Mountains, about 13 miles south of Salt Lake City, is scenic Sandy, UT. On my way to the Neuroworx facility there to teach a HawkGrips instructional course, those majestic mountains formed the backdrop to one the most picturesque landscapes I’ve ever seen. Soon after arriving, I learned that Neuroworx, a community-based outpatient physical therapy clinic specializing in neurological conditions, was every bit as impressive as the peaks surrounding it.
How Physical Therapist and HawkGrips Instructor Dr. Lindsay Becker Launched a Pioneering Private Practice Geared Toward Golfers
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HawkGrips in the United Kingdom: Physiquipe Coordinates an IASTM Introductory Workshop at Leeds Beckett University
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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…