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Exclusive Interviews

Exclusive Interviews

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.

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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…

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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.

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How Just Two HawkGrips Treatments Helped CUSP 365 Founder Jaclyn DiGregorio Overcome a Debilitating Running Injury [Interview]

CUSP 365 Jaclyn DiGregorio HawkGrips IASTM author marathon runnerJaclyn DiGregorio grew up outside Philadelphia and graduated in May from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She founded the health and wellness brand CUSP 365 in September 2016 and became a published author in April with the book The CUSP Method: Your Guide to Balanced Portions and a Healthy Life. Her “Cusp_It” Instagram account has nearly 4,000 followers, and she’s also a dedicated runner who experienced severe leg pain for almost two years before trying HawkGrips. The transformative results after just two treatments shocked her.

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Bridging an Ocean: Andy Thomas Relates How Physiquipe Became the Official United Kingdom Distributor for HawkGrips [Interview]

Physiquipe Andy Thomas HawkGrips IASTM rehabilitation distributor equipmentAndy Thomas is the founder and director of Physiquipe, based in Manchester, United Kingdom (UK). He launched Physiquipe in 2012, after working as a sport and exercise scientist and distributor of high-tech rehabilitation equipment within the National Health Service (NHS), elite sports world, and to universities and private healthcare clinics. Five years later, the company now has seven global partners (including HawkGrips) with the same goal – to raise the standards of healthcare. Physiquipe does this by hand-picking the best rehabilitation technology, and providing educational training and courses…

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Why Chiropactor and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Specialist Dr. Debbie Bright Uses HawkGrips with Every Patient [Interview]

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization HawkGrips IASTM Dr. Debbie Bright chiropractor chiropracticDr. Debbie Bright, DC, MS, is the owner and founder of iMotion Therapies in La Jolla, CA, a section of San Diego. Originally from Boonville, MO, she graduated in December 2012 with her doctor of chiropractic degree from Logan University in suburban St. Louis. Dr. Bright moved to San Diego a year later and first learned about HawkGrips in February 2014. Since founding iMotion Therapies in the summer of 2014, the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization specialist now utilizes HawkGrips with literally every patient who walks through her door.

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Why Chiropractor Dr. Malachi Henry Credits HawkGrips for Saving His Career as an Ironman Triathlete [Interview]

Dr. Malachi Henry DC chiropractor Ironman triathlete Kona HawaiiDr. Malachi Henry, DC, is an elite triathlete who recently accomplished the incredible feat of qualifying for the 2017 Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. Originally from Columbus, IN, he graduated from Xavier University, Cincinnati, in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in natural science. Dr. Henry then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL, graduating in December 2016. His stellar Ironman career has encompassed great heights and one particular abyss, when he was unable to train for six months from 2014-2015 due to acute iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome. What rescued Dr. Henry from…

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Athletic Trainer Scott Dolly Relates How HawkGrips Are Helping to Change the Current Model in Healthcare [Interview]

Scott Dolly athletic trainer HawkGrips ATC IASTM Evolution Human Performance and RehabilitationScott Dolly, MS, ATC, CSCS, is the owner and CEO of Evolution Human Performance and Rehabilitation in Winchester, VA. A top sports performance and rehabilitation specialist, he earned his master’s degree in athletic training at Shenandoah University. Dolly specializes in movement analysis and biomechanics, as well as myofascial release and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). He also works with RUNGA, an eight-day retreat in Costa Rica where attendees train with top professionals in their fields, and Spartan Race as a provider of movement analysis and IASTM/manual therapy services for pro athletes.

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How Physician Dr. Annette Racaniello Overcame Decades of Injury-Induced Disability Thanks to HawkGrips [Interview]

Dr. Annette Racaniello DO runner HawkGrips IASTM patientDr. Annette Racaniello, DO, is a family practice physician based in Brookhaven, NY. She became an avid runner nearly 50 years ago, even competing in the 1976 Boston Marathon long before the recent running boom made marathoning a mainstream pursuit. But in 1990, Dr. Racaniello suffered a devastating accident while running. This led to a nightmare of 13 surgical procedures and extensive biomechanical dysfunction over the ensuing decades that robbed her of mobility, quality of life, and the ability to pursue her favorite recreational activity. But about two years ago, Dr. Racaniello discovered HawkGrips…

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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!


  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 people I...

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…

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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