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Exclusive Interviews

Exclusive Interviews

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 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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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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Los Angeles Dodgers Physical Therapist Dr. Steve Smith Praises HawkGrips as the Best IASTM Products on the Market

Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball HawkGrips physical therapist Dr. Steve SmithMy 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…

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.

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…

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…

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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