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I had been injured for five months, and within two weeks of starting HawkGrips treatment, I already noticed a significant difference in how my IT band felt. After about a month I was back to hard training for an Ironman Triathlon again!

Malachi Henry, DC

Owner, Henry Chiropractic

Combining IASTM with Chiropractic Care to Achieve Optimal Outcomes

chiropractic IASTM outcome Dr. Shannon Turek DC chiropractor HawkGripsAs 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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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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Navigating Neurological Conditions: Instructor Kraig Bano Shares the Attendee Excitement From a Recent HawkGrips Course Near Scenic Salt Lake City

neurological Neuroworx Wasatch Salt Lake City Sandy Utah HawkGrips IASTM courseAt 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.

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Why Quality and Service Matter When You Compare Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Companies

handlebar chiropractor Dr. Ron Donato lower back patient instrument HawkGrips IASTMIt’s fair to say that as a chiropractic physician and CrossFit trainer, I advocate a realistic, sustainable diet plan and constantly varied fitness routine. Hopefully, we can all agree that not all diet plans are created equal, and there’s no “magic pill” or “perfect” diet. Do your best to avoid processed foods 80-90% of the time and it’s safe to say you are “eating right.” We can probably also agree that not all exercise plans are created equal, and there’s no “magic machine” or “perfect” movement. Move properly with solid…

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APTA Combined Sections Meeting Poster Presentation Details the Effectiveness of IASTM for Plantar Heel Pain

plantar heel pain patient HawkGrips IASTM treatment research study CSMAt a recent APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), I presented a poster titled, “Utilization of Manual Therapy Including Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization for Recalcitrant Plantar Heel Pain.” My co-authors included Temple University colleagues Dr. Ziad Labbad, DPM, MD, Dr. Andrew J. Meyr, DPM, FACFAS, and podiatric medical student Chinenye Ezike, BS.We noted that plantar heel pain (or plantar fasciosis) is a painful, degenerative, non-inflammatory condition that limits daily function. Patients often describe “first-step” pain after periods of non-weight bearing and heel pain…

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Integrating Movement Assessment and Technology to Decrease Sports Injuries

movement assessment screening technology athletic skiing Winter Olympics ACL Play It Safe Program Dr. Trent NesslerIt’s an exciting time around the world as the torch will be lit today in South Korea to commemorate the start of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. For the next two weeks, some of the finest athletes from across the globe will passionately compete for gold in sports like skiing, snowboarding, hockey and speed skating. Amid this spectacle of athleticism, excitement and patriotism, the possibility of injury inevitably lurks in the background. And one of the most debilitating injuries that can occur in sports emphasizing speed and explosiveness is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

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Systematic Reviews on IASTM: What Are They Really Saying?

systematic reviews Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association IASTM Astym research case studies patients Journal of Exercise RehabilitationWhen I (Trista) first learned about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) in 2010, there was little quality research associated with it. Most clinicians referenced the infamous rat-tendon study conducted by Davidson et al in 1997 and many still do. We’ve come a long way in a short time, but unfortunately still have far to go before we understand all there is to know about IASTM and its efficacy. However, the past two years have seen the publication of not just one, but two systematic reviews on IASTM research!

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Combining Negative Pressure and IASTM to Increase Range of Motion

negative pressure PhysioTouch Physiquipe HawkGrips IASTM lymphatic flow soft tissueMy client complained of tension around his shoulder, which was causing tightness in the latissimus dorsi, neck musculature and down into his dominant arm. He plays racquetball, which loads soft tissue differently from tennis due to the types of rackets and balls involved. My treatment for him combined negative pressure with the PhysioTouch device and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) with HawkGrips, in an attempt to reduce fascial tension and increase range of motion (ROM).

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Is It a Muscle Strain or a Neuromuscular Strain? (Part 1)

muscle strain baseball player HawkGrips IASTM Graston neuromuscular Mark Shires ATC Baltimore OriolesHow many times has your evaluation included a statement similar to this: “no deformity, strength loss, swelling, or discoloration, but with a palpable tight band”? I’ve been telling anyone who will listen (mainly my wife Dr. Alison Gardiner-Shires, a fellow athletic trainer and HawkGrips instructor, because she has no choice but to listen to me) that at least half of the “strains” we see are not actually muscle strains, but rather neuromuscular strains. A four-year observational study, involving 23 European…

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Chiropractic Patient Achieves Full Cervical ROM After Two HawkGrips Treatments

cervical HawkGrips HG7 Boomerang instrument suboccipital musclesAs a chiropractor, I’ve always combined my treatments with soft tissue work, since I feel it’s a crucial adjunct to chiropractic spinal manipulation. I’ve performed soft tissue therapy on patients using my hands as well as other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) tools. But it wasn’t until I started utilizing HawkGrips that I witnessed an improvement in patient conditions and outcomes within a shorter period of time. Because I’ve had numerous experiences with patients making great progress thanks to…

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Why I Highly Recommend New HawkHydro Water-Based Emollient

HawkHydro water-based emollient HawkGrips IASTM instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizationWhat are some of the greatest needs in a busy clinic? Speed, cleanliness, and evidence-based effectiveness in treatment rank near the top when managing a hectic practice. As clinicians in today’s healthcare environment, we need to do more with less. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) utilizing HawkGrips instruments has been a “game-changer” in treating soft tissue dysfunction at the hand and upper-extremity clinic where I work. When combined with good clinical reasoning skills, IASTM for the right…

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HawkGrips & Electric Current: An Innovative Treatment Technique

electric current quadrangular space triangular interval space supraspinatus infraspinatus teres major minor biceps triceps deltoidRehabilitation in professional baseball is usually a game of attrition: Two steps forward and one step back while planning for an off day, hoping for a rainout, and just trying to get guys through to the offseason. I’ve wanted to acquire a HIVAMAT (Histological Variable Manual Technique) machine for a few years now, but the price just hasn’t agreed with the checkbook. So I decided to get a little inventive. I attach a stimulation pad to my patient and one to my HawkGrips instrument and shock away. No, really, I’m a big fan…

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Case Study Reveals How HawkGrips Can Help Patients Regain Significant ROM After Knee Replacement

knee replacement TKR HawkGrips IASTM extended flexedJohn is a 58-year-old, 5-foot-11, 220-pound retired correctional officer. He experiences left knee pain and range-of-motion (ROM) restrictions from past knee surgeries that have been unresolved by previous therapies. His medical history includes a left total-knee replacement in November 2012, followed by another surgery in December 2012 due to a staph infection. Although he underwent physical therapy, it was limited due to pain and soft tissue restrictions around the scar matrix and into his left hip and lumbar spine. In February 2014, the patient had surgery to add a spacer in his left knee…

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The Missing Link in Manual Therapy: More Dynamic Movement

manual therapy technique dynamic movement HawkGrips IASTM Mark Shires ATC athletic trainerThis might sound funny coming from me, but I can’t stand the manual therapy culture. All I see on Twitter and Instagram are inactive “active people” getting treated with “name the modality.” We pneumatically drill shoulders on a table, we look like we’ve been attacked by an over-amorous octopus, we squeeze the heck out of legs with moon boots, and we make appendages jump with electricity. Don’t get me wrong, I use all of these modalities and in future blog posts I plan to talk about how I’ve integrated them. But my go-to is HawkGrips, because all of my treatments are…

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Helping the People of India with HawkGrips

Jyo Supnekar IASTM HawkGrips India OT instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization All India Institute of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationI’d like to share a personal experience of generosity and kindness from a trip I took last month to my homeland of India. I had the privilege of giving back to an institution where I took classes in the 1980’s as part of the Occupational Therapy Master’s Program at the University of Bombay (now Mumbai). This facility, called the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a Government of India Ministry of Health and Human Welfare Institution. To provide a little background, I work full-time as a clinical specialist at…

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4 Common IASTM Mistakes: New Practitioners Edition

mistakes emollient IASTM treatment HawkGrips instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizationHawkGrips has been teaching continuing education courses for almost two years now. In that time, we’ve seen some understandable mistakes from course attendees. After all, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) can be an unfamiliar concept to these clinicians, who range from novice professionals to those with decades of experience in providing more traditional treatments. So for this article, we asked some of our instructors about the top mistakes they see from new IASTM practitioners…

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HawkGrips Make Incredible Impact on Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis

ankylosing spondylitis HawkGrips IASTM Kate Miller PTA treatmentToo often, shortcuts are taken that result in lost insight on the true nature of soft tissue dysfunction. But valuable manual therapy tools are within reach to clinicians of all disciplines. I was introduced to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) several years ago, and have seen nothing short of incredible results across the board. One patient in particular stands out, Matt McGraw, who recently shared his experience with the public via social…

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Case Study Details Effective IASTM Treatment for Posterior Elbow Dislocation

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization is a very effective and powerful treatment modality that addresses a variety of soft tissue dysfunction. It is utilized on a daily basis in my hand/upper extremity clinic with much success. Addressing soft tissue restriction is imperative to excellent clinical outcomes, as demonstrated by the following case study on elbow dislocation. The patient is a 44-year-old, right-handed male who presented six weeks and four days post-left posterior elbow dislocation…

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An Often Forgotten Way to Treat Knee Pain: Infrapatellar Fat Pad vs. Patellar Tendon

infrapatellar fat pad palpation patellar tendon knee pain HawkGrips IASTMWhat do you do with the patient who has seen five other providers, experienced 10-plus years of knee pain, and desperately wants to avoid getting a total-knee replacement (TKR) before turning 60 years old? Plus you only have two visits before they go back to their surgeon to decide on surgery. This was a real patient who I treated, but not that uncommon a situation. No two knee patients are the same, but I can share something that worked with this patient and has been a common finding if you know where to look. The patient’s chief complaint was anterior knee pain that limited…

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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…

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…

Drew Hanlen and Jason Pinili with HawkGrips

Pure Sweat is a basketball training company with Skills Coaches working across the US that offers a variety of products and services to players and coaches at every level...Drew Hanlen is the owner of Pure Sweat and an NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant that...

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.

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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