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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 research throughout the years has been that manual therapies and modalities should be used in conjunction with each other. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is no exception.

therapeutic taping kinesiology tape HawkGrips IASTM conjunctive therapy treatment

Therapeutic taping is one example of a treatment that combines well with HawkGrips Therapy.

Various case studies have shown the efficacy of IASTM in conjunction with warm-up, stretching, strengthening, and/or cryotherapy. I’ve posted references below for a few of my favorites, as well as the conjunctive therapies utilized. While some studies have shown that IASTM can be utilized as a stand-alone therapy, these are few and far between and mostly on animal models. Check out the references below for examples, not including any of the animal model studies.

What other types of modalities can I utilize with HawkGrips?

HawkGrips represent another tool in your toolbox. Feel free to experiment with different ways to incorporate HawkGrips into your therapy regimen. A basic treatment includes a warm-up, preferably active; followed by HawkGrips Therapy and therapeutic exercise, whether it be stretching, high-repetition/low-load training, and/or eccentric exercises.

I have spoken to many clinicians who implement the following after HawkGrips Therapy:

  • Kinesiology tape
  • Eccentric training
  • Proprioceptive training
  • Dry-needling
  • Cryotherapy
  • Stretching
  • Joint mobilizations

Many clinicians, myself included, also utilize the following techniques during HawkGrips Therapy:

  • Stretching
  • Trigger-point release
  • Active release
  • Passive motion
  • Eccentric training
Conjunctive Therapy Resources

Aspegren C, Hyde T, & Miller M. Conservative treatment of a female collegiate volleyball player with costochondritis. J Manip Physiol Therapeutics. 2007; 30(4):321-325.

  • Spinal manipulations
  • Kinesiotape

Howitt S, Jung S, Hammonds N. Conservative treatment of a tibialis posterior strain in a novice triathlete: A case report. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2009; 53(1):23-31.

  • ART
  • Ultrasound
  • Therapeutic exercise

Papa JA. Two cases of work-related lateral epicondylopathy treated with Graston Technique and conservative rehabilitation. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2012; 56(3):192-200.

  • Activity modification
  • Bracing
  • Medical acupuncture with electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic exercise

White KE. High hamstring tendinopathy in 3 female long distance runners. J Chiropr Med. 2012; 10(2):93-99.

  • Lumbopelvic manipulation
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening of hamstrings and gluteals
  • Proprioceptive training
Stand-Alone Therapy Resources

Laudner K, Compton BD, et al. Acute effects of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization for improving posterior shoulder range of motion in collegiate baseball players. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014; 9(1):1-7.

  • Blinded, randomized controlled trial with 35 asymptomatic participants
  • 40 seconds of treatment applied to posterior shoulders showed acute improvements in glenohumeral horizontal adduction and internal rotation

Markovic G. Acute effects of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization vs. foam rolling on knee and hip range of motion in soccer players. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2015; 19(4):690-696. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2015.04.010.

  • Randomized controlled trial with 20 asymptomatic participants
  • 2-minute treatment on hamstrings and 2-minute treatment on quadriceps with either foam rolling or IASTM showed that participants treated with IASTM had better passive range of motion with knee flexion and straight-leg raise, both immediately after treatment and 24 hours later

Portillo-Soto A, Eberman LE, et al. Comparison of blood flow changes with soft tissue mobilization and massage therapy. J Altern Complement Med. 2014; 20(12):932-936.

  • Massage and IASTM both increased tissue temperature
  • Theoretically caused by increased blood flow

Trista Barish is the director of education at HawkGrips and can be reached at tbarish@hawkgrips.com.

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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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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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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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