Is 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 motions of the instruments on a patient’s skin. HawkGrips instruments are designed to glide over the skin and “catch” on scar tissue. Patients may feel a vibration or “crunchy” feeling when the instrument comes across an area of adhesion. The treatment should never be painful but sometimes mild discomfort is felt.
An IASTM treatment may also yield petechiae, or broken capillaries seen as tiny bright red dots on a patient’s skin. This is a sign that the treatment should be stopped, before bruising occurs. Mild, tolerable soreness is not uncommon for one to three days after a treatment. Please advise patients to contact their clinician/physician if this soreness does not resolve or worsens within this time frame.
IASTM is best utilized in conjunction with a rehabilitation protocol that incorporates stretching and strengthening. So it’s important to emphasize home exercise program adherence with patients in order to ensure lasting treatment effects and lessen any residual soreness.
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.
“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!
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