Hello and welcome to the inaugural post of our new HawkTalk blog! Here you’ll find regular updates about the worlds of healthcare, sports medicine, rehabilitation, and of course HawkGrips. We’ll let you know about breaking news in the field, trending topics, conference coverage, and exclusive insights from our dedicated HawkGrips team, along with inspiring treatment success stories from guest-blogging clinicians.

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HawkGrips Founder & President Frank Osborne (right) speaks with attendees at the 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

We’re also proud to announce the launch this week of the newly redesigned HawkGrips website! In the four years since our founding, HawkGrips has grown by leaps and bounds, so we believed it was time for a website that better reflects the new heights to which we have soared. With an enhanced emphasis on visual appeal and user-friendly design, we believe the difference is like night and day.

The new HawkGrips site features tailored sections for Clinicians and Patients, along with a revamped Certification area that details our unrivaled IASTM educational offerings. You’ll also love the frequently updated content created by our talented staff and clinician contributors, including videos, blog posts, expert articles, and exclusive interviews!

While you’re exploring, please check out the official HawkGrips YouTube Channel, where you can subscribe for free and be among the first to know each time we post a new video. From Treatment Tutorials to Practitioner and Patient Profiles, we’re always on the lookout for new and creative ways to spread the word about the life-changing impact of HawkGrips! 

Most of all, we love hearing from friends, clinicians, patients, and even those who just want to learn a little more about us. So if you like what we’re doing at HawkGrips, please let us know! If there’s something you think we could be doing better, give us a heads-up about that too. Making a difference in people’s lives is truly what motivates us every day and your input is always welcome!

Frank X. Osborne is the founder & president of HawkGrips and can be reached at oz@hawkgrips.com.

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!

British Physiotherapist Applauds the Transformative Impact of HawkGrips on His Patients and Practice

physiotherapist HawkGrips IASTM United Kingdom Pritpal Chana Physiquipe patient clinic Physiotherapy Kent Ltd. ChanaPhysiotherapyAs a physiotherapist, I have been using HawkGrips for more than six months now and they are by far the best investment I’ve made for my work and business. Patients love these instruments and the outcomes they produce. Utilizing HawkGrips for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) has transformed my clinic into a desirable place to receive physiotherapy. Not only do patients enjoy the treatment itself, but also the quick and effective results. My patients with soft-tissue injuries have found…

How Physical Therapist and HawkGrips Instructor Dr. Lindsay Becker Launched a Pioneering Private Practice Geared Toward Golfers

golfers Augusta National Golf Club Masters Tournament Dr. Lindsay Becker Buckeye Performance Golf physical therapistThere are many telltale harbingers of spring, from warmer temperatures to longer days, chirping birds and blooming trees. But for golf enthusiasts, the most compelling sign winter has mercifully ended is the iconic Masters Tournament. Hosted annually by majestic Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, the Masters tees off this week amid great fanfare as the world’s best golfers compete for the coveted green jacket. The start of the Masters also symbolizes that the busy season is underway for Dr. Lindsay Becker…

HawkGrips in the United Kingdom: Physiquipe Coordinates an IASTM Introductory Workshop at Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University HawkGrips IASTM introductory workshop Physiquipe instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizationLast month, the student became the teacher when I had an opportunity to return to my alma mater, Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom, and instruct an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) workshop for third-year students. Physiquipe, the official United Kingdom distributor for HawkGrips, collaborates with universities to offer students the ability to gain continuing professional development hours on IASTM. This experience not only improves their curriculum vitae, but also…

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