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The HawkGrips Story+
HawkGrips was founded in 2012 with a singular focus in mind: to help people heal. But its origins actually date back much further to when Owner and Founder Frank Osborne suffered an almost fatal skiing accident in 1997. His extensive injuries included a broken back, neck, wrist, forearm, and soft-tissue damage riddling him from head to toe. After a decade of different physical therapy interventions and about 25 surgeries, recovery still eluded Frank.
Then in 2008, his life changed when he experienced Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) for the first time. This treatment entails the skilled utilization of precision metal instruments to massage away scar tissue. Frank immediately felt vast improvement in his mobility along with significantly decreased pain.
Inspired by the transformative capability of these tools, Frank soon resolved to start his own IASTM company. Gaining insight from clinicians and other patients, he determined to create a set of instruments that would be the finest on the market. Just as significantly, Frank believed these products and the science supporting them should be accessible to a wide audience rather than a limited few.
HawkGrips instruments are precision-engineered to be the ideal IASTM tools for any practitioner, and have been created with the help of direct input from clinicians and patients. Fabricated from solid 316-grade stainless steel, with textured cross-hatch gripping, the instruments are designed to decrease fatigue and slippage for the therapist without sacrificing quality of treatment for the patient. HawkGrips tools are casted in small batches, then hand-polished, all within a few hours of our Pennsylvania headquarters.
Not only does HawkGrips make the best instruments, but we also employ the best instructors to teach you how to utilize them. With a curriculum specifically formulated by some of the finest clinicians in the country, HawkGrips courses are held throughout the year across the United States, and taught by many of the same professionals who helped us design these state-of-the-art instruments.
Benefits of using HawkGrips and IASTM+
FOR PATIENTS FOR PRACTITIONERS Enhanced athletic performance Reduced strain and stress on hands Quicker post-workout recovery Improved patient outcomes in fewer visits Rejuvenation of fatigued muscles Increased feedback and resonance Injury prevention Increased referrals Decreased pain
What Sets HawkGrips Instruments Apart?+
HawkGrips instruments are entirely American-made, manufactured in small quantities through a multi-step process that occurs within 400 miles of our Pennsylvania headquarters. We take pride in knowing exactly how and where our products are fabricated, while also contributing to the local economy.
Making HawkGrips your IASTM instrument of choice not only benefits your patients but also provides a multitude of benefits to you as a clinician:
• Patented cross-hatch grips prevent instrument slippage
• Decreased strain on your hands and wrists
• Free listing on Locate a Provider database
• No hidden fees or contracts
• Free access to marketing supports
• Increased patient referrals
• Improved patient outcomes
• Lifetime warranty
HawkGrips Certification Program+
Education is integral to a successful career of using HawkGrips. Our courses will provide you with a strong grasp of IASTM technique and the confidence to put your new skills to work in your daily practice. HawkGrips courses are taught by leading instructors with real-life experience in using and teaching IASTM. We offer certification courses at multiple levels, each including a combination of home study, classroom learning and post-course testing. With 11 CEUs available for Level I and 12 CEUs for Level II, each requiring only 8 hours in the classroom, we provide the most in-depth yet convenient curriculum available.
Level I: IASTM Fundamentals *up to 11 CEUs*
This course covers the basic skills necessary to safely begin Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques. In this introductory skills-acquisition course, participants will receive hands-on instruction in the proper use of IASTM through a lab-focused teaching format. The course will address proper instrument selection to address body contours and reach target tissues.
• 2-hour online pre course introduction
• 8-hour classroom
• 1-hour post course online certification test
Level II: Advanced IASTM *up to 12 CEUs*
This course builds on the principles covered in the introductory IASTM course. Using a case-study lab-focused teaching format, advanced treatment strokes are introduced and problem-solving skills are emphasized. This course includes the utilization of motion with IASTM and multi-regional treatment concepts. (Prerequisite = Level I: IASTM Fundamentals).
Prerequisite = Level I: IASTM Fundamentals
• 2-hour online pre course
• 8-hour classroom
• 2-hour post course online certification test
Level III: Specialty IASTM
Why HawkGrips Education and Certification?+
• The most current information about IASTM techniques and research
• Hands-on learning: over 80% of classroom time is lab-based
• Case study-based: real-life scenarios, no “cookbook approach”
• Certification offered at each level
• No Strings attached: We do not require attendees to purchase our instruments, nor do we require those who do purchase our instruments to attend our courses
• Top-quality instructors (based on attendee feedback)
• Unrivaled customer service
“This is an awesome course! Saw immediate, positive results during the hands-on sections. The instructor had a vast knowledge of the applications that he applied in the course and in his practice. Excellent course for any therapist to take.”
Patrick Weter, PTA (Illinois)
“I attended the HawkGrips class and was very pleased with the organization of the information. The instructor was very knowledgeable and the techniques practical. I was able to return to clinic and put the techniques to use with several patients the first day! I was very impressed with the outcomes from implementing this in our clinic! So were our patients!”
Barbara Deering, PT, CLT-LANA, CAPP-Pelvic, CKTP (Florida)
“After years of working with various instruments, I knew immediately that I was seeing the Gold Standard of IASTM when I came across HawkGrips. The variety of treatment edges, textured gripping and quality surface finish are unmatched for patient and therapist comfort. HawkGrips are the future of IASTM treatment and the tools I prefer to use when treating my patients.”
Mark Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, CERT. MDT
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