Graston Technique Trained

Graston Technique Trained

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

HawkGrips® Tools

When soft tissue injury occurs, collagen, which is the tough protein that helps build connective tissues such as tendons, bones and ligaments, is reassembled in abnormal arrangements or cross-linkages, referred to as scar tissue. Such abnormal arrangements or cross-linkages ultimately result in decreased tensile strength, decreased reactivity, and limited range of motion, which can cause the involved tissues to become prone to chronic re-injury and/or pain.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is an advanced form of myofascial mobilization primarily used to detect and release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions and reduce pain and inflammation when a soft tissue injury occurs.  When coupled with stretching, strengthening, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy and other modalities, IASTM is intended to improve connective tissue function by rebuilding affected tissue into healthy, functioning tissue.

Dr. Boaz Ritblatt, Doctor of Physical Therapy, has been trained in Graston Technique®, which is an innovative, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. The Graston Technique® utilizes stainless steel instruments to detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Electing to use State-Of-The-Art HawkGrips® Tools, Dr. Boaz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, is able to break-up the abnormal cross linkages between muscles, tendons, or fascia and return the injured area to its optimal function.  The HawkGrips® Tools enable better detection of adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Once the affected areas are identified, the HawkGrips® Tools are used to break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions increasing blood flow into the affected area, which allows the body to heal naturally.

The goal of IASTM is to provide an optimal healing environment for connective tissue by modifying the physiologic responses to injury, such as inflammation, or by enhancing components of normal musculoskeletal function, such as increasing range of motion and strength.

IASTM speeds rehabilitation and recovery, reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication and allows patients to continue everyday activities. IASTM may re-initiate the inflammatory process, allowing for healing and scar tissue remodeling to begin again.


HawkGrips® can be used to treat a large range of abnormalities that include:

Tendinopathies: Such as lateral epicondylitis, trigger finger, and Achilles tendinitis

Postural Abnormalities: Such as upper and lower cross syndrome

Myofascial Pain Syndromes: Such as fibromyalgia, IT-Band Syndrome and plantar fasciitis

Entrapment Syndromes: Such carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome

Ligament Pain: Such as chronic and acute ankle sprains

Scar Tissue/Adhesions: Such as mature post-surgical scarring, including post-mastectomy and caesarean scarring

Edema Reduction: Such as acute swelling and lymphedema

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