Repetitive abuse and neglect had taken its toll on my left calf. As an ultrarunner, I push the envelope of extremes. I had to take a break from running. When I met Sae, my PT, and he explained the Astym procedure, I was hopeful it would provide relief and get me back to running. Continue reading Astym Therapy Got Me Back To Ultrarunning
Astym® therapy has helped many individuals recover from a variety of conditions as well as, relieve pain, restore function, and regain range of motion. Before deciding on any treatment, we always recommend consulting with a trusted healthcare provider. It’s important to be properly evaluated and talk with them before deciding on a course of treatment.
Did you know, according to the CDC, at least 3 million older adults visit the ER for fall-related injuries every year?* Factors such as lower body weakness, difficulty walking, poor balance, and foot pain can all increase a person’s risk of falling but are preventable with proper rehab therapy.
Want to help your patients stay safe and active? Check out these 5 tips to decrease your patients’ chance of falling!Continue reading Fall Prevention Awareness: How To Reduce Fall Risk
It’s not just affecting millennials. Text neck is easily one of the most rapid modern age conditions effecting the general population. The main cause of text neck is the continuous “downward looking” posture. This posture is most common when viewing a phone, tablet, or other handheld device. Continue reading What To Do About Text Neck
Backpacks are a necessity for many hikers, students, and commuters. They simplify carrying important items but can quickly become uncomfortable if used improperly.Continue reading Backpack Safety: How To Avoid Pain And Injury
You’re on the road to recovery and sometimes it takes longer than you would like. So what can you do to get the most out of your treatment and get better, faster?⠀ Continue reading 3 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Physical Therapy
“Scar tissue formed after surgery or injury often ends up being painful and limiting movement for patients. Although there are a number of possible treatments, these options are expensive and often have only limited success. According to Drs. Michael Mont, Morad Chughtai, Jared Newman, and their colleagues, a revolutionary new approach is now available. Called Astym therapy, the new method works by stimulating the body’s own mechanisms of regeneration for soft tissues and re-absorption of scar tissue. Crucially, after treatment, patients report significant improvements in mobility and pain relief…“
Your Astym®-certified therapist went through intensive training to become an expert in treating soft tissue dysfunctions and scar tissue. With Astym therapy, you’re an active participant in your recovery. Here’s what to expect during your first visit:
First, they stimulate.
An Astym-certified therapist follows specific treatment parameters to initiate the healing process. They will glide instruments firmly along your skin, following the direction of the muscle, tendon or ligament. You will feel bumps as the instrument moves along your skin. These bumps are the defective soft tissue. The first couple of treatments may range from being only slightly noticeable to mildly uncomfortable — but stick with it! As your body heals, those bumps will decrease and the area around your old injury will smooth out nicely, indicating healing. There also may be some mild bruising in the area being treated, but don’t worry! That is one indication that the body is hard at work, absorbing the old tissue and laying down healthy new tissue.
Then, you stretch and strengthen.
It’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Your therapist will give you a customized stretching and strengthening program designed to encourage your body to heal correctly. Stretching tells the new fibers to line up properly, in nice parallel lines. Strengthening makes the fibers stronger, allowing your symptoms of pain and discomfort to go away.
And stay active!
We’ve found that if you continue to work, play sports or do your favorite activities while you are enrolled in Astym therapy, the tissue remodeling will occur in a way that supports these activities. The great news is that the Astym treatment allows you to participate in these activities without the pain you previously felt. By remaining active during the Astym process, your old injured area will become stronger.
After driving back to Wyoming from Nebraska my lower back was starting to kill me. At one point it was so bad that my back would lock up and put me on the ground… I went to Momentum Physical Therapy and on my first they had me do stretches and an Astym treatment… after the second treatment 2 days later I could get up out of bed and out of my office chair with little to no pain. Astym therapy is amazing and I can’t wait to get on the golf course once the weather gets better. I can do things again that I wouldn’t do in fear of hurting my back. Knowing that I can go get Astym therapy if it starts hurting again is true peace of mind.
Momentum Physical Therapy
305 E. Lakeway Rd., Gillette, WY 82718
I broke my tibia and fibula in my right leg. I did not receive proper physical therapy after my injury and was in a wheelchair for several months. I finally made it to SERC in Liberty, Missouri and began receiving the treatment that I needed. My muscles were extremely tight and I had very little ability to move my legs on my own. My Physical Therapist introduced me to ASTYM. At first, my muscles were so tender that I thought it hurt. After another try, I understood more of what it was about and began to feel how well it worked. I am thrilled that my PT has included this in my therapy and believe that it has helped me tremendously in my recovery.
SERC Physical Therapy
9760 N Ash Ave, Kansas City, MO 64157