“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.
I was previously invited to speak to the NFL Players Association. The NFL players specifically asked me to speak about Astym® therapy, which has increased the performance and extended the careers of NFL players.
The NFL players who receive Astym treatment agree that they perform at significantly higher levels and recover more quickly and fully from injuries that would sideline an athlete who is not receiving Astym treatment. Continue reading NFL Players Embrace Astym therapy
Elite Athletes will be relying on Astym® therapy to help achieve their highest and best performance in Rio. Certified Astym providers will be on hand supporting their athletes to increase athletic performance.
Astym therapy has been proven highly effective and safe in treating tendinopathies and other soft tissue dysfunction. In addition, Astym therapy improves muscle performance, as shown in this randomized, controlled clinical trial. Continue reading Astym Therapy Goes to Rio to Increase Athletic Performance
Astym® therapy resulted from a groundbreaking research endeavor undertaken by a multidisciplinary research team including well-known scientists, therapists, and physicians, with support from major universities and hospitals. In this Astym Research Project, the team had the unique advantage of being able to combine knowledge of physiology, cellular biology, and emerging scientific discoveries into the development of a whole new approach in the treatment of soft tissue dysfunction. Continue reading Astym therapy vs. IASTM: What’s the difference?
Astym therapy is the perfect solution for accountable care: it resolves common conditions faster and at less cost than other treatment options. In addition, it also resolves conditions that other treatments cannot. All this stems from its research base.
Astym® treatment is perhaps the only therapy approach that was produced through rigorous scientific development: from theory through basic science investigation to clinical study and practice. Theories regarding mechanisms of action for Astym treatment were developed based on the foundation of recent histologic research identifying the primarily degenerative nature of tendinopathies, and the investigations into the use of cellular mediators, growth factors and related products to assist in the healing and regeneration of tissues. Continue reading The Answer To Accountable Care
I work in an extremely fast paced production facility. I grab and pinch material all day long. My hands would go numb in the evenings and throb at night. Years went by and I dealt with it, but the sleepless nights, constant pain, being a grouchy wife, mother, and co-worker finally led me to do something. I thought about finding a new job, ( I overall like my job and the pay is excellent) but was unsure. Once I started to receive treatment I couldn’t wait to go. It was uncomfortable at first and I was skeptical. It was the good kind of pain. I went twice a week for about six weeks, then down to once a week. Two months later I still have occasional numbness and pain, but I am extremely HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!! Highly recommend.
Nicole McMickle Clinic: Memorial Hospital, Huntingburg, In
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center 800 West 9th Street Jasper, IN 47546 Phone: 812-996-682 www.mhhcc.org
I was in a motor vehicle accident in October of 2013. I had my left femur shattered in over 30 pieces. I had surgical repair of the fracture. As a result I have a vertical scar running from the top of my left thigh to my left knee. The scar tissue was lumpy, tight, and sensitive to the touch. My therapist suggested we try Astym treatment to help the situation. After having had twelve sessions with the Astym therapy I am very happy to report the scar is not lumpy anymore and my scar is not sensitive to the touch. I can now sleep on my left side again, thanks to Astym treatment.
James Baine, Astym patient
After having thumb joint replacement, I have had trouble with swelling. my therapist is doing the Astym therapy and it is working wonderfully. Continue reading Astym therapy helped relieve my stiffness and swelling after surgery
More support for Astym therapy has just been published. A study on chronic tennis was conducted and published by Emily Slaven, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, who is a University of Indianapolis Assistant Professor and a clinician at Franciscan St. Francis Health (Mooresville, IN). Continue reading Astym therapy again proven effective for tennis elbow