“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…“
Be an active participant in your recovery!
First they stimulate: An Astym®-certified therapist follows specific treatment parameters to initiate the healing process. She or he 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. Continue reading What To Expect During Your First Astym® Treatment Visit
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. Even though Astym therapy has a very good reputation for quality and effectiveness, some players have not tried it. Why? Some are unaware of significant improvements it can make in their game. Others are a bit skeptical. NFL players are fortunate in that they have access to all of the latest and greatest approaches to injury management and performance enhancement. However, the downside is that they often try many highly touted treatments that don’t live up to their “hype”. Naturally, the players then become wary of whether they will see the real results they expect.
After my presentation on Astym treatment, there was intense interest from the players who had not yet tried it. I was talking to these players about how their performance would improve, how their old nagging injuries could disappear, and how their bodies could be made stronger and better adapted to their sport. Just then, an NFL player who said he tried everything before finally becoming a devote Astym treatment fan, chimed in: “This isn’t Voodoo man, it’s the real deal!” I couldn’t have said it better.
Written by: Dr. Tom Sevier, Medical Director of the Astym Program
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.
Athlete’s Performance/EXOS, the premier facility that trains and conditions elite and professional athletes, has Astym therapy as a core component of its training and conditioning program. Brittani Cookinham, PT, DPT, ATC of EXOS is one of the Astym-certified clinicians that will be in Rio to support athletes, and she plans to rely heavily on Astym therapy to get her athletes in top condition. “Astym therapy is essential for athletes to perform at their highest level.”
Peer-reviewed research confirms that there is nothing like Astym® therapy. Here are some important points contained in peer-reviewed publications:
- The Astym approach is the only regenerative medicine treatment in therapy
- Astym therapy is highly effective and safe, and has broad applications
- Proven to be more effective than other available treatments, Astym therapy has also been shown to be safe and effective across large populations.
- Astym therapy demonstrates impressive results, even where other treatments fail
For complete details, please see the Research Overview, which contains a summary of peer-reviewed, published research.
I had surgery on my left knee in October 2015. I had to have physical therapy and then I was introduced to Astym therapy. The first time it helped with the swelling but it was painful. After a few days it did feel better.
During physical therapy my progress with my mobility was developing slowly. I believe having Astym treatment helped my swelling go down, which improved my mobility.
Astym treatment helped my progress during my physical therapy treatments and I would recommend it to future patients.
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy
1140 East Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-0196 Website: www.dptrehab.com
A note from the Astym program: Clinical study has shown Astym therapy to be very helpful when used post-surgically. A large study was just published in the Journal of Knee Surgery, and it showed that patients suffering from persistent knee stiffness following surgery had significant improvement from Astym therapy.
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. Astym therapy continues to forge new ground in the treatment of injuries and also expand the boundaries of physical therapy into new patient populations. The Astym Research Project developed entirely unique new theories on how to engage soft tissue healing, and changed the actual paradigm on how to treat soft tissue dysfunction.
Astym therapy, evidenced to engage the regenerative mechanisms of the body and promote the healing of soft tissues, has repeatedly been shown safe and effective in controlled clinical trials, clinical study, and large population outcomes studies.
Astym treatment is different in goals and application from the Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques. IASTM uses tooled friction massage to mechanically break apart tissue, whereas Astym therapy’s aim is to engage the regenerative mechanisms of the body to repair damaged tissue and resorb scar tissue. IASTM’s role in the treatment of soft tissue dysfunction is unclear, as IASTM has been shown to (a) not improve treatment results for ankle injury, (b) be comparable to no treatment being provided in elbow tendinopathy, and (c) result in a significant increase in pain and a significant decrease in the perception of function, where the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) decreased following IASTM. There have been case studies suggesting IASTM may have a role in treatment, however, those studies have largely been multimodal, so conclusions from those are difficult or impossible to draw. The research that has isolated IASTM for study suggests that clinical use may not be beneficial.
For a fully referenced summary of research on Astym therapy and IASTM, please read this Research Overview.
I just wanted to tell others about the Astym treatment and how it helped me during my recovery and rehab for my Achilles tendon. The treatment helped ease the pain and swelling of the scar tissue at the back of my heel and calf muscle. It was not a comfortable process the first time but the benefits were almost immediate and the following treatments were progressively easier. The benefits are reduced pain and swelling as well as helping out with the flexibility. Definitely worth the time and helped me out a lot.
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab, 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: 704-865-0077 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com
I have had two hip replacement surgeries as well as a back surgery. Astym therapy had made a huge difference in walking I don’t limp any more and have vitality in my stride . Amanda has worked with me on regaining my balance and strength . I feel like I am getting my life back.
Cathy Keel Clinic: Altru Rehabilitation Center, 1300 South Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-780-2315 Website: www.altru.org
The pain in my elbow was not getting any better. Actually, I was beginning to experience limited use of my whole arm. Opening door knobs, cooking, drying my hair and writing were beginning to be affected because the inflammation caused by my tennis elbow was so bad. After the Astym therapy I began to regain use of my arm. Then we were able to discover exactly what was causing my problem, which was the way I slept on my arm. Astym therapy was exactly what was needed.
Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Physical Therapy & Rehab 620 Summit Crossing Place Suite 305 Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: 704-833-3103 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com
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. Guided by these principles and proposed theories, the Astym process research team conducted their own basic science and clinical research to develop and refine non-invasive protocols aimed at activating a regenerative process. Once the Astym protocols and process were optimized, clinical studies and trials confirmed Astym treatment’s effectiveness.
In addition to the published, peer-reviewed scientific and clinical research on Astym treatment, perhaps one of the largest case series ever conducted is contained in the independent database known as the Astym Analyst, which contains data on almost 10,000 Astym patients. Clinicians from all across the country independently enter data to create a national bank of outcomes on Astym treatment, which shows the actual response rates for each diagnosis, patient type, co-morbidities, etc. Not only does this provide a good real-world evidence base for Astym treatment, it also gives patients, health care providers and payers valuable benchmark data, so they know how many treatments it should take to resolve a certain condition. Sample outcomes reports are available on the Astym therapy research page. This is exactly the type of data that everyone wants to show the value of the treatment they are receiving. In this era of accountable care there is a need to verify that clinical research translates into real world results, and that is exactly what this data does: it verifies that the positive results of the scientific and clinical research showing the efficacy of Astym therapy translates into clinical success across a large population. A goal of the accountable healthcare movement is to provide evidence that the care provided produced value for the patient—as reported by the patient. The Astym Analyst can satisfy this requirement. The Astym Analyst data show:
- Astym therapy is highly effective and safe across a large population
- Substantiates the reliability of Astym therapy in the real world, and confirms the results of the controlled studies. The scientific and clinical research of Astym therapy translates into clinical success across a large population. This kind of data is becoming very valuable in the era of accountable care and the Affordable Care Act.
- Demonstrates the predictability of Astym therapy: expected resolution rates and time frames