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Love it! Astym therapy helped me after surgery.

This is the third time astym therapy has helped me, twice on two different knee replacements and one on rotator cuff surgery . I really like it! It made a difference in my recovery .

Teresa Mathis
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
2345 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: (704) 865-0077 Website:

NFL Players Embrace Astym therapy

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

Dr. Sevier speaks with NFL Players Association

What is Astym treatment?

Astym treatment is a physical therapy treatment that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

Astym treatment is highly effective for restoring movement and reducing pain from soft tissue injury/dysfunction, and Astym even works when other approaches routinely fail.  One of the main reasons for this is that Astym was designed to target the underlying cause of many soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to relieve symptoms.  Here are some of the diagnoses where patients have demonstrated excellent clinical results when treated with Astym:

• Lateral epicondylosis, chronic lateral epicondylitis
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
• Wrist sprain
• Plantar fasciopathy/heel pain/chronic plantar fasciitis
• Achilles tendinosis and chronic achilles tendinitis
• Shin splints
• Patellar tendinosis, chronic patellar tendinitis/tendonitis (jumper’s knee)
• IT band syndrome
• Chronic hamstring strain
• Joint contractures
• Overuse injuries
• Pain or loss of motion & function following surgery, trauma or overuse injury

Here is a full listing of diagnoses that have been monitored and the outcomes (treatment results) tracked.

Astym treatment is non-invasive, which means there are no injections or incisions.  Instruments are applied topically (on top of the skin) to locate dysfunctional (unhealthy) tissue, and to transfer mild to moderate pressure to the underlying soft tissue structures.   Astym treatment stimulates tissue turnover, scar tissue resorption, and the regeneration of tendons, muscles and other soft tissue structures.

Astym treatment  is typically provided twice weekly for four to five weeks (about 9 total treatment sessions) and is done in conjunction with eccentric loading, stretching, and functional exercises. Unlike other treatments, Astym encourages patients to active, workers to stay on the job, and athletes to stay in their sport during treatment. The Astym process actually makes the tissues of the body stronger, and allows a patient’s body to become adapted to greater stress without injury.  Patients are very satisfied  and enthused with the results they see from Astym

Astym is used in settings ranging from therapy clinics to hospitals to industrial rehabilitation to elite/professional athletics. This highly-effective, proven treatment helps countless patients every day. Astym is scientifically based and supported by clinical research and extensive outcomes.

The Answer for Accountable Care

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

Astym® Therapy Presenting at 2016 Annual World Cancer Congress

The recent peer-reviewed research on Astym therapy improving function and range of motion in breast cancer survivors is getting a lot of attention.  Claire Davies, PT, PhD CLT-LANA, the lead researcher and main author, has been invited to present at Annual World Cancer Congress taking place next month. This research demonstrates the impressive effectiveness of Astym therapy methods and protocols in breast cancer survivors.

The Astym therapy methods and protocols are evidence based and scientifically developed.  Medical research consistently demonstrates the safety and effectiveness of Astym therapy methods, and also shows how Astym therapy is key in successful treatment following breast cancer treatment.

Only Astym-certified clinicians offer this therapy, and they are all listed in the Find A Provider directory the astym website.  In order to become certified in Astym therapy, clinicians undergo intensive training  and testing.

Astym® Therapy Shown Effective in the Treatment of Tennis Elbow – Again!

More support for Astym therapy has just been published.  A large, randomized clinical trial showing Astym therapy to be highly effective for tennis elbow, and also demonstrating Astym therapy’s impressive efficacy on recalcitrant tennis elbow, has just been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

This large scale clinical trial demonstrating the effectiveness and safety of Astym therapy gives even more reason for referral sources and patients to seek out certified Astym providers.  Large controlled clinical trials are very important contributions to the literature, and we are pleased that Astym therapy has joined the rare, elite rank of treatments that have quality clinical trials supporting effectiveness and safety.

Please feel free to download and share this clinical trial:

Astym therapy is one of the most researched and effective interventions available – it is unmatched in its ability to resolve a wide range of soft tissue dysfunctions.  


Astym therapy: Helping Me Help Injured Employees

Our company builds furniture and is very labor intensive. Employees who have repetitive motion injuries have significant improvement with Astym treatment.

Margi Gilmore, Health and Safety Director, Ferdinand, IN

Clinic:  Memorial Hospital and Health Care, 800 West 9th Street Jasper, IN 47546 Phone: 812-996-0682 Website:

Thoracic Knots Gone Away! Astym therapy helped my neck and back tightness/pain

I have battled with thoracic and cervical pain and tightness for several years. I finally had the physical therapists at Madison Park PT work on my upper back with Astym therapy. What a difference! I have so much freedom in my range of motion and can go several days without the feeling of knotted up muscles. It has allowed me to go on long backpacking trips without pain and to not be consciously thinking about my spine during my daily life. Astym therapy is truly awesome.

Where I was treated: Madison Park Physical Therapy
3121 E. Madison, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98112 Phone: 206-324-5389