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Post-surgical therapy

From Bedrest To Bicycles, Astym helped give me my life back

In January 2007, I was in a car accident that nearly took my life. I had a spiral fracture in my left femur, three pelvic fractures, five broken ribs, a punctured lung, Level 3 spleen injury, traumatic brain injury, and a blood infection. I was hospitalized for six weeks, went to a rehabilitation center, and received home health care and physical therapy when I went back home. I was 19 years old at the time of the accident.

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Road to Recovery: Astym gave me relief from Achilles tendonitis

After several years of running, including training for half-marathons, I was diagnosed with Achilles Tendonitis. I developed calcification deposits due to scar tissue along with a tear in the tendon. I went through various treatments including ultrasound therapy, Topaz surgery and platelet injections, as well as rest and immobilization. After a year and a half, I still experienced pain pretty much every time I moved. I could barely walk, let alone run. I could only wear shoes that had an elevated heel and was told by two different doctors that I was going to have to live with the condition and limit my activities. Over time, my whole body was affected by the injury as I was always compensating for pain.

I asked my doctor if I could go to physical therapy for my tendon problem. I wasn’t expecting it to help the tendon itself, but hoped that it could help with the loss of range of motion and the over-compensation happening on the other leg. He gave me the PT script and I set out to look for a good therapist.

I had read a little bit about Astym on the website at Accelerated Rehabilitation in Bloomfield Hills, MI. I decided to give it a go as I had nothing to lose. My PT, Sarah Giroux, was excited to use the Astym treatment on me, and I was excited to see a health professional that didn’t just write me off as incurable. Continue reading Road to Recovery: Astym gave me relief from Achilles tendonitis

A double header: Astym is helping me recover from a major car accident

A double head-on collision 18 years ago took away my freedom of movement. A hip replacement on 3/19/12 gave me the opportunity to re-gain mobility, but the 18 year old atrophied muscles were still a road block. I started physical therapy mid-April and was introduced to Astym. It’s a very intense method, with the best results I have ever experienced. Continue reading A double header: Astym is helping me recover from a major car accident

Limping to Walking, Astym resolves ankle pain

I wear many hats in my daily life. I’m a mother of two, three if you count my fur baby and I do count him as one of my children. I work full time in an office. I am a wife. I am also an athlete in one of the toughest sports. I am a roller girl. I skate for the Ohio Valley Roller Girls and we train hard. During one of our training sessions I fell and broke my ankle. I have no extravagant story like I took on an entire pack and was able to finish the game and our team won. Nothing that magical or amazing I just fell and broke my ankle six days before our first game ever. I had surgery three days later to put a plate on my ankle. I woke up from that surgery and that’s when the pain set in. Continue reading Limping to Walking, Astym resolves ankle pain

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.

What is Astym treatment?: Astym Definition, Part II

Astym treatment is effective in resolving many soft tissue problems, including chronic tendinopathies, tendon pain, tendon injury, stiffness, restricted movement, limited function and other conditions associated with adhesions or scar tissue that can occur after trauma or surgical intervention. It is also quite effective on sprains, strains, and other acute and sub-acute soft tissue injuries.  Continue reading What is Astym treatment?: Astym Definition, Part II

Internal Scar Tissue/Adhesions Limit Movement and Cause Pain

Over time, internal scar tissue or adhesions can build up in your joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues.  It can be caused by working your body too much, injury (such as sprains, strains and trauma), surgery, disease, or just by moving and not being in absolute perfect physical condition or having perfect “form” when you move.  Stiffness and many of the aches and pains that we have after reaching a “certain age” are due to the build up of internal scar tissue and adhesions.  Astym treatment is effective at reducing or eliminating internal scar tissue or adhesions.

Once the scar tissue and adhesions are reduced or removed, stiffness, and aches and pains often go away.  Astym’s resolution rates (outcomes) for scar tissue and adhesions related pain are impressive.  Click on this link to see how many people resolve their conditions after Astym treatment: http://www.astym.com/Content/documents/ASTYM%20Outcome%20Report.pdf.  These outcomes were submitted by independent clinicians from all across the country.