Category Archives: Scar Tissue Treatment/Adhesions/Contractures

Scar Tissue Treatment/Adhesions/Contractures

Astym therapy helped my Achilles and heel pain after surgery

On January 20th of this year I had surgery to repair a torn tendon, Achilles Tendon lengthening and Calcaneal Osteotomy. On top of this I have RA. I started therapy because I had major swelling and nerve sensitivity and pain. Laura my therapist recommended Astym therapy. We started with once a week and after the first week, started doing treatments twice a week. My nerve sensitivity and pain has gone down drastically as well as my swelling. I’m able to walk across different floor surfaces, put on socks, wear shoes and no nerve pain at night. I’m so pleased with the results I have gotten with Astym Therapy treatments and would recommend them to anyone having nerve & tissue issues.

Jennifer Gilland
Treating Clinic: Mid-Nebraska Physical Therapy and Sports Center
120 West Leota Street, North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-534-0999  Website: midnebraskapt.com 

How Astym Therapy Helped Me After Knee Injury

I’m 64 years old and was hit by a car while I was riding my bicycle about a year and half ago. It messed my left knee up pretty good along with some other things. The pain was pretty bad and didn’t go away after about a year. My doctor said that the only way I could get rid of the pain was to get a full knee replacement, so after talking to some people, and family who had it done, I went ahead and had the full knee replacement. It worked out pretty good for me, but what I want to talk to you about is the Physical Therapy I had to go through, and how the Astym treatment worked out for me. Cora Health where I went for my physical therapy has this lady who works there, her name is Hyacinth Wallace, she is the clinic manager there. She was the one told me about Astym Treatment, how it could help soften the muscle tissue. After the operation my leg and knee were really tight, and the area behind my left knee was hard, and made it difficult for me to get my full range of motion back in my left leg. When Hyacinth started the Astym treatments I could feel the change in the muscles and tissue all the way up my leg, and especially behind my left knee. I believe this treatment has really helped me to get most of my range of motion back in my left leg, and I’m not done with my physical therapy at this time. My range of motion is 0 to 120 degrees. So I’m feeling pretty good about how it’s working out for me. So check it out yourself.

Thanks again
Jim

Jim Stodola
Treating Clinic:  CORA Palm Coast
50 Plaza Drive, Suite 104
Palm Coast, FL 32137
Phone: 386-447-5447 Website:  www.corahealth.com

Astym Therapy at Apex PT really helped my knee pain after surgery

The astym treatment I received at Apex helped considerably in reducing unwanted scar tissue in my replaced knee area. The after surgery treatment lessened the healing time and has me walking with better pace stride and less pain.

lawrence bennett
Treating Clinic: Apex Physical Therapy (Next to Fucillo Kia)
110 NE 2nd Place, Suites105 & 106
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Phone: 239-573-8658 Website: www.apexptflorida.com

No more knee pain after Astym therapy

I started suffering from an old knee injury last Fall. My knee was becoming a painful event every day. I talked to the physical therapists at TOPS Physical Therapy about treatment for my knee. They assured me that they could help me get back to normal, (pre Fall 2016) with treatment and exercises.

With confidence in their abilities, I started going to physical therapy three times a week. During the sessions, the physical therapist would use Astym therapy on my knee area, thigh and the back of my leg. I was amazed when they explained the process and how they were addressing scar tissue and adhesions. I am positive that this treatment contributed to the quick recovery from my knee pain.

Terri Brannon
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com

Hey My Shoulder Won’t Move? Astym therapy helped me!

I have never had an injury or joint issue that required physical therapy so this was an entirely new experience for me. I was constantly in pain. I could barely move my shoulder or raise my arm the limited range of motion and the pain was getting worse. After my second or third physical therapy appointment I was beginning to understand how complex the issue was with the supporting muscles. At that 3rd appointment was when I had the first Astym treatment, it was good timing because I was desperate and would have let them do anything but also felt confident and in good hands. It is deeply uncomfortable but truly was the most beneficial part of the therapy. I understood the relationship of the tight and underdeveloped muscles contributing to the immobility of my shoulder. After the Astym treatment I experienced less pain in my shoulder so I could really take advantage of my home exercises with less difficulty it was pretty significant right from the first treatment. I began to understand the target results of the Astym therapy so I got acclimated to the treatment quickly the short duration of pain (some bruising) outweighed the measurable improvement in my shoulder. I have worked hard with flexibility and strengthening exercises but without the added benefit of Astym therapy I may not have had the same results.

Cathy Smith
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Inc.
1140 East Algonquin Road,  Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-0196 Website:  www.dptrehab.com

Scar tissue getting much better with Astym therapy – Great results immediately

After having numerous surgery longest scar 26”! My therapist recommended Astym therapy to soften scar tissue. Wonderful results: scar tissue is healing quicker, smoother, & I’m getting feeling in the scar tissue area. Highly recommend!

Denise
Treating Clinic:  Apex Physical Therapy/Concepts in Rehab-Cape Coral (Next to Fucillo Kia)
110 NE 2nd Place, Suites105 & 106
Cape Coral, FL 33909 Phone: 239-573-8658
Website:  www.apexptflorida.com

An Amazing Outcome – Astym therapy cured my chronic foot pain

I broke the fifth metatarsal in my right foot, 15 years ago while working at my job. The environment required that we wear steel toe boots. I am 5’2 and was assisting a co-worker put merchandise in the overhead compartments. I was told that the movements I performed to hand boxes up with my height, caused the bone to break.
After the cast was removed, I continued to have multiple problems.
I was unable to drive, work, dance, or walk without intense pain. All the little things in life became unbearable.
I tried regular physical therapy but here was little or no change with my foot. My orthopedic doctor gave up on me and said there was nothing else he could do or recommend.
I am a person who does not take narcotics well, they make me sleep, masking the problem and not a solution.
In August, a friend asked if the doctor ever recommended ASTYM for therapy. I had never heard of the procedure and immediately looked it up.
I read everything I could get my hand on and decided to give it a try.
I called Heartland Rehab and was scheduled for an appointment the very next week. Nicole was amazing.
I arrived for the appointment and met Meryl Willingmyre and my life will never be the same.
She was always on time, encouraging, and uplifting. She explained the process and we began.
The first week was the greatest challenge but I knew this would be the answer I was looking for.
If we had know how dramatic the end results would have been, we both agreed it should have been recorded.
After suffering for 15years with pain that never stopped – this treatment was a miracle.
Thank you Meryl!

Evelyn Stone
Treating Clinic:  Heartland Rehab Services-Sicklerville
Lakeside Business Park
502-503 Independence Boulevard
Sicklerville, NJ 08081
Phone: 856-629-8777
Website:  www.hcr-manorcare.com

After knee replacement, Astym therapy improved my movement and decreased the scar tissue

I had both knees totally replaced. The right in Feb 2016. It went so well and I recovered so quickly that I was able to go back to work in 2 months. I didn’t have much pain or swelling. The physical therapy went well also. I had the left knee done in Oct 2016 and thought it would go the same, but it didn’t. The left knee developed some scar tissue that made it difficult to get the degree of bending that I got with the right one. The physical therapy was tougher and more painful. My Therapist (Ella Bule) was great. She started doing astym therapy to help the scar tissue to loosen so I could get that better range of motion. After the 1st session I was in a lot of pain, but it was a good pain. I could feel it working the next day. I had 6 treatments and I was able to be released from physical therapy because the astym treatments helped me reach my degree goal.

Caroline OBrien
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab, 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: 704-865-0077
Website:  www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Astym Therapy For A Year Resulted in Whole Body Rejuvenation

By:  Mary Rachford, PT

After reading that title, someone that is familiar with this amazing regenerative treatment may think that the person undergoing this therapy may have had a severe injury or lives with chronic pain.  Surprisingly, neither is the case.  The fortunate individual to receive once a week sessions of Astym (A-Stim) therapy for an entire year is my massage therapist, Fran.

Fran did originally have a mild shoulder injury that was addressed with a few sessions of physical therapy, including Astym treatment and exercises.  While receiving one of her last treatments, Fran inquired if the treatment could be performed on the entire body at one time.  I responded that indeed it could, it would just take close to an hour and probably would not be that enjoyable.  Fran said that she would be very interested in having it done as a maintenance therapy, as well as, possibly preventing future injuries from surfacing.  Her twenty years in the massage industry was taking its toll and she was very proactive versus reactive in the care of her health.  I was excited to get started as the researcher in me was very curious to see how someone would feel after have this treatment done for preventive measures after a prolonged period.

So, what is Astym therapy you ask?  It is a treatment that regenerates soft tissue, like muscles and tendons.  It removes unwanted scar tissue or unhealthy restricted tissue that may be causing pain and lead to more serious conditions down the road.  I have been successfully using Astym therapy for over 15 years and have seen it work on the most severe cases even after other therapies have failed.  One patient that I treated several years ago had a failed total knee replacement which led her to use a walker for five years.  After receiving Astym therapy, she shocked her doctor when she switched to a cane after 2 months of treatments and her pain was significantly reduced.  Another recent success story was from a woman who had been to 4 PT’s and spent 6 months receiving massages twice a week, only to have her symptoms spread to both of her legs.  Finally, after only 12 Astym treatments her symptoms were 85% resolved and she can now sit for the first time in years without pain.

We have countless patients that have responded favorably to  Astym therapy for many different conditions.  Here are just a few of conditions that respond well to Astym thearpy:

*Plantar fasciitis
*Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
*Post operative scar tissue
*Achilles tendinitis
*Frozen shoulder
*Rotator Cuff tendinitis
*Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
*Sprains and strains countless

“Astym therapy’s ability to resolve soft tissue problems is remarkable, and it routinely works even when other interventions fail.  We often hear about patients suffering for years and trying multiple treatments without success, and then finally finding relief with Astym therapy.”  said Thomas Sevier, MD, the Medical Director for Astym therapy. 

One of the reasons Astym therapy  is so successful even where other treatments fail, is that it was scientifically designed to address the underlying cause of the soft tissue problem rather than trying to just take away the pain.    The body’s soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues and disease.   Once degeneration occurs, those tissues are then weak and prone to injury.  Most chronic tendinopathies are primarily degenerative in nature.  The good news is that Astym therapy works both to regenerate soft tissues and eliminate or reduce internal scar tissue.  By eliminating the cause of the problems, the symptoms resolve. (www.astym.com)

I asked Fran how Astym therapy compared to the weekly massages she receives, and she said that the Astym therapy definitely goes deeper, is more therapeutic and feels like a medical intervention versus a relaxing massage.  She would not want to give up either one, as they both have benefits.  She feels more of a tingling sensation after the Astym process, and she thinks it has prevented some minor tissue issues from becoming major problems, such as a pain in her arch was addressed the same week it started, as was an Achilles tendon issue, an unhealthy biceps tendon and most recently a tendon in her thumb began acting up due to the numerous clients she works on.  For Fran, the sessions are usually first thing Monday morning which gears her up for the week.  I now could see how this would be extremely beneficial for the many people that sit all day at computers, or have jobs that require constant repetitive motions or even athletes looking to get the competitive edge or stay in the game longer.   After seeing the benefits that this has had on Fran, I am now interested in experiencing the fantastic benefits of this cutting edge regenerative technique.  If only, I could do it on myself!

Mary Rachford, PT
FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers
1240 Iroquois Avenue
Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-369-1015
Fax: 630-369-5015
http://www.fyzical.com/naperville

ACL recovery – Astym therapy made a huge difference

I injured my acl in March 2016 and had to do physical therapy before having surgery and my therapist tried astym treatment after a few weeks and it made such a huge difference because I was able to walk much better after each time. After my surgery we waited a few weeks and my knee was very tight and once my dr cleared it then we were able to start astym treatment again and have done it a few times now and it has helped my pain and ability to bend my leg more.

Cassandra torres
Treating Clinic:  St Margaret’s
Center for Physical Rehabilitation
1400 Midtown Road
Peru, IL 61354
Phone: 815-223-8600
Website: http://www.aboutsmh.org/