Recently, we interviewed Suzie Freeman, one of the leading clinicians who keep tennis players in top shape, and got some really useful advice Continue reading Top Tips on How to Play Your Best Tennis Game
When I first started doing physical therapy I had trouble lifting grocery bags, reaching behind me, lifting various objects and sleeping without pain. Since coming to physical therapy and doing Astym therapy my symptoms have improved so much. My lifting is much, much better and I’m sleeping through the night without pain. Thank you Amy and Andrea.
Diamond Physical Therapy,
Algonquin, IL, 60102
By: Lisa Chase, PT, OMPT
Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff tendinopathy are common injuries that can plague a tennis player. The last thing an athlete wants to hear is, “You must rest and stop playing tennis.” Soft tissue injuries can be painful, limiting conditions that are slow to heal, which is particularly challenging to a tennis player who wants to get back in the game.
Many athletes seek advice from primary care and sports medicine physicians when they have tendon pain and then are often offered anti-inflammatories, injections, and told to rest. Typically, this common regimen only offers temporary relief and may not be the best method to heal a tendinopathy. Continue reading Treating Tennis Injuries and Tendinopathy: Advice From an Expert
My pain began about 3 months prior to receiving the Astym treatment. I had limited mobility in my right elbow and sharp pains as well. After a few months I sought treatment from a chiropractor. Unfortunately this did not relieve my pain. My chiropractor referred me to an orthopedic surgeon, and this is where I was diagnosed with tennis elbow. I received a cortisone shot and began occupational therapy. During therapy I was given the Astym therapy. It was painful at times but my mobility began to increase, and I was able to use my right arm again. I am grateful for this typ of therapy because I am right handed and use my arms so much throughout the day when I teach, do household chores and many other activities. With this therapy I was able to go back to my normal life. Thank you so much!!!
Treating Clinic: Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center
800 West 9th Street, Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812-996-0682 Website: www.mhhcc.org
About 12 years ago I damaged my right elbow. Three surgeries later I still cannot fully straighten or extend my right arm. I have learned to live with this (as well as my arthritis) but this means there is a great deal of stress placed on my right wrist, elbow and shoulder to compensate. Periodically I get flare-ups of tennis elbow and elbow joint pain. I had been having a particularly bad one for a couple of weeks and decided that I needed physical therapy. Ginger Haley at ATI in Kirkland recommended I try Astym therapy because she said she’d had good results with it. I saw improvement from the first session! My pain was eased almost immediately and the flexibility and strength training Ginger also added to the Astym treatment over the next few sessions have made my arm feel better than it has in years. The change has been remarkable, I have had to deal with this issue for a long time, so I know what a normal cycle of flare-up and calming down is. This accelerated the healing process phenomenally even though I was having one of my worst flare-ups in years – I am doing things now with no pain that I know would have triggered a flare-up in the past. I can’t say enough about this treatment, how well Ginger applied it, and how well it worked!
Treating Clinic: ATI Physical Therapy-Kirkland
11821 NE 128th Street Suite C
Kirkland, Washington 98034
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: https://peerj.com/articles/967.pdf
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.
After two months of trying to heal my extremely painful elbows on my own, i was diagnosised by my physician with tendonosis. I had stopped working out with a personal trainer. I also stopped my yoga practice that my husband and I had been doing regularly for many months. The doctor said it was a very lengthy healing process, because tendons have little blood flow, which is what is needed to heal. I tried several different things to heal my degenerating elbows including self physical therapy excerises, taping, bracing, acupunture and injections. None of those gave me the results i received with Astym therapy. I am still healing, but I am anxiously excited with my results. My left elbow is mostly healed and my right is getting there. I truly apprecitate Heidi, my therapist. She encourages continuing the treatment and it is working. Thank you.
Treating Clinic: Heidi Carstensen, DPT, SERC of Liberty
1512 NE 96th Street, Suite A
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816-792-0775 Website: www.serctherapy.com
After 12 years in the military my left elbow had enough, The pain was so bad i couldnt even pick up a coffee mug. I was extremely skeptical Astym treatment would be effective but gave it a try. Here i am 3 weeks into treatment and its amazing how much better i feel.
Treating Clinic: SERC of Warrensburg
540 East Young Suite E
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-262-4795 Website www.serctherapy.com
I had been suffering from tennis elbow for about 8 months. I tried using the the tennis elbow band you put around your arm which usually works for me but it wouldn’t even touch it. I am a firefighter and work construction part time so everything I did was killing me. My grip strength was half of what it usually was and I had constant sharp pains radiating from my elbow. It got so bad at night I could hardly sleep. I had no time to give my elbow rest so I was taking Aleve to dull the pain. I started astym therapy and it stayed the same and then got even worse which is normal from what I was told. Then it just started getting better very quickly. My therapy has been finished for two weeks now and I feel just a slight bit of pain. My strength is at 95%. I continue to do the exercises I was given and hope to be pain free. Astym therapy can be painful but well worth it. I truly believe astym therapy works and have already recommended it to a friend of mine with the same problem.
Clinic: Via Christi Rehabilitation Services, Wichita, Kansas Website: www.viachristi.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