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

What is Astym treatment?: Astym Definition, Part I

Astym treatment is a regenerative therapy provided by specially trained (and certified) physical and occupational therapists.  Instruments are applied topically (on top of the skin) to locate dysfunctional (unhealthy) soft tissue, and to transfer pressure and shear forces to the underlying soft tissue structures.  The protocols, the force, and direction of the treatment induce a healing/regenerative response in tendons, muscles, and other soft tissue structures.  Astym treatment stimulates tissue turnover, scar tissue resorption, and the regeneration of tendons, muscles and other soft tissue structures. Therapy is typically provided twice weekly for three to four weeks and is done in conjunction with eccentric loading, stretching, and functional exercises. Continue reading What is Astym treatment?: Astym Definition, Part I

Heel Pain: Most Common Cause is Plantar Fasciitis

The tough band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes is called the plantar fascia.  It supports the arch of your foot, and when it becomes irritated or degenerated, then you have what is called plantar fasciitis (other names include: plantar fasciosis, which indicates degeneration, and plantar fasciopathy, which includes both degeneration and the inflammation indicated by plantar fasciitis).  This condition affects up to 2 million Americans each year. Continue reading Heel Pain: Most Common Cause is Plantar Fasciitis

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 Continue reading Internal Scar Tissue/Adhesions Limit Movement and Cause Pain

About Thomas L. Sevier of Astym

Thomas L. Sevier, MD, FACSM is a double board certified physician, consultant, author and medical researcher. As a team physician and event physician, he has provided medical coverage for many high-profile sporting events. Dr. Sevier established the first ACGME accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship in the United States, and has served as a faculty member at two universities. He has helped pioneer important advances in rehab and sports medicine, and writes extensively for peer-reviewed journals, scientific publications and books. Dr. Sevier regularly speaks on medical and rehabilitation matters, and serves as an expert resource for medical and popular media outlets. Dr. Sevier is one of the few physicians who has been granted fellowship status in both the American College of Sports Medicine and in the American College of Physicians. 

Tendonitis vs. Tendinosis: Know what you have and how to treat it.

Tendons are the tough tissue that connects your muscles to your bones.  Often, tendons become painful and limit movement.  For years, almost all conditions of painful tendons were referred to as tendonitis.  Tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) literally means that a tendon has inflammation, so doctors usually treated tendonitis by trying to reduce inflammation.  This kind of treatment had very little success.  Today, research has now shown us that chronic tendonitis only rarely has an element of inflammation.

Rather, the true problem is that the tendon has degenerated, and the condition should be more correctly called tendinosis (also spelled tendonosis).  To be effective, the treatment for tendinosis should center on regenerating the degenerated tissue, instead of trying to reduce inflammation which is not even present in most cases.

One of the best options for regenerating soft tissue is Astym treatment.  For years, the focus of its research and development has been on stimulating the regeneration of soft tissue.  You can find out more on this treatment at www.astym.com.

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