Bye Bye Achillies Tendinitis..95% pain free after 3 weeks of Astym therapy

Achilles tendinitis – pain in the morning and pain in the evening… really cant remember a time over the past 2 years that I didn’t walk with pain. I’m a 42 year old male who started playing softball again at the ripe old age of 37. I developed Achilles tendinitis a couple of years ago and everything i tried did not work. There were days when i dreaded getting out of bed as i knew the pain was going to be bad. My wife is currently finishing up her PTA degree and her last clinical assignment is with an amazing PT named Kate Robbins. My wife was telling Kate my story and Kate thought this would be a good treatment for me. Fast forward to today… I’m 95% pain free after 3 weeks of Astym therapy and regular stretching and I’m so incredibly grateful!

Mike Bernaiche
Treating Clinic: Athletico Physical Therapy
1485 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 100
Howell, MI 48843 Phone: 517-545-5880
Website: www.athletico.com

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.

Astym therapy worked well for scar tissue treatment and helped me recover from surgery

My story begins with a bilateral mastectomy in April 2014. I elected to start my breast reconstruction the same day as my mastectomy and everything went well for about six weeks. I then developed an infection and had to have one of my expanders removed and replaced and then a week later both expanders had to be removed due to infection. I had another surgery in connection with reconstruction in January of this year. Needless to say following four surgeries, scar tissue was a problem. Before my January surgery my plastic surgeon sent to me to have Astym therapy to soften the scar tissue for that surgery. And it helped immensely. Since that time I have again been referred for Astym therapy to prepare for my next surgical step in my reconstructive journey. I have had approximately 10 treatments so far and it’s incredible what a difference in how soft and pliable the tissue has become. I am so pleased with my results so far and expect even more improvement.

Ann Stewart
Treating Clinic: Baptist Health Lexington
Outpatient Therapy Services
1740 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-260-6673 Website: www.bhsi.com 

Epic Fall: Astym therapy gives me a quick fix to torn ligament in ankle

For the past 3 years now, I have been participating in swimming. I wake up every morning and I am in the pool by 6 a.m. I attend dryland, which is an on land training program, every Tuesday and Thursday. One day, while practicing, we were doing stair laps. While running down the stairs, my ankle gave out and I rolled it. The next day, I went to the doctor to find out I partially tore a ligament in my ankle and I would need physical therapy. About 3 weeks into physical therapy, my therapist started using Astym therapy on me. Astym therapy has helped my ankle heal very quickly. It has reduced my pain, and it has reduced the scar tissue and helped the healing process. Because of Astym therapy, I can now go to swim practice with little to no pain. I can go to work as a lifeguard and walk around the pool deck bare footed with no pain. Thanks to Astym therapy my healing process has gone much quicker than expected, and my ankle is stronger than ever before.

Hannah Walden
Treating Clinic: Athletico Physical Therapy  1563 N. State Street
Greenfield, IN 46140 Phone: 317-467-5700 Website: www.athletico.com

Astym therapy decreased foot pain and improved flexibility

I have been very inflexible ever since I hit a large growth spurt. I wasn’t able to come close to touching my toes without severely bending my knees. After 4-5 Astym sessions along with regular stretching I have much improved flexibility, a decrease in pain in my feet, and overall feel much better.

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

Knee Replacement Gone Wrong: Astym therapy after surgery got me back into life

Due to a misaligned knee replacement, I lacked 28 degrees of extension in my knee. I could walk, but it was painful, and any time I tried to extend my knee as far as it would go, I had terrible pain, so the extension deficit was getting worse and worse. I saw several orthopedic surgeons who specialized in revisions, and they all said it was too soon for that. I’d had regular PT and it didn’t help. At 51 years old, I thought I was doomed to limited activity, pain, and a significant limp for the long haul.
Since the surgery, I had been keeping up with a knee replacement message board. There were many people in that community whose knee replacements had not gone well and Astym therapy was one of the treatments that had been successful. When I looked online for where I could find a practitioner in my area, I found Jennifer at SERC. I was skeptical, and she didn’t make any promises, but we agreed to try it for awhile and see if it could help.
I felt better after just a couple of treatments, and as we continued, I began to gain extension in my knee. The change was gradual but significant. By the end of our treatment, I had gained 17 degrees of extension, had almost no pain with walking, and significantly increased the strength in that leg.
I am a homemaker, and before Astym therapy I had to have someone else clean my house, and most of the time I had to ride the mororized cart at the grocery store. If I tried to shop on my feet, I would come home and spend the rest of the day icing my knee, hip, and ankle. Now, I can do all of the things I need to do, and usually there is little pain involved. My knee is still misalligned, and I still can’t take long walks or shop all day. But I am thankful that I can now do everything I NEED to do, and it doesn’t take me days to recover! I’m back to getting great exercise in the pool, and I no longer have to miss out on thrift shopping with friends. Thank you, Astym, for proving those surgeons wrong!

Suzanne Holland
Treating clinic:  SERC Metro North clinic, 7932 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 212, Kansas City, MO 64118.   Phone: 816-420-8251                       Website:  www.serctherapy.com

Look Before You Leap – I shattered my heel but Astym therapy is giving me a fast recovery

It all began when I decided to take a short-cut to soccer practice and ended when I shattered my heel. Wearing soccer cleats with very little padding, I hopped a fence but didn’t notice it was on a retaining wall. I dropped 9 feet onto pavement, stuck the landing, and immediately knew that something was wrong. It turns out I had shattered my right heel into 200+ pieces. That saying “look before you leap” actually makes sense now.

The surgery put me back together using a plate secured to my heel with 8 pins. After the surgery, the doctor recalled “it was like someone had dropped an egg and I had to put it back together.” At this point, he informed me that my surgery was a success but my journey to recovery had just begun. Now the hard part…physical therapy.

It started with an evaluation and a determination that 14 weeks of inactivity had resulted in an extremely limited range of motion and a large amount of atrophy. I progressed well under the guidance of Audra Jahn at CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center in Encinitas, CA. With traditional therapy I was learning to walk again and began to regain strength in my arch, ankle, calf, and hip. However, after 36 sessions (2 per week) my progress had plateaued.

Still in considerable pain, this pain was limiting my movement and more importantly slowing my recovery. After consulting with my surgeon, he determined that scar tissue was causing a majority of the pain. The staff at CORE then suggested astym therapy as a solution to my problem. Having never heard of astym I was naturally a skeptic but that all changed the moment therapy began.

After the very first session with Pam Cloud I noticed an immediate improvement in my range of motion and experienced a little less pain. By the end of my third session, areas of my foot and ankle were no longer experiencing any pain whatsoever. Other areas had the pain reduced by 50%. I was surprised at how quickly I was seeing the positive results.

I’m currently continuing astym therapy in order to achieve a full recovery. While the treatments were initially bothersome, I have experienced less discomfort over time with each session. Exercising has become considerably easier and my limp had started to disappear as I retrain myself to now walk without pain.

I can’t recommend this therapy enough to people and wish I had only begun it sooner. My progress to full recovery is now on the fast track thanks to astym, Pam’s knowledgeable guidance, and her expert treatment.

John Rich
CORE Orthopaedic
Encinitas, California

Getting Old? Astym therapy really worked on my Achilles tendonitis

As an active 47 year old, I was upset about a year ago when my ankles and Achilles tendons began to bother me. It got to the point that there were days I could barely walk. My softball and volleyball league participation was out of the question. I was even having trouble doing everyday farm work. After consulting with a podiatrist, finding out I had “deformed” heel bones, bone spurs, and severe Achilles tendonitis, he started me on physical therapy to try to avoid surgery. Astym therapy was started immediately. Though I have a few weeks left of treatment, I have gotten to the point where I only have slight pain in one heel. It’s getting better daily! The results have been amazing! I truly think this treatment will help me avoid surgery.

Michele Orme
Treating Clinic: Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers-Greenfield
1563 N. State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317-467-5700 Website: www.acceleratedrehab.com 

Tickle Torture: I laughed through Astym therapy and it cured my limp

I have ankle issues, so I was sent to PT by my doctor. I was told I was to get Astym therapy. On my first treatment, Andrea explained what she was going to do. Little did we know the tears she would make me shed twice a week. She started on my calf and worked her way down to my ankle, around my ankle, to the bottom of my foot, and then it happened…as she was working the muscles in my foot I had to laugh, and laugh so hard I was crying. She also had to laugh and so did everyone getting treatment at the same time. Funny but not funny. Needless to say, her torture helped me A LOT! When we think back on it all I can do is…LAUGH! I went from walking with a limp, to no limp at all! I also am for the most part, pain free.

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

Astym Therapy: Awesome Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

I did not know about Astym treatment before we started, but I noticed such a difference in the scar tissue at each session. I would highly recommend it and am going to try it on my plantar fasciitis now.

Patty Ruhland
Treating clinic: Kinesis Physical Therapy
1521 Northway Drive Suite 116
Saint Cloud, MN 56303 Phone: 320-654-9838
Website: kinesisphysicaltherapy.com

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