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
My name is Emma de Groot, and I am a professional golfer on the LPGA and LPGA Symetra Tour. I have suffered from chronic back pain since an almost career ending car accident in 2011. Since I began working with Back2Normal, my function and movement has continually improved, however there has always been some restriction in my rotation. After three months playing non stop golf, and countless travel hours in Australia at the beginning of the year, I came back to Florida with extreme restriction in movement. Since being away, Lisa had become certified in the Astym method and got to work on me straight away. Within two treatments, I had my full range of motion back in my thoracic spine, as well as my hips and ankles, no pain whatsoever, and a far improved golf swing.
Emma de Groot
Treating Clinician: Lisa Chase
Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy
Wellness & Rehabilitation 465 2nd Avenue North Suite A
St Petersburg, FL 33701 Phone: 727-362-6866 Website: www.back2normalpt.com
The recent peer-reviewed research on Astym therapy improving function and range of motion in breast cancer survivors is getting a lot of attention. Claire Davies, PT, PhD CLT-LANA, the lead researcher and main author, has been invited to present at Annual World Cancer Congress taking place next month. This research demonstrates the impressive effectiveness of Astym therapy methods and protocols in breast cancer survivors.
The Astym therapy methods and protocols are evidence based and scientifically developed. Medical research consistently demonstrates the safety and effectiveness of Astym therapy methods, and also shows how Astym therapy is key in successful treatment following breast cancer treatment.
Only Astym-certified clinicians offer this therapy, and they are all listed in the Find A Provider directory the astym website. In order to become certified in Astym therapy, clinicians undergo intensive training and testing.
I was training for my 2nd full marathon and doing quite well. So well that if I was able to finish at my goal and paces that I’d been training at, I would qualify for Boston. One week before the race, I started it have pretty severe pain in my lower left leg. Was it shin splints? Knots in my calves? I tried to continue to run on it but to no avail. It was diagnosed as a stress fracture and I was unable to run the race. In fact, I was on crutches for 6 weeks.
The recovery was very slow. My doctor recommended Astym therapy. I had never heard of it and wondered if it was some kind of hocky treatment. I did some reading and decided it might actually be legit so I made an appointment with my PT to try it.
Amazing results!!! Via about 8 Astym treatments, she was able to work out the knots in my calf muscles. We made some gait and shoe changes and slowly I was able to begin running again!
I didn’t realize how much I had missed running until I was able to get back out there. I was alive again!
I’m now training for a half marathon and I feel GREAT! I literally tell all my running friends about Astym therapy when ever they are experiencing muscle issues as I truly believe it will benefit them!
Treating Clinic: Altru Rehabilitation Center
1300 South Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-780-2315 Website: www.altru.org
I had a bunionectomy in September of 2015. I went through 2 months of traditional physical therapy and was still in quite a bit of pain, but felt the therapy was no longer helping and thought that was just the healing process and it needed more time. Three months later my foot still hurt every time it hit the ground, I had a lot of swelling and stiffness and when I noticed I’d lost over half my range of motion in my big toe, I called my podiatrist. She wrote it off to “osteoarthritis”. I felt I didn’t want to live my life with the condition my foot was in and believed it could improve. I chose a different therapy place this time and went to Team Rehabilitation. I didn’t realize how lucky I got, they were one of the few places in the area that practices Astym therapy. Within about two weeks, I noticed a huge improvement in my foot and toe, my pain level went from a 7 to a 3. I’m continuing therapy, I still have slight swelling and stiffness, but am so glad I asked my podiatrist for a second referral to physical therapy and chose Team Rehabilitation. Without Astym therapy, I’m sure I would have spent the rest of my life in unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Treating Clinic: Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy-Southfield
27652 Franklin Road Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: 248-359-8700 Website: www.team-rehab.com
I had surgery on my left knee in October 2015. I had to have physical therapy and then I was introduced to Astym therapy. The first time it helped with the swelling but it was painful. After a few days it did feel better.
During physical therapy my progress with my mobility was developing slowly. I believe having Astym treatment helped my swelling go down, which improved my mobility.
Astym treatment helped my progress during my physical therapy treatments and I would recommend it to future patients.
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy
1140 East Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-0196 Website: www.dptrehab.com
A note from the Astym program: Clinical study has shown Astym therapy to be very helpful when used post-surgically. A large study was just published in the Journal of Knee Surgery, and it showed that patients suffering from persistent knee stiffness following surgery had significant improvement from Astym therapy.
Astym therapy resulted from a groundbreaking research endeavor undertaken by a multidisciplinary research team including well-known scientists, therapists, and physicians, with support from major universities and hospitals. In this Astym Research Project, the team had the unique advantage of being able to combine knowledge of physiology, cellular biology, and emerging scientific discoveries into the development of a whole new approach in the treatment of soft tissue dysfunction. Astym therapy continues to forge new ground in the treatment of injuries and also expand the boundaries of physical therapy into new patient populations. The Astym Research Project developed entirely unique new theories on how to engage soft tissue healing, and changed the actual paradigm on how to treat soft tissue dysfunction.
Astym therapy, evidenced to engage the regenerative mechanisms of the body and promote the healing of soft tissues, has repeatedly been shown safe and effective in controlled clinical trials, clinical study, and large population outcomes studies.
Astym treatment is different in goals and application from the Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques. IASTM uses tooled friction massage to mechanically break apart tissue, whereas Astym therapy’s aim is to engage the regenerative mechanisms of the body to repair damaged tissue and resorb scar tissue. IASTM’s role in the treatment of soft tissue dysfunction is unclear, as IASTM has been shown to (a) not improve treatment results for ankle injury, (b) be comparable to no treatment being provided in elbow tendinopathy, and (c) result in a significant increase in pain and a significant decrease in the perception of function, where the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) decreased following IASTM. There have been case studies suggesting IASTM may have a role in treatment, however, those studies have largely been multimodal, so conclusions from those are difficult or impossible to draw. The research that has isolated IASTM for study suggests that clinical use may not be beneficial.
For a fully referenced summary of research on Astym therapy and IASTM, please read this Research Overview.
I was experiencing some knee pain while I was training for a marathon this past fall. I went in to see the physical therapist who is Astym-certified. We talked about the benefits of the soft tissue reallignment and how it might benefit me being a distance runner. While Astym therapy was not the most pleasant experience during treatment, it cured my knee pain and got me back on the road to recovery…pun intended! Now I am training for a marathon in the spring but being much more cautious and listening to my body. I have not had any knee issues since being discharged from physical therapy, and hope to stay that way for a long time.
Treating Clinic: SERC of Liberty
9760 North Ash Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64157
Phone: 816-792-0803 Website: www.serctherapy.com
I was in a high speed, head on collision. I got lucky and only suffered from a shattered heel bone and a few superficial back fractures. When it came time for me to be 75% weight bearing, i was unable to put hardly any weight on my leg and was in a lot of pain. My PT used astym therapy and by the end of the day I was able to put weight on the leg and my pain had dropped dramatically. By the next day my leg felt so good, I felt as if I could walk without my crutches. Every time my injury has taken a turn for the worse, she has used astym therapy and I am 100% better by the next day. The process itself is painful but it has been a miracle worker for my injuries and my ability to be back at work! Ginger was a life saver!
Treating Clinic: ATI Physical Therapy-Kirkland
11821 NE 128th Street Suite C
Kirkland, WA 98034
I am on my second round of Astym therapy. Back in July 2015 I had my first round. I had a bad Achilles tendon. My calf and foot were very tight and painful. I was unable to walk without limping. Trying to avoid surgery we did Astym therapy. It made my pain tolerable so I could continue working until November.
It is now January and I am on my second session of Astym therapy. My recovery has been wonderful thanks to Andrea and Astym therapy. A few more weeks and back to work.
I would recommend Astym therapy to anyone. What do you have to loose? PAIN
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Inc.
1140 East Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102