Following injury and surgery, my elbow pain finally gets relief from Astym therapy

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!

Marty Alekiss
Treating Clinic: ATI Physical Therapy-Kirkland
11821 NE 128th Street Suite C
Kirkland, Washington 98034
Phone: 708-227-1497

Plantar Fasciitis: after just 4 Astym treatments pain is 90% better and flexibility almost 100%

After suffering with localized pain and throbbing for over 3 months – I was finally able to get past the constant pain and night throbbing after just 4 Astym treatments to my heel/foot/ankle area. Prior to Astym therapy I tried gel pads and orthotic shoe inserts with no relief. As an active father – it was hard for me to limp along to my kids sports and activities. Now after 3 weeks and 4 Astym treatments – my pain is 90% better and my flexibility in my foot as returned near 100%. I am not ready to run a marathon quite yet – but with the new flexibility and pain relief I have gained so far – I can at least keep up with the kids!! I am confident that without the discovery of Astym treatments – I would have had to resort to a referral to a Podiatrist for more invasive options for pain relief as nothing I had tried was working.

Jack Rietschel
Treating Clinic: Med-Plus Physical Therapy
2921 South Frontage Road
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-233-8544


Astym® Therapy Shown Effective in the Treatment of Tennis Elbow – Again!

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.

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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.  


Tendonosis of the elbow: Astym therapy gave me results when nothing else would work!

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.

Machelle Timmermans
Treating Clinic: Heidi Carstensen, DPT, SERC of Liberty
1512 NE 96th Street, Suite A
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816-792-0775  Website:

Astym therapy helping numbness and pain in feet

For several years, I have suffered with numbness and pain in my feet. I tried cortisone shots, but there was no relief. I changed doctors,and the orthopedic specialist sent me to physical therapy at Serc in Liberty,Missouri. After a few weeks of Astym therapy, I have less numbness and pain in my feet. I’m still in therapy,so hopefully by the end of my treatment, the numbness and pain will be gone totally.

Kansas City, Missouri

Treating Clinic:  SERC of Liberty
1512 NE 96th Street,  Suite A
Liberty, MO 64068 Phone: 816-792-0775    Website:

Astym therapy after surgery improved movement, relieved pain

This is my second round of physical therapy for the surgery that was performed on my right big toe on December 26, 2014. The range of motion was very limited and painful in my normal stride. After consulting with a different podiatrist and my physical therapist, I agreed to 3 more months of physical therapy including Astym therapy. The Astym therapy that I received on my entire lower leg, ankle and foot improved my function, range and pain level 80%!! At first the treatment would last the rest of the day. As the therapist continued the time increased to two days and a whole weekend. It’s not 100% but my range has improved from 35 degrees extension to 47! I looked forward to the treatment because I knew it was making so much positive difference.

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

Sore heels: Astym therapy fixed me!

My story begins with both heels so sore I could barely walk. Work was almost impossible. I was referred to a podiatrist who diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis in both feet, but the right foot was worse so I was told to wear a brace at night..given stretches to do and wear orthotics in my shoes at all times. Well 3 weeks later nothing had changed so I went back to the doctor he decided to do cortisone shots in both feet. It worked for the left foot, but not the right so two weeks later I went now I am is so hard to hurts with each step, so I am almost pleading with my doctor. He thinks the next step is Plantar Fascia Release (surgery) on the right foot is the next 4 days later I have the surgery. It goes without any problems. I am set home to recover. 4 weeks later I have a check up and I am suppose to go back to work but I am still unable to walk still very sore. Doctor notices a large amount of scar tissue has built up..and the pain in my left foot is back so he thinks that Astym therapy would be beneficial. So I continue with Astym therapy for 8 weeks..twice a week..and wow is all I can say!…What a difference!..I can walk normal..the scar tissue is almost gone…and the pain in my left foot in gone! Thank you Astym therapy!

Tanya Anderson
Treating Clinic: Altru Rehabilitation Center
1300 South Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-780-2315 Website:

Tennis Elbow – amazing results from Astym therapy

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.

James Miller
Treating Clinic: SERC of Warrensburg
540 East Young Suite E
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-262-4795  Website

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

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.

Restore – Revitalize – Recover