Astym and Soft Tissue Mobilization are Very Different

Soft tissue mobilization (STM) is a very broad term. It can include all types of manipulating or “mobilizing” soft tissue in an effort to decrease pain and improve movement. Recently, tools have been added to soft tissue mobilization which is called IASTM or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston, St3 Fuzion, etc. are brands of IASTM). The goal of instrumented STMs, or IASTM, is clear and simple: to mechanically break apart adhesions.

Rather than simply mobilizing tissue (STM), or mechanically breaking apart tissue (instrumented STM or IASTM), Astym treatment activates an underlying physiological response leading to the regeneration of soft tissues.

                                                KEY DIFFERENCES

Astym Treatment

STM and Instrumented STM or IASTM

 

Regenerates soft tissues

 

 

“Releases” or breaks apart tissue

 

Neural changes: immediate improvement in strength and function that speeds recovery

 

 

No neural changes have been noted

 

Due to the regenerative capabilities of Astym, it has many applications, including

degenerative tendinopathies, dysfunctional scar tissue, degenerated plantar fascia or other soft tissues, pain or dysfunction after surgery or trauma, sprains and strains, and many other soft tissue injuries

 

 

Applications limited to cases where

mobilization, loosening or breaking of tissue will resolve the problem

 

Peer Reviewed Research

 

 

Little to no reliable research

 

Scientifically developed

 

 

Trial and error based

 

Underlying pathology is directly addressed; resolution of conditions is usually long term, with little recurrence

 

 

Underlying pathology is not addressed; symptoms sometimes resolve temporarily, but often return

 

Specific, defined protocols with reliable results

 

Variable applications with variable results

 

Astym treatment and its specific protocols have been developed from scientific and clinical research to activate an underlying physiological response leading to the regeneration of soft tissues. The Astym protocols deliver appropriate doses of shear forces and other proper stimulation to the involved tissues that induce physiological changes on a cellular level. It took years of scientific and clinical research to develop and refine these protocols to induce this beneficial physiological response. The regenerative response that Astym treatment induces does not occur with instrumented or manual soft tissue mobilization.   Although manual soft tissue mobilization and instrumented soft tissue mobilization can have some real benefits, they do not have the dramatic, regenerative benefits that occur from Astym treatment.

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