Astym Therapy For A Year Resulted in Whole Body Rejuvenation

By:  Mary Rachford, PT

After reading that title, someone that is familiar with this amazing regenerative treatment may think that the person undergoing this therapy may have had a severe injury or lives with chronic pain.  Surprisingly, neither is the case.  The fortunate individual to receive once a week sessions of Astym (A-Stim) therapy for an entire year is my massage therapist, Fran.

Fran did originally have a mild shoulder injury that was addressed with a few sessions of physical therapy, including Astym treatment and exercises.  While receiving one of her last treatments, Fran inquired if the treatment could be performed on the entire body at one time.  I responded that indeed it could, it would just take close to an hour and probably would not be that enjoyable.  Fran said that she would be very interested in having it done as a maintenance therapy, as well as, possibly preventing future injuries from surfacing.  Her twenty years in the massage industry was taking its toll and she was very proactive versus reactive in the care of her health.  I was excited to get started as the researcher in me was very curious to see how someone would feel after have this treatment done for preventive measures after a prolonged period.

So, what is Astym therapy you ask?  It is a treatment that regenerates soft tissue, like muscles and tendons.  It removes unwanted scar tissue or unhealthy restricted tissue that may be causing pain and lead to more serious conditions down the road.  I have been successfully using Astym therapy for over 15 years and have seen it work on the most severe cases even after other therapies have failed.  One patient that I treated several years ago had a failed total knee replacement which led her to use a walker for five years.  After receiving Astym therapy, she shocked her doctor when she switched to a cane after 2 months of treatments and her pain was significantly reduced.  Another recent success story was from a woman who had been to 4 PT’s and spent 6 months receiving massages twice a week, only to have her symptoms spread to both of her legs.  Finally, after only 12 Astym treatments her symptoms were 85% resolved and she can now sit for the first time in years without pain.

We have countless patients that have responded favorably to  Astym therapy for many different conditions.  Here are just a few of conditions that respond well to Astym thearpy:

*Plantar fasciitis
*Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
*Post operative scar tissue
*Achilles tendinitis
*Frozen shoulder
*Rotator Cuff tendinitis
*Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
*Sprains and strains countless

“Astym therapy’s ability to resolve soft tissue problems is remarkable, and it routinely works even when other interventions fail.  We often hear about patients suffering for years and trying multiple treatments without success, and then finally finding relief with Astym therapy.”  said Thomas Sevier, MD, the Medical Director for Astym therapy. 

One of the reasons Astym therapy  is so successful even where other treatments fail, is that it was scientifically designed to address the underlying cause of the soft tissue problem rather than trying to just take away the pain.    The body’s soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues and disease.   Once degeneration occurs, those tissues are then weak and prone to injury.  Most chronic tendinopathies are primarily degenerative in nature.  The good news is that Astym therapy works both to regenerate soft tissues and eliminate or reduce internal scar tissue.  By eliminating the cause of the problems, the symptoms resolve. (www.astym.com)

I asked Fran how Astym therapy compared to the weekly massages she receives, and she said that the Astym therapy definitely goes deeper, is more therapeutic and feels like a medical intervention versus a relaxing massage.  She would not want to give up either one, as they both have benefits.  She feels more of a tingling sensation after the Astym process, and she thinks it has prevented some minor tissue issues from becoming major problems, such as a pain in her arch was addressed the same week it started, as was an Achilles tendon issue, an unhealthy biceps tendon and most recently a tendon in her thumb began acting up due to the numerous clients she works on.  For Fran, the sessions are usually first thing Monday morning which gears her up for the week.  I now could see how this would be extremely beneficial for the many people that sit all day at computers, or have jobs that require constant repetitive motions or even athletes looking to get the competitive edge or stay in the game longer.   After seeing the benefits that this has had on Fran, I am now interested in experiencing the fantastic benefits of this cutting edge regenerative technique.  If only, I could do it on myself!

Mary Rachford, PT
FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers
1240 Iroquois Avenue
Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-369-1015
Fax: 630-369-5015
http://www.fyzical.com/naperville

My Astym Story: Astym therapy helped my shoulder pain when nothing else would work

I hurt my shoulder 2 1/2 years ago. I have gone to chiropractors, massage therapists, my regular Dr., & several sessions of regular physical therapists and nothing has seemed to work. I was referred to try Astym therapy from my regular therapist and I figured it wasn’t going to hurt to try it. After about 2 months of twice a week my shoulder is feeling much better.

SHARON HIGDEM
Treating Clinic: Altru Rehabilitation Center
1300 South Columbia Road Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-780-2315 Website: www.altru.org

Astym therapy relieved my plantar fasciitis, and now I am “moving and a grooving”

The problem I had was planter fasciitis. It sure made it hard to get up in the mornings and just walking in general. I wasn’t able to do my walk runs without any pain. For about a year. I kept thinking it would get better or that it was my shoes. I did try inserts in my shoes and changing my shoes after activities. I think it was about the third treatment and by doing all the exercises my PT doctor had me do it was really awesome to walk and not feel pain. Plus I didn’t look like I was a hundred years old walking around. I can go back now to my normal routine. I can go hiking again with no pain. Whoo Hoo! I would recommend this treatment to everyone that is suffering from this problem. The tools the doctor uses look a little weird but when he explains them to you then you understand why and how they are used. I also would recommend my PT doctor to anyone. The clinic I go to is called Progress In Motion in a White House Tennessee. This treatment really works and I am truly thankful I received it.

Suzzette Boggs

Treating Clinic:  Progress in Motion                                                                   149 Raymond Hirsch Parkway,  Suite 1
White House, TN 37188
Phone: 615-672-2977  Website: www.pimphysicaltherapy.com

Chronic Plantar Fasciitis – nothing would work until I found Astym therapy

 I suffered with plantar fasciitis pain daily for 11 1/2 years.  At times it was extremely painful.  In the beginning, I had a baby learning to crawl, and I was crawling right along with her.  I bought a chair to sit on in the shower.  Over the years, I purchased dozens of orthotics (some custom), night boots, received physical therapy, ultrasound, e-stim, and other various treatments and medications.  I found some orthotics that helped but I still had pain every day.  Until my podiatrist referred me to the PT who used Astym therapy.  I have been nearly pain-free for over a year!  I sincerely never thought I would never be rid of plantar fasciitis.  I can’t tell you how grateful I am.

Lori Kell, Bellevue, Washington

Treating Clinic:  Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy                                      14100 SE 36th Street Suite 210 Bellevue, WA 98006
Phone: 425-941-7100 Website:  www.peaksportsandspinept.com   Treating Clinician:  Josh Field, DPT

 

Astym therapy made my arm 100% better – couldn’t believe the difference

From the very first time Astym therapy was done on my arm I felt 100% better!! I had more range of motion and better movement. This therapy should be used sooner. What a difference in my recovery!!

Carlette Bynum
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic Physical Therapy & Rehab
2345 Court Drive Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: 704-865-0077  Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com 

Achilles Tendonitis: painful but Astym therapy worked

I had Astym therapy done on both legs for Achilles tendonitis. I can deal with a lot of pain but enduring this treatment was a struggle for me. I had to grit my teeth to keep from crying out. I’m glad I didn’t stop the therapist. By the next day, I noticed a major improvement! That really amazed me! I had minimal bruising.

Kathie Eichelberger
Treating Clinic: Athletico Physical Therapy
1704 Eastland Drive Unit 15
Bloomington, IL 61704 Phone: 309-664-7766
Website: www.athletico.com

Ankle Injury Recovery with Astym therapy

Before going to Apex, I had struggled with chronic pain in my ankle for over 4 years.  Simple things such as walking on uneven surfaces, jumping, and running caused sharp pain.  By going to physical therapy at Apex, I have been able to strengthen the tendons in my ankle, along with increase the range of motion. I am now able to do all three of the things listed above completely pain-free.  A huge thank you to Apex Physical Therapy Concepts and Rehab for helping me get back on my feet.

Emily Mosley
Treating Clinic: Apex Physical Therapy Concepts and Rehab
15751 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 4
Fort Myers, FL 33908 Phone: 239-337-2739
Website: www.apexptflorida.com

I tried everything, and finally found Astym therapy to help my heel pain

I had tried supplements, reflexology, inserts in shoes just to name a few. I had gotten somewhat better with the combination of these things but my heel still hurt. I was referred by a friend who had done astym therapy with good results.

I had 8 treatments, I felt with each one my pain level was down and I could be on my feet longer during the day without thinking about my heel. I still feel some discomfort but if I do my stretches I am better.

I would recommend this treatment.

debbie richardson
Treating Clinic:  Progress In Motion 149 Raymond Hirsch Parkway
Suite 1, White House, TN 37188
Phone: 615-672-2977  Website: www.pimphysicaltherapy.com

Astym therapy finally helped my back pain when nothing else would work!

I have had back pain for several years, ever since I was a teenager. A year ago, the pain became unbearable and limited my day to day activities severely. I could barely stand or sit and couldn’t sleep at night. I sought help and was quickly diagnosed with sacroiliitis. I went through several treatments including steroid packs, corticosteroid injections, prolotherapy, braces, and physical therapy, but nothing was working. My doctor then suggested I go through a second round of physical therapy with a different therapist. In my initial examination, further ailments were discovered: IT band inflammation, hip flexor inflammation and fibrosis throughout my legs and back. Apex Physical Therapy nominated me as a candidate for Astym therapy, which I graciously accepted. After 3 months of therapy, I am happy to say my pain is nearly gone and I am able to live life again. Previous ailments such as pelvic floor dysfunction have also disappeared. I feel so much stronger and happier. I am able to enjoy life again. Thank you Astym therapy!

Brittany Flanigan
Treating Clinic: Apex Physical Therapy & Rehab
15751 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 4
Fort Myers, FL 33908 Phone: 239-337-2739
Website: www.apexptflorida.com

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