Astym therapy key for marathon training

Astym therapy has been a key factor in my recovery for high volume marathon training. Each session seems to open up more levels of flexibility; and a quicker recharge between runs. Mona put so much of her own passion for therapy into each treatment- making each appointment something very special. What a relief!

David Martin, Streator, Illinois

Treating Clinic: OSF Center for Health-Streator, Mona Rabago     111 Spring St.  Streator, IL 61364 Phone: 815-673-4549       Website:   www.osfhealthcare.org

Astym Therapy Goes to Rio to Increase Athletic Performance

Elite Athletes will be relying on Astym therapy to help achieve their highest and best performance in Rio.   Certified Astym providers will be on hand supporting their athletes to increase athletic performance.

Astym therapy has been proven highly effective and safe in treating tendinopathies and other soft tissue dysfunction.  In addition, Astym therapy improves muscle performance, as shown in this  randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Athlete’s Performance/EXOS, the premier facility that trains and conditions elite and professional athletes, has Astym therapy as a core component of its training and conditioning program.  Brittani Cookinham, PT, DPT, ATC of EXOS is one of the Astym-certified clinicians that will be in Rio to support athletes, and she plans to rely heavily on Astym therapy to get her athletes in top condition. “Astym therapy is essential for athletes to perform at their highest level.”

Peer-reviewed research confirms that there is nothing like Astym® therapyHere are some important points contained in peer-reviewed publications:

  • The Astym approach is the only regenerative medicine treatment in therapy
  • Astym therapy is highly effective and safe, and has broad applications
  • Proven to be more effective than other available treatments, Astym therapy has also been shown to be safe and effective across large populations.
  • Astym therapy demonstrates impressive results, even where other treatments fail

For complete details, please see the Research Overview, which contains a summary of peer-reviewed, published research.

Astym Therapy Works for Me!

I have had 4 foot surgeries in the past 5 years. I had 2 Achilles tendon surgeries and 2 bunionectomies. I had never heard of Astym therapy until then. After the surgeries I couldn’t move my feet at all. I never thought I would be able to go up or downstairs again. I had regular physical therapy but it just wasn’t working so that’s when they decided to do Astym therapy. I couldn’t believe the difference it made and how fast it was. I didn’t understand why she had me put on shorts since it was my foot that was being treated. When she started running the instrument down my leg I could honestly hear the scar tissue breaking up. It was unbelievable!!! I didn’t realize that i could build up scar tissue all the way up my leg when it was my foot that had the actual scar. Anyway, after 4 To 6 weeks of Astym treatments I was walking and even going up and down stairs like I did before I had the surgery. The same thing went for my big toes after the bunionectomies. I couldn’t move my big toe at all. It wouldn’t bend up or down until I had the Astym treatments. Now, I have movement and you can’t even see the scar. I tell everyone that asks me about my surgeries that I wouldn’t be like I am now had it not been for the Astym treatments. My husband who doesn’t believe in physical threrapy is now a believer. He saw how bad my feet were after the surgeries and how they are now. I go to the gym and walk my neighborhood like I never had surgery at all. And, I owe it all to my surgeon, physical therapist and Astym!!! Thank you for giving me my life back.

Angela Tuttle
Treating Clinic:  Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab
2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054  Website: http://www.carolinaorthopaedic.com/

 

Astym therapy made my Achilles tendon stronger and better

I had pulled my tendon in my Achilles learning a try out dance at a dance convention. I went to an emergency room and got a boot, and then a week later I danced in a competition and made it worse. When I went back home I went to Carolina Orthopaedic. That’s when I got more X-rays and got physical therapy. I went from having a pulled tendon that hurt really bad to a ankle that feels way better and way stronger thanks to Astym treatment

Jayla Lowery
Treating clinic:  Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab
2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054  Website:http://www.carolinaorthopaedic.com/

ACL recovery – Astym therapy made a huge difference

I injured my acl in March 2016 and had to do physical therapy before having surgery and my therapist tried astym treatment after a few weeks and it made such a huge difference because I was able to walk much better after each time. After my surgery we waited a few weeks and my knee was very tight and once my dr cleared it then we were able to start astym treatment again and have done it a few times now and it has helped my pain and ability to bend my leg more.

Cassandra torres
Treating Clinic:  St Margaret’s
Center for Physical Rehabilitation
1400 Midtown Road
Peru, IL 61354
Phone: 815-223-8600
Website: http://www.aboutsmh.org/

Tendonitis: Why Won’t It Go Away?

Because it could be tendinosis.  Often, chronic tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis), lasting more than 6 weeks is really tendinosis (also spelled tendonosis).  The difference is that acute, short-term tendinitis is thought to be caused by mostly by inflammation, which is an active immune response of the body to a perceived threat.  The acute, inflammatory tendonitis usually resolves within several weeks by icing the area 3 to 4 times daily for 20-30 minutes, resting, and taking over-the-counter or prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.  It is important to consult your physician for advice on your particular situation.

Chronic tendonitis is often defined by the tendon pain lasting more than 6 weeks, and the condition is referred to as tendinosis.  Tendinosis is thought to be mainly caused by degeneration of the tendon.  In order to effectively treat and resolve tendinosis, you must stimulate regeneration of the affected tendon.  There are very few approaches that do this.  Astym treatment is regenerative soft tissue therapy which successfully resolves many difficult conditions.  To see how Astym therapy works on different diagnosis of tendinitis/tendinosis, take a look at this Outcomes Data from thousands of Astym therapy patients.  If you would like to find a certified Astym therapy provider to see if Astym therapy would be right for you, use this Find a Provider directory.

Thanks Laura! Astym therapy relieved my back pain.

I hadn’t been able to shop without a cane or cart for years. I had back surgery about two years ago and at first it was better but shortly after I began having back pain again, and if I tried to stand for a short period without my cane or sit in a straight chair my pain was increased greatly. I could no longer lay on my back to do exercises. My doctor sent me back for physical therapy and Laura suggested Astym therapy. Shortly I began to have improvement and I now have very little pain and can go shopping for hours without my cane or any pain. I am a quilter and I can sit and sew for hours, too. I would recommend Astym therapy for anyone before surgery or after.

Lela Fidler
Treating Clinician: Laura Dickinson, DPT,  Mid-Nebraska Physical Therapy,  120 West Leota Street
North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-534-0999  Website: midnebraskapt.com

Treating Tennis Injuries and Tendinopathy: Advice From an Expert

By:  Lisa Chase, PT, OMPT

Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff tendinopathy are common injuries that can plague a tennis player. The last thing an athlete wants to hear is, “You must rest and stop playing tennis.”  Soft tissue injuries can be painful, limiting conditions that are slow to heal, which is particularly challenging to a tennis player who wants to get back in the game.

Many athletes seek advice from primary care and sports medicine physicians when they have tendon pain and then are often offered anti-inflammatories, injections, and told to rest.  Typically, this common regimen only offers temporary relief and may not be the best method to heal a tendinopathy. Astym therapy targets the underlying cause of many soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to relieve symptoms.  It is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, and often works even after other approaches fail.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TENDINOPATHY, TENDINITIS AND TENDINOSIS?

The word “tendinopathy” actually means “disease of a tendon,” and is a broader term for two conditions known as “tendinosis,” or degenerative tendinopathy, and “tendinitis,” or acute, inflammatory tendinopathy. Although “tendonitis” is used often, most cases of tendinopathy are not associated with significant inflammation and thus don’t respond well to anti-inflammatory medications.

WHAT CAUSES TENDINOPATHY?

Tendinopathy can be caused by overuse or improper loading of the muscle-tendon unit. It can also be caused by degeneration of soft tissues due to injury, age or other reasons. Repetitive strain on a tendon may cause tiny tears that accumulate over time. These tears may result in pain and can eventually change the structure of the tendon resulting in acute inflammation and/or degeneration that can lead to pain, tissue adhesions, movement impairment and eventually loss of function.

HOW PHYSICAL THERAPISTS HELP HEAL TENDINOPATHY

ADDRESS THE CAUSE

  • Astym therapy addresses the underlying cause of tendinopathy and other soft tissue problems by engaging the body to regenerate healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminating unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.
  • Correct poor footwear
  • Assess or change equipment, for example choosing a racquet with a larger sweet spot will help reduce load on the arm.
  • Correct stroke mechanics, for example bending knees at least 10 degrees during the service motion will lessen the load on the shoulders and elbows.
  • Identify proper training loads and recovery to avoid overuse injuries.
  • Incorporate proper warm-up or cool-down for tennis.
  • Develop a balanced training program for tennis to include stretching, strengthening, speed, core stability, agility, balance and coordination.

WHY ASTYM THERAPY IS SO SUCCESSFUL

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 data.  A new approach to soft tissue treatment, Astym therapy resulted from a large, groundbreaking research endeavor supported by major hospitals and universities.  It is used in settings ranging from therapy clinics to hospitals to industrial rehabilitation to elite/professional athletics, and has been proven to be more effective than other available treatments.

Astym-certification is advanced training and not everyone is qualified to perform this higher level of care.  In order to become Astym-certified, a clinician must undergo intensive training and testing.  Doctors often prescribe Astym therapy for their patients because it is safe, high quality care that has been proven to be effective.  To find or confirm a clinician is certified in Astym therapy, visit the Find a Provider section of the Astym therapy website.

Lisa Chase

Lisa Chase, PT, OMPT, Astym Cert is an internationally recognized physical therapist, educator, lecturer and published author with specialty in rehabilitation and wellness. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991, a postgraduate certification in advanced orthopedic manual therapy in 1995. She is Polestar Pilates trained, Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, Certified MELT Instructor as well as Astym Certified.  She currently runs her own practice Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy, Inc. where she provides expertise in integrative physical therapy with particular interest in comprehensive and holistic manual physical therapy treatments and prevention of spine, sports and orthopedic injuries.

Lisa has worked one-on-one with world-class athletes, coaches, medical and fitness specialists around the world to help prevent injuries, decrease recovery time and optimize performance. She has brought her expertise to WTA Tour (Professional Women’s Tennis Association), ATP Tour (Professional Men’s Tennis Association) AVP U.S. Pro Beach Volleyball, LPGA, Major League Baseball, the English Premier Soccer League and covered the 2004 Olympics in Athens Greece.

Lisa lectures nationally and has been an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Michigan State University, in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, since 1998 and Assistant Instructor for SFMA and FMS Systems since 2010. She is a published author of several books on aquatic rehabilitation and published coauthor in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Lisa is also the founder and co-owner Rehab Links, a unique exercise software for medical, health and fitness professionals.

 

 

Finally, Tennis Elbow Relief with Astym Therapy

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!!!

Emily
Treating Clinic:  Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center
800 West 9th Street, Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812-996-0682 Website: www.mhhcc.org

Swinging For Success: Astym therapy improves golf swing

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

 

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