Astym therapy made a huge difference my shoulder pain

After my double mastectomy I had frozen shoulder and had to have surgery. After surgery I had several weeks of therapy and was still in a lot of pain. Ela, my physical therapist, started astym therapy on my shoulder. After 4 treatments I have went from being in severe pain to being released with very little pain. What a huge difference!

Cindy Bryant
Treating Clinic:  Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
2345 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054                                                            Phone: (704) 865-0077 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Nothing Short of A Miracle: Astym therapy helped my foot pain

Difficulty and pain with ambulation had been becoming worse for me over a period of a few years, and was limiting normal daily activities. It was determined that this difficulty stemmed, in great part, from plantar fasciitis, peroneal tendonitis, over-pronation, and strained Achilles tendon in the right foot/ankle. Stretching exercises, elastic support socks, and use of an arch support did not address the issue long-term.

Following my request for a physical therapy consult for more specific exercises, the therapist evaluation covered multiple exercises for me to perform. The evaluation also included a discussion about Astym therapy. I have been so very thankful and grateful ever since! It was amazing to me that after just one Astym treatment I noted some improvement with decreased pain. Subsequent treatment resulted in not only further pain control, but also in increased functionality of my foot. My over-pronation was completely gone, my arch was improved to normal, the Achilles was no longer tight… I was thrilled!

Maintaining functionality and independence as much as possible is so very important to me, and with this exposure to Astym therapy, I have that.

Barbara Lentman
Treating Clinic: OSF Center for Health-Streator
111 Spring Street, Streator, IL 61364
Phone: 815-673-4549 Website: www.osfhealthcare.org

An Amazing Outcome – Astym therapy cured my chronic foot pain

I broke the fifth metatarsal in my right foot, 15 years ago while working at my job. The environment required that we wear steel toe boots. I am 5’2 and was assisting a co-worker put merchandise in the overhead compartments. I was told that the movements I performed to hand boxes up with my height, caused the bone to break.
After the cast was removed, I continued to have multiple problems.
I was unable to drive, work, dance, or walk without intense pain. All the little things in life became unbearable.
I tried regular physical therapy but here was little or no change with my foot. My orthopedic doctor gave up on me and said there was nothing else he could do or recommend.
I am a person who does not take narcotics well, they make me sleep, masking the problem and not a solution.
In August, a friend asked if the doctor ever recommended ASTYM for therapy. I had never heard of the procedure and immediately looked it up.
I read everything I could get my hand on and decided to give it a try.
I called Heartland Rehab and was scheduled for an appointment the very next week. Nicole was amazing.
I arrived for the appointment and met Meryl Willingmyre and my life will never be the same.
She was always on time, encouraging, and uplifting. She explained the process and we began.
The first week was the greatest challenge but I knew this would be the answer I was looking for.
If we had know how dramatic the end results would have been, we both agreed it should have been recorded.
After suffering for 15years with pain that never stopped – this treatment was a miracle.
Thank you Meryl!

Evelyn Stone
Treating Clinic:  Heartland Rehab Services-Sicklerville
Lakeside Business Park
502-503 Independence Boulevard
Sicklerville, NJ 08081
Phone: 856-629-8777
Website:  www.hcr-manorcare.com

After knee replacement, Astym therapy improved my movement and decreased the scar tissue

I had both knees totally replaced. The right in Feb 2016. It went so well and I recovered so quickly that I was able to go back to work in 2 months. I didn’t have much pain or swelling. The physical therapy went well also. I had the left knee done in Oct 2016 and thought it would go the same, but it didn’t. The left knee developed some scar tissue that made it difficult to get the degree of bending that I got with the right one. The physical therapy was tougher and more painful. My Therapist (Ella Bule) was great. She started doing astym therapy to help the scar tissue to loosen so I could get that better range of motion. After the 1st session I was in a lot of pain, but it was a good pain. I could feel it working the next day. I had 6 treatments and I was able to be released from physical therapy because the astym treatments helped me reach my degree goal.

Caroline OBrien
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab, 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: 704-865-0077
Website:  www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

5 weeks until Ironman! Astym therapy fixed my Achilles strain.

I had just 5 weeks until my Ironman race, when I strained my Achilles to the point that I could not run at all without severe pain. A good friend recommended Athletico and Astym treatment. I completed 4 weeks of physical therapy with Astym treatments 2-3 times a week. I completed my Ironman with zero pain in my Achilles and would highly recommend the Astym treatment.

Rick Swaro
Treating Clinic:  Athletico Physical Therapy-Powell
3967 Presidential Parkway Suite C
Powell, OH 43065 Phone: 614-791-0700
Website: www.athletico.com

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

 

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