Meet today’s guest blogger:
Gus Gutierrez, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Gus is an owner of and serves as clinical director of BRPT-Lake, a multi-clinic private practice located in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that specializes in the treatment of orthopedic patients and sports-related injuries. He received his Orthopedic Certified Specialization distinction in 1994 and then again in 2004. He is certified as a Level 2 Manual Therapist and is Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has over 23 years of clinical experience and working with athletes on all levels. Gus has been certified in Astym since 2001. He is also certified in Kinesiology Taping and as an Active Release Technique practitioner for the upper extremity, lower extremity and spine.
In orthopedic settings across the world, Astym treatment has become the prime modality of choice in scar tissue reduction. Dysfunctional scarring can result in restricted movement, stiffness, and an undesirable appearance. Astym treatment can help eliminate scar tissue and thereby restore movement, eliminate pain, and deliver a more desirable appearance.
Breast augmentation patients often have to deal with the negative effects of scar tissue. Astym can be a very effective treatment approach along with prolonged stretching. A patient presented with complaints of implant stiffness and lack of descent as compared to the opposite implant. Measurements from the distal clavicle to the start of the implant revealed a 6 cm difference. The patient was very self-conscious and avoiding wearing certain clothes. Treatment was started with the use of Astym and stretching performed throughout the chest and axilla region. After 12 treatments, the difference decreased to 2.5 cm. The patient was very pleased with her progress and avoided having an additional surgical debridement procedure. Astym treatment often resolves many scar tissue and contracture problems, which allows for the restoration of appealing cosmetics.