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Astym therapy helped my forearm tightness and golfers elbow

I received Astym therapy for my forearm tightness and golfers elbow. I no longer having aching in my forearms after two treatments of Astym therapy. I also had a flair up for golfers elbow and received Astym therapy for that and it was gone in two days. I would definitely recommend this treatment to people around me.

Danielle Kienzle
Treating Clinic: Momentum Physical Therapy
548 Running West Drive, Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-696-6045 Website: www.momentumwy.com

My knee pain is gone and I feel rejuvenated – thank you Astym therapy!

So where do i begin? I will first start off by saying that I am not a very good writer but I wanted to share my story. I got diagnosed with AML (a form of leukemia) on Jauary 18th 2016. It took a toll on my body not that my body was great before then but its defenitly got my bones feelin frail. I went through 5 rounds of chemo. After i finished my chemo i wanted to continue to walk to help me loose weight and to get my exercise. I was so determined that i started walking 5 miles a day. I started getting pain in my knee, so much so that the pain would shoot up my leg and have me so squirmy to get comfortable. I was having trouble walking up and down stairs, in and out of the car, driving,and in and out of bed sometimes. I stopped walking because i was in so much pain afterward. A month had gone by and my pain was not going away. I didn’t really know what to do for the pain so I just endured the pain. I finally decided to go to the doctor. She ordered X-rays on my knee and ordered physical therapy. I started going to the OSF Center for Health in Streator, Illinois. Joleen Hancock was my therapist she suggested that I try the Astym treatment. She was certain that my knee cap needed adjusted. She proceeded with the treatment. I was very impressed the first time it was performed. Although it hurt like crazy and I screamed a little. I was in heaven as i walked out of there that day. It started working immediately and as treatment went on I loved going because i knew it would make me feel great. I encountered a few other things as it went on. I could feel the difference in my legs because I was only being treated for the right knee my left knee would feel so tight. I did the stretches with both legs but because I was getting my muscles worked out on the one leg you could feel the tightness in the other. I also started having troubles with my hip. So the therapist had to adjust me so that i was lined up correctly and in place. I also had to go back for therapy on my upper and lower back. The Astym treatment was performed on me this way as well. Again I would scream and Jolene would tell me ok lets not scare the other patients away. It helped me immediately. They gave me stretches to do and as long as I did my stretches I felt fine. I was able to start walking again. I haven’t met my goal of my 5 miles a day yet but I’m working on it. I don’t have any more pain in my knee. I can walk up and down the stairs no problem. Getting in and out of my bed my leg doesn’t hurt any more when i drive. I feel so much better like i’m rejuvenated. I can now get on with my life continue to stretch out these muscles and fight to keep my body in remission. I am so glad that I got to experience the Astym treatment and would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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

Students with Neck or Back Pain? Astym therapy can help!

As a student who spends 8-10 hours a day in front of a computer or studying from a textbook, I am all too familiar with neck and upper back pain. I came to TOPS Physical Therapy in search of some exercises and stretches, but I found my greatest relief from the manual therapy and Astym therapy performed by the skilled physical therapy staff. Not only did Astym therapy decrease the overall tension and soreness in my neck, but I also experienced great relief from the headaches I had been experiencing intermittently for the last 3 years. In addition to the “TOPS” notch treatment I received at TOPS Physical Therapy, I was also educated on the effect neck tightness can have on brain circulation which may also explain the increase in concentration levels post Astym treatment. Thank you TOPS Physical Therapy and Astym therapy for providing me with an awesome experience and a fast return to pain free studying.

Vicky Su
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com 

Chronic Plantar Fasciitis – I Finally Found Relief with Astym Therapy

I was receiving therapy for several months -6 for plantar fasciitis and after the pain not getting better my therapist wanted me to try astym therapy . I saw a difference immediately in the pain level, it was not gone completely but there were many times that I could actually be pain free for the first time and my pain level went from a 8+ to a 4 and I was able to walk again. If my plantar fasciitis were to occur again, I would definitely have astym therapy again and would recommend it to everyone.

Mary Beth Mumford
Treating Clinic: McDonald Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation Center 1005 Hickory Road
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-233-5754 Website: www.mcdonaldpt.com

Astym therapy helped with more movement after foot surgery

1 shattered fifth metatarsal = 3 surgeries to my foot, 1 very weak ankle = 1 Brostrum procedure. After my foot surgeries, I never had physical therapy. After my Brostrum, I attend to help along my healing process. About a month ago, I had my first astym treatment. At first I was a non-believer. Let me tell you, within in the month I could feel the difference. Around my metatarsal repair, it isn’t so bound up anymore. The pain and knots are subsiding. It doesn’t feel like a solid mass of scar tissue any longer. Overall, it feels better on a daily basis, but especially after an Astym treatment. It is helping both my ankle and my foot. I was not a believer at first, however, now I am.

Beth Hulings
Treating Clinic: Momentum Physical Therapy
548 Running West Drive, Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-696-6045  Website:  www.momentumwy.com

Post-surgical therapy and pregnancy

I’ve been going to TOPS since its inception, the staff and I have been through a few surgeries, This time we took on pregnancy. Having had 2 shoulders, double mastectomy with reconstruction and a back surgery, I knew my body would need help on this 9 month journey. I didn’t want to do any damage to my joints or have undue stress on my back. As an avid swimmer gaining 30 plus pounds is a whole change and shock to my body. I would go in 1-2 times per week for maintenance therapy. As my weight increased and belly grew, my pain and tightening of muscles would shift too. Amy and Chad were able to keep my pelvis in alignment, and address my tightening fascia to allow me to continue to exercise at a high level. The use of Astym therapy helped me get relief and the treatment worked great with the rest of my programs. They also had programs designed to adjust with my progress. A very strong core and pelvic floor is key to a healthy pregnancy. I wanted to maintain these key muscle groups to reduce unnecessary stress on my low back, shoulders, and hips. Furthermore, pregnancy is full of leg cramps! Add working out on top and you are primed for the worst cramps of your life. As a pharmacist, I was taking my full vitamin regimen with extra calcium and magnesium to help with these cramps. You also can’t do too much salt when pregnant or you will swell. Again, my weekly PT sessions worked on my legs and the cramping was reduced. Astym therapy also helped this issue! Even though there was some discomfort in the moment, the results in the end are totally worth it! I can’t say enough about the staff at TOPS. I love them!

Lindsey Urbatchka
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com

Astym Therapy at Apex PT really helped my knee pain after surgery

The astym treatment I received at Apex helped considerably in reducing unwanted scar tissue in my replaced knee area. The after surgery treatment lessened the healing time and has me walking with better pace stride and less pain.

lawrence bennett
Treating Clinic: Apex Physical Therapy (Next to Fucillo Kia)
110 NE 2nd Place, Suites105 & 106
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Phone: 239-573-8658 Website: www.apexptflorida.com

Pain In My Hip is Now Gone Thanks to Astym Therapy

TOPS Physical Therapy is the best clinic I have gone to! In 2015 I suffered a season ending hip injury. The TOPS team went above and beyond to help me through one of the most challenging experiences I faced as an athlete. They helped me though every step of the way (going to office visits, and etc). By far the best care I have ever experienced. I have played basketball for over 15 years (from leagues, travel ball, high school and at the collegiate level), throughout those years I have suffered many bumps and bruises along the way. With that being said, I have gone to a lot of clinics and no place gave me the type of care TOPS did!
While in their care, they had me on a great exercise program that really helped me get my strength back. Another thing they did was use Astym therapy, which if you asked me while they were doing it I would say it is not a fun time. But, the use of Astym therapy helped aid my recovery process and addressed dysfunctional tissue around my scars, relieving tightness.   Astym therapy also helped with myositis osscificanas (I had to look that up)! From allergy shots, I developed two small round hard bumps in my butt. Astym therapy was able to fix that and get me back to normal. I love Astym therapy and TOPS Physical Therapy

Cassidee Ranger
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com

Astym Therapy Helped Me To Walk Normally Again!

I started to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot last winter. It wasn’t caused by an injury, it just slowly started to bother me and got progressively worse as time went on. I went to a podiatrist for help but the inserts in my shoes really didn’t alleviate the pain. Either way, I kept walking my dogs and going to exercise classes even though I had a lot of pain. Unfortunately, in one of the classes I did feel something tear in my foot so the instructor directed me to see Mary Rachford at Naperville Fyzical Therapy for treatment and I am so glad I went. It was probably at least 6 months that I had been having pain, so I was relieved to finally know there was relief on the way. I started Astym therapy in August 2016 with Dr. Bill Block and he really did a good job. Astym therapy can be a little uncomfortable at first, but gets better with each treatment as my foot started to heal. I would go twice a week for 30 minute Astym therapy sessions and then another 30 minutes of strengthening exercises. It took a full 12 sessions for me to finally be completely pain free. I am so grateful to Mary and Bill at Naperville Fyzical Therapy! They helped me to be able to walk my dogs daily again and get back to exercising!! I honestly could not walk normally because I had so much pain, so I am thrilled to be completely pain free!! I would highly recommend Astym therapy to anyone that is considering it. This treatment really works!

Colleen Brummel
Treating Clinic: FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers
1240 Iroquois Avenue Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: 630-369-1015 Website:  www.fyzical.com/naperville

Astym therapy: Getting Back To My A Game

I suffered a season ending injury to my knee while playing in a basketball game. I had ACL surgery back in April of 2015 and needed PT to get me back to playing the game I love! The road to recovery and getting back on the court was a long nine months. TOPS Physical Therapy gave me some of the best care that I have ever experienced as an athlete. Astym therapy was something that they used on me to help aid my recovery process and keep me tuned up! Astym therapy helped with scar tissue, tightness, increased blood flow, and really getting in deep to address those adhesions. Astym therapy also helped with an old ankle injury I suffered 10 years ago, that I thought was helpless! I love Astym therapy and TOPS Physical Therapy!

Keaton Ranger
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com