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Impairment from surgery & radiation: Astym therapy was my last hope, and it worked!

As the typical story is told, hormone positive breast cancer can return up to about 25 years. Really? Indeed. I experienced a new primary cancer 10 years after the original lumpectomy and radiation. BEWARE! As time passes after the original tissue-sparing, conservative surgery PLUS radiation —- 5 years, 10 years, 20 years —- there are more women that are falling into my same path of bilateral mastectomy. But there is a caveat to the story that surgeons rarely discuss until the second cancer presents. What about the previous radiation? What effect does that have when you remove ALL the breast tissue? What about reconstruction? What about healing and pain? The discussion about the quality of life can change significantly. Well —– previous radiation, they say, can cause a problem going forward. In my circumstance, I agree – plus 100 times over. Healing problems, dysfunction, tightness, decreased range of motion, pain, old scar tissue, new scar tissue, lymphedema with subsequent physical therapy, pain, more therapy, more problems, pain in my chest, neck, shoulder, back, headaches— more therapy, different modalities of treatment, no lasting relief, desperation. We can’t help you anymore…..

I made calls searching for more providers for yet more opinions. On arrival another practice, I told my PT that I understood if there was no more help available for me. I told her I just wanted an opinion. I just needed to turn over another stone. She proceeded to tell me about Astym therapy and the benefits, and I agreed to go forward. It was my last hope, in all honesty.

With a complex case and other scars from other surgeries, my PT continued. After many weeks of treatment and working through discomfort and dysfunction from distant and recent breast surgeries, fibrotic changes from radiation, scar tissue from other past surgeries, dysfunction from previous musculoskeletal injuries and congenital defects – I have about 90% improvement. The path has not been a straight line by any means, and work continues with ongoing exercises and manipulation to maintain function. It is difficult to put the gratitude into words….for pain relieved, for function restored, a life returned. Amen!

Katherine L. Henson
Clinic: GO Sports Therapy | 1199 S Beltline Road, #140, Coppell, TX 75019
Phone:  (972) 745-9060 | Website: http://www.gosportstherapy.com/

Astym Therapy Helped After Total Hip Replacement

Astym therapy was part of my recovery treatment and I was amazed at how quickly the old scar tissue became a thing of the past! I would highly recommend this for post surgery aftercare…

Joseph Cappuccio
Treating Clinic: Apex Physical Therapy & Rehab
110 NE 2nd Pl #106, Cape Coral, FL 33909
Phone: (239) 573-8658 | Website: www.apexptflorida.com

Astym Therapy Relieved My Golfer’s Elbow

I suffered from golfer’s elbow on my right side. It was hard to wash my hair and care for my children. I was very curious and skeptical about the astym treatment. To my surprise, the therapy was very effective even after two treatments; I was much better. Now, I have no problems with my elbow. Now, I’m lifting weights without difficulty.

Angela Rutledge
Treating Clinic: Physical Therapy Associates
632 S Lincoln Blvd, Hodgenville, KY 42748
Phone: (270) 358-9765 | Website: www.physicaltherapyky.com

RELIEF!!! Astym therapy was the answer for my knee pain.

I injured my knee 3 years ago due to a fall. I ended up doing a year and a half of regular physical therapy. It was ok, but I end in a surgery. After the surgery, my physical therapist, Kayla, introduced me to Astym therapy. At first I was hesitant, but after the very first treatment I felt immediate relief! My knee felt better than it had even before the injury. I feel like Astym therapy sped up my healing. Fast forward a year after my surgery and I re-injured my knee. We went straight to Astym therapy and my progress has been phenomenal! Astym  therapy has truly been a God send for me!!!

Christina Underwood
Treating Clinic: Momentum Physical Therapy 305 E Lakeway Rd
Gillette, WY 82718 Phone: 307-696-6045  Website:  www.momentumwy.com

Life After Breast Cancer Can Be Better Than Ever

After a cancer diagnosis, the brain often switches to survival. Even after successful treatment, it can be hard to move past the lingering fears and see that there is more to life than just survival. This is the experience of Gloria Harnack, a survivor of breast cancer. “I had radiation treatment 12 years ago. Then I had a lumpectomy first, but there were issues and I had the whole breast removed.”

Gloria survived breast cancer, but the treatment left her with scarring. “It was very much like ropes under my skin,” she said,  “I had no idea that my inability to reach had anything to do with the scar tissue. As a cancer survivor, you just live with it, you don’t think about fixing it.” Gloria lived with the tightness, scar tissue, and pain for twelve years before learning there might be another option. After a visit with her physician, she was recommended to Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa, for Astym treatment sessions with therapist Lauren TeBrink.

It got rid of the pain. It has just been a remarkable treatment,” Gloria said, “I wish I could tell you the difference in what I can do with that arm now, of what it felt like before. It’s not lumpy. I never dreamed that I could have better than what I had.” Gloria had lived with her symptoms for so long after treatment, and the new life available to her after Astym treatment was eye-opening. “It doesn’t matter if you get the treatment right after breast cancer, or if you wait years. What matters is you get treatment,” she said.

Lauren TeBrink is an Astym-certified therapist who treats breast cancer survivors regularly, and she has seen the special kind of trauma that breast cancer patients endure: “Women who have gone through breast cancer are a wonderful and delicate population. This type of cancer impacts their vision of themselves and sometimes can impact how they see themselves as a woman.” TeBrink observes.

Prior to becoming certified in Astym therapy TeBrink saw a great need in her patients. Women returned with range of motion trouble and tightness, and there was no ready solution. The women had survived breast cancer treatment but were left with limitations and discomfort from the treatments. “I felt strongly that I was missing something and that I had to bridge that gap. That is what led me to Astym therapy,” TeBrink said.

After getting certified in Astym therapy, she brought the treatment back to her patients and immediately saw results. “I noticed it was significantly improving scar tissue… and improving the look and feel of the scar tissue at the breast.” For Lauren and her patients, Astym therapy was a game-changer. “Since I’ve been certified in Astym therapy, I can see the difference it makes in them [the patients], I can see the happiness. They see that they can improve. Patients who didn’t think they could get better are getting better.”

Astym therapy has answered both the physical and emotional needs of her patients. “To see the hope I can provide these women is beyond impactful to me as a therapist. To tell them I can improve their range of motion, decrease their pain, help them wear a bra more comfortably, and most importantly, to help them feel more like themselves again.” TeBrink advises patients: “Don’t settle. Do not let yourself say ‘I beat cancer and that’s good enough’. If you’re suffering from limited range of motion, scar tissue, sensitivity, if you have difficulty wearing a bra or feeling comfortable, do not settle. Love yourself enough to seek something better.”

Having a special needs brother, TeBrink knows the value of finding the right treatment when you need it. It can work wonders in someone’s life. With Astym therapy, TeBrink is dramatically improving the lives of breast cancer survivors, and she is grateful for the role. As TeBrink puts it: “This shows me that this is where I should be.”

Featured Therapist: Lauren TeBrink, OTR/L, Astym cert    Occupational Therapist at Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa, Mason City, IA

 

 

Rotator cuff

I hurt myself dragging a dumpster and so did not want to have surgery again. My doctor sent me to Momentum Physical Therapy where they did Ultra sound and Astym therapy. I found it irritating and painful, but I was willing to try anything so I grit my teeth and beared it. I am having much less pain and will probably not have to have surgery. I am absolutely delighted. The people at Momentum are excellent, especially my therapists Jessie and Kayla, and the intern Hunter. I would recommend them to anyone.

Kerry Pasklivich

Treating Clinic:
Momementum Physical Therapy
Gillette, WY

http://www.momentumwy.com

Second Time Success

After having Astym therapy about 3 years ago, I was confident when a new area was causing issues and needed treatment. I am almost finished with this round and am once again satified with the results. I joke with my therapy assistant that he loves to inflict the “pain” that stops the pain! The end results are the kinks and scar tissue is worked out and I am much more comfortable in my daily activities.

Michele Orme

 

Treating Clinic:

Sportsworks Rehabilitation
Shelbyville, Indiana

http://www.majorhospital.org

Astym therapy = Awesome!

Before receiving Astym treatment, I was not as functional as I am now. I am still disabled, but I am capable of driving myself to my physical therapy appointments, whereas before Astym therapy I had to rely on other people for rides.
I also am not in as much constant pain as I used to be. The pain itself is still there and will never go away, but I don’t get as high a spike in pain as I used to.
Astym therapy is a great treatment method for what has been, and probably always will ail me.

S. K. Myers

Treating Clinic:
Momentum Physical Therapy
Gillette, Wyoming

http://www.momentumwy.com

Astym therapy magic!

I had ankle/foot surgery a little over a year ago! I had Astym therapy after recovery and felt great. Six months after surgery while standing I started getting burning sensation around the scar. I assumed it was a normal part of the healing process and decided to live with it for a little while. Six more months and the sensation is annoying and semi-unbearable! I go see the gals at Momentum and after one session, ONE!, the next day during standing I can already tell a difference! I haven’t been able to stand and do the dishes without wiggling my whole leg to get the sensation to go away in a year! Yesterday I got almost completely done and even then the sensation was noticeably less! Here’s to tingle free standing!!!

Dani Straetker

Treating Clinic:

Momentum Physical Therapy
Gillette, Wyoming

http://www.momentumwy.com

I Love Astym therapy

Astym therapy helped decrease the sensitivity in and around my scar tissue. It helped my ability to raise my arms over my head. The scar tissue is now flat with my skin rather than being adhered underneath.

Devin Scott

Treating Clinic:

Momentum Physical Therapy
GILLETTE, WY, 82718

http://www.momentumwy.com