Category Archives: Hand/wrist pain

Hand/wrist pain

Astym Therapy Works! My Arm Pain is Now Gone.

After a few years of arm pain, nothing seemed to help calm my forearm pain and keep it away. After 3 treatments with Astym therapy I could tell a huge difference with pain and function. After finishing the program I am now six months out and still have no pain. This treatment works fast and lasts!

Nicole, Astym patient
Des Moines, Iowa
Clinic: Athletico Website: http://www.athletico.com/

Astym therapy made my arm 100% better – couldn’t believe the difference

From the very first time Astym therapy was done on my arm I felt 100% better!! I had more range of motion and better movement. This therapy should be used sooner. What a difference in my recovery!!

Carlette Bynum
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic Physical Therapy & Rehab
2345 Court Drive Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: 704-865-0077  Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com 

De Quervains Syndrome – Astym therapy to the rescue

I started having a lot of pain in my R wrist and thumb after giving birth to my daughter making it painful for me to pick her up. My thumb tendons started “popping and catching” making my wrist stick in different positions. I had approx. 4 Astym therapy sessions and the pain and popping went away! I was able to pick up my infant daughter again without pain!

Melissa Wood
Treating Clinic: CORA Ponte Vedra Beach
100 Executive Way Suite 109
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: 904-543-9011  Website: www.corahealth.com 

Astym Therapy Took Away the Pain in my Thumb and Forearm from Dequervain’s

I was a physical therapy student completing my last internship when I developed Dequervain’s synovitis in my right thumb. I would get catches and intense sharp pain in my forearm when I moved my hand a certain way. This was very debilitating considering we as PTs use our hands every day. After a few sessions of Astym therapy, my symptoms were gone!

Michelle Maracle
Treating Clinic: CORA
Ponte Vedra, FL  Website: www.corahealth.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.

 

 

What is Astym treatment?

Astym treatment is a physical therapy treatment that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

Astym treatment is highly effective for restoring movement and reducing pain from soft tissue injury/dysfunction, and Astym even works when other approaches routinely fail.  One of the main reasons for this is that Astym was designed to target the underlying cause of many soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to relieve symptoms.  Here are some of the diagnoses where patients have demonstrated excellent clinical results when treated with Astym:

• Lateral epicondylosis, chronic lateral epicondylitis
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
• Wrist sprain
• Plantar fasciopathy/heel pain/chronic plantar fasciitis
• Achilles tendinosis and chronic achilles tendinitis
• Shin splints
• Patellar tendinosis, chronic patellar tendinitis/tendonitis (jumper’s knee)
• IT band syndrome
• Chronic hamstring strain
• Joint contractures
• Overuse injuries
• Pain or loss of motion & function following surgery, trauma or overuse injury

Here is a full listing of diagnoses that have been monitored and the outcomes (treatment results) tracked.

Astym treatment is non-invasive, which means there are no injections or incisions.  Instruments are applied topically (on top of the skin) to locate dysfunctional (unhealthy) tissue, and to transfer mild to moderate pressure to the underlying soft tissue structures.   Astym treatment stimulates tissue turnover, scar tissue resorption, and the regeneration of tendons, muscles and other soft tissue structures.

Astym treatment  is typically provided twice weekly for four to five weeks (about 9 total treatment sessions) and is done in conjunction with eccentric loading, stretching, and functional exercises. Unlike other treatments, Astym encourages patients to active, workers to stay on the job, and athletes to stay in their sport during treatment. The Astym process actually makes the tissues of the body stronger, and allows a patient’s body to become adapted to greater stress without injury.  Patients are very satisfied  and enthused with the results they see from Astym

Astym is used in settings ranging from therapy clinics to hospitals to industrial rehabilitation to elite/professional athletics. This highly-effective, proven treatment helps countless patients every day. Astym is scientifically based and supported by clinical research and extensive outcomes.

Hand pain from repetitive work is reversed with Astym therapy

I work at a chair manufacturing company. My job involves use of a staple gun, tag gun, air nozzle for inspection of hundreds of chairs per day. I had pain on and off for years that I tolerated. On March 25 the pain became severe and I was sent to the dr on 26. Therapy started the 27. She used Astym treatment immediately. I felt relief after the 3 rd time. My hand was almost better than it has been in years. Continue reading Hand pain from repetitive work is reversed with Astym therapy

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Astym therapy helped my hand pain

I work in an extremely fast paced production facility. I grab and pinch material all day long. My hands would go numb in the evenings and throb at night. Years went by and I dealt with it, but the sleepless nights, constant pain, being a grouchy wife, mother, and co-worker finally led me to do something. I thought about finding a new job, ( I overall like my job and the pay is excellent) but was unsure. Once I started to receive treatment I couldn’t wait to go. It was uncomfortable at first and I was skeptical. It was the good kind of pain. I went twice a week for about six weeks, then down to once a week. Two months later I still have occasional numbness and pain, but I am extremely HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!! Highly recommend.

Nicole McMickle   Clinic: Memorial Hospital, Huntingburg, In

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center 800 West 9th Street Jasper, IN 47546 Phone: 812-996-682  www.mhhcc.org

carpal tunnel

Astym therapy relieved my arm pain

I have had a ganglion cyst on my right wrist for years. Once a month I would have a ‘flare up’ and sharp shooting pain up my arm and into my hand. I couldn’t lift anything heavier than a magazine, I couldn’t write without pain, or even open a door with that hand. I also couldn’t do any upper body strengthening because I couldn’t hold or put any weight on my wrist. My pain was a 10 when I started. After receiving Astym therapy, my pain is almost nonexistent. The exercises and stretches have helped my mobility as well. The worst my pain gets is not even half of what it was before. I can finally work out again without pain. I can lift some weight now and open doors/jars with no problem. The appearance and size of the cyst has gone down significantly.

Rachel Cunningham
Director of Public Relations at Regional Physical Therapy, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
www.regionalpt.com

Astym therapy really helps

I took a spill on the ice last December, falling on my right side. I caught myself with my right hand. The initial injury did hurt but I thought that it would eventually heal itself. When it hadn’t healed by April and they told me to give a little more time. In July when it wasn’t healed they sent me to Occupational Therapy. When I got there my therapist started the Astym treatment. At first I was a little sceptical but after a month of treatment with Astym and strength training the pain is completly gone. My therapist explained how the treatment worked and along with strength training I have full pain free movement again.

Jamie Gilbert
Clinic: SERC of Warrensburg
540 East Young Suite E
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-262-4795
Website: www.serctherapy.co