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IT Band syndrome

Astym therapy key for marathon training

Astym therapy has been a key factor in my recovery for high volume marathon training. Each session seems to open up more levels of flexibility; and a quicker recharge between runs. Mona put so much of her own passion for therapy into each treatment- making each appointment something very special. What a relief!

David Martin, Streator, Illinois

Treating Clinic: OSF Center for Health-Streator, Mona Rabago     111 Spring St.  Streator, IL 61364 Phone: 815-673-4549       Website:   www.osfhealthcare.org

Astym therapy finally helped my back pain when nothing else would work!

I have had back pain for several years, ever since I was a teenager. A year ago, the pain became unbearable and limited my day to day activities severely. I could barely stand or sit and couldn’t sleep at night. I sought help and was quickly diagnosed with sacroiliitis. I went through several treatments including steroid packs, corticosteroid injections, prolotherapy, braces, and physical therapy, but nothing was working. My doctor then suggested I go through a second round of physical therapy with a different therapist. In my initial examination, further ailments were discovered: IT band inflammation, hip flexor inflammation and fibrosis throughout my legs and back. Apex Physical Therapy nominated me as a candidate for Astym therapy, which I graciously accepted. After 3 months of therapy, I am happy to say my pain is nearly gone and I am able to live life again. Previous ailments such as pelvic floor dysfunction have also disappeared. I feel so much stronger and happier. I am able to enjoy life again. Thank you Astym therapy!

Brittany Flanigan
Treating Clinic: Apex Physical Therapy & Rehab
15751 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 4
Fort Myers, FL 33908 Phone: 239-337-2739
Website: www.apexptflorida.com

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.

What is Astym treatment?: Astym Definition, Part II

Astym treatment is effective in resolving many soft tissue problems, including chronic tendinopathies, tendon pain, tendon injury, stiffness, restricted movement, limited function and other conditions associated with adhesions or scar tissue that can occur after trauma or surgical intervention. It is also quite effective on sprains, strains, and other acute and sub-acute soft tissue injuries.  Continue reading What is Astym treatment?: Astym Definition, Part II

Finally I Can Run Again! Astym therapy cured my IT Band pain.

This last year in October I ran Chicago Marathon and then 2 weeks later I ran a half marathon and I started experiencing pain along the outside of my left knee. I knew it was my IT band that was flaring up but I kept going and finished the race. I rested for 2 weeks after that and ran a 10k race and at mile 2.5 it flared up again. It hurt so bad that I wanted to cry and stop but again I didn’t stop and finished the race. It felt like a knife was digging into the outside of my left knee. I decided to do rest it for a few week while icing it and stretching. After about a few weeks I had to start running again and met a group of friends for a trail run and again I made it 2 miles and I had to stop and stretch it. That was really embarrassing having to stop when I had just completed a marathon and a half the month less than a month before that.

I decided to call my good friend Dan McGrane at Accelerated Rehab Center (now Athletico) for some desperate help that’s where he recommend Astym therapy. The first few treatments gave me some relief from the tightness around my knee and it gave me some hope I would be back to running soon. After completing my Astym treatments I was able to go snowshoeing and start my running again with no tightness or pain!! Any of your runners that can’t shake the IT band pain, I totally recommend it!

Lindsey, Runner
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Clinic: Athletico Physical Therapy 1111 Ansborough Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701  Phone: 319-433-0130 Website: http://www.athletico.com/

Runner’s Relief

I started experiencing pain along the outside of my right knee and a tightness that prevented me from running downhill on one of my trail runs. The pain reoccurred every time I attempted to run in the following weeks. Rest, ice, and stretching were my first approach to healing from this injury that came on out of the blue. My next attempt at running led to frustration and disappointment as the pain and tightness were still there! I did some research on IT Band Syndrome and determined that was my problem. Everything I read stated that rest and stretching were the recommended treatments, but complete healing would take weeks! Not willing to wait weeks, my physician recommended physical therapy and she even informed me about Astym. Continue reading Runner’s Relief

Runner’s Relief from IT Band Syndrome

I started experiencing pain along the outside of my right knee and a tightness that prevented me from running downhill on one of my trail runs. The pain reoccurred every time I attempted to run in the following weeks. Rest, ice, and stretching were my first approach to healing from this injury that came on out of the blue. My next attempt at running led to frustration and disappointment as the pain and tightness were still there! I did some research on IT Band Syndrome and determined that was my problem. Everything I read stated that rest and stretching were the recommended treatments, but complete healing would take weeks! Not willing to wait weeks, my physician recommended physical therapy and she even informed me about Astym. After a thorough evaluation by the therapist, I decided to give Astym a try. Continue reading Runner’s Relief from IT Band Syndrome

IT Band Syndrome: The Solution to a Difficult Problem

Meet today’s Guest Blogger:

Suzie Freeman, MPT, OCS physical therapist

Suzie Freeman, MPT, OCS
Suzie works as a Senior Physical Therapist at California Rehabilitation and Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington Beach, California. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then moved on to the University of Southern California for her Masters in Physical Therapy.  Suzie is the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education, as well as a Clinical Instructor, taking physical therapy students from local universities on a year-round basis. 

So, it’s the New Year, and you have taken up running, or recently increased your mileage.  Things are going great.  Your pants are looser, and you feel on top of the world.  Then, the side of your thigh or the outside of your knee starts hurting.  You have developed IT Band pain. You check the internet, and it is filled with stories of how stubborn IT Band pain is to treat, and how long it takes to recover; that is, if people recover at all.  Things seem pretty dismal.  You pop a few ibuprofens, try some ice, buy some new running shoesbut the IT Band pain just won’t go away.  You see your doctor, try some physical therapy; perhaps orthotics.  Still not better.  You wonder, “Is this the best the medical community can do for me?” Continue reading IT Band Syndrome: The Solution to a Difficult Problem

Chronic Tennis Elbow That Would Not Improve With Other Treatments Finally Gets Better With ASTYM

Meet today’s guest bloggers:

Kris Korsan, PTA and Tracy Daugherty, MS, ATC, PTA

Kris Korsan, PTA (left) has been a physical therapy assistant for 20 years, and co-owns City Center Rehabilitation, a private orthopedic and sports medicine clinic in Peru, Illinois.

Tracy Daugherty, M.S., ATC, PTA (right) has been a certified athletic trainer for 14 years and a physical therapy assistant for four years.  Ms. Daugherty works with Ms. Korsan at City Center Rehabilitation in Peru, Illinois.

Chronic Tennis Elbow That Would Not Improve With Other Treatments Finally Gets Better With Astym

Several years ago, I had a client who was a mechanic with bilateral elbow lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow on both arms).  He received traditional treatments of anti-inflammatories, iontophoresis/phonophoresis, modalities of e-stim and ice, stretching, and gentle strengthening exercises.  He was unable to rest his elbows due to his job demands.  After his bilateral tennis elbow had no success with multiple other therapies, he finally received an order for Astym treatments at a clinic that was more than an hour’s drive from his home. Continue reading Chronic Tennis Elbow That Would Not Improve With Other Treatments Finally Gets Better With ASTYM