Category Archives: Joint and muscle stiffness

Joint and muscle stiffness

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 

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

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: 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

 

No more knee pain after Astym therapy

I started suffering from an old knee injury last Fall. My knee was becoming a painful event every day. I talked to the physical therapists at TOPS Physical Therapy about treatment for my knee. They assured me that they could help me get back to normal, (pre Fall 2016) with treatment and exercises.

With confidence in their abilities, I started going to physical therapy three times a week. During the sessions, the physical therapist would use Astym therapy on my knee area, thigh and the back of my leg. I was amazed when they explained the process and how they were addressing scar tissue and adhesions. I am positive that this treatment contributed to the quick recovery from my knee pain.

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

No more shin splints thanks to Astym therapy and TOPS

TOPS Physical Therapy is the best! I had terrible shin splints from running and I went to TOPS and got the treatment that was just right for my condition. I’ve been to physical therapy at other clinics and did not experience the same level of care. At TOPS they used hands-on treatment that addressed my leg pain and tightness. They also used Astym therapy which was uncomfortable at the beginning but brought much relief and was totally worth the temporary discomfort. Thanks TOPS!

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

Thanks to Astym therapy, I can move again!

I have been dealing with tightness in my L shoulder blade on and off for years. When this pain comes on, I have extreme pain and inability to move my neck. I was skeptical about Astym therapy but only had one treatment and haven’t had any pain for 6 months now. I am a believer of Astym therapy and recommend my family and friends to seek out treatment!

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

Back pain: Astym therapy took me from barely moving to loose and relaxed!

When I first went to Momentum PT I only had maybe 50% range of motion if I was lucky in my back, from a fall I had when we moved into our new house. I was in so much pain I could barely move. I had been doing nothing but sitting in a chair and sleeping I was hurting so bad. We started doing all the normal PT exercises and modalities and saw some improvements but not enough, so we decided to try Astym therapy and see if it would help. We did my first treatment and it felt great! I went home and my back felt looser and more relaxed than it had in years. I went back for my next appointment and told them I wanted them to Astym therapy my whole body! We have added in a few other parts of the body, but have mainly concentrated on my back, but my back has continued to get so much better so that they are pleased and my doctor is overjoyed at my improvement. I now have 100% range of motion in several areas and 75% in others. I haven’t been able to touch the floor when I bend over in years and I can now! I owe it all to my Astym treatment and the wonderful therapists Jamie and Kayla at Momentum!

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