Category Archives: Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain

My Astym Story: Astym therapy helped my shoulder pain when nothing else would work

I hurt my shoulder 2 1/2 years ago. I have gone to chiropractors, massage therapists, my regular Dr., & several sessions of regular physical therapists and nothing has seemed to work. I was referred to try Astym therapy from my regular therapist and I figured it wasn’t going to hurt to try it. After about 2 months of twice a week my shoulder is feeling much better.

SHARON HIGDEM
Treating Clinic: Altru Rehabilitation Center
1300 South Columbia Road Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-780-2315 Website: www.altru.org

Astym therapy made a huge difference my shoulder pain

After my double mastectomy I had frozen shoulder and had to have surgery. After surgery I had several weeks of therapy and was still in a lot of pain. Ela, my physical therapist, started astym therapy on my shoulder. After 4 treatments I have went from being in severe pain to being released with very little pain. What a huge difference!

Cindy Bryant
Treating Clinic:  Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
2345 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054                                                            Phone: (704) 865-0077 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Astym therapy was a big help with my Frozen Shoulder

I stepped on a very old rusty nail on Grand Turk in August. Upon returning I visited the local urgent care facility for a tetanus shot. I am not big on immunizations but being I had been in a foreign country I felt it necessary. I feel like I did all of my normal activities even though I experienced prolonged shoulder pain for approx. 6 weeks until it got to where I limited mobility of my shoulder joint. I visited CO and was diagnosed with frozen shoulder. I worked with Ella in PT for approx. 2 months . I really liked the Astym therapy vs the other manipulation procedures. I am not quite back to where I need to be but have been released to manage the exercise and wear a brace at home. Thanks Ella!!!

Bonnie Bosch
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
2345 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: (704) 865-0077 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com 

Love it! Astym therapy helped me after surgery.

This is the third time astym therapy has helped me, twice on two different knee replacements and one on rotator cuff surgery . I really like it! It made a difference in my recovery .

Teresa Mathis
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
2345 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: (704) 865-0077 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Astym therapy made a huge difference in my recovery from shoulder surgery

I had surgery on my shoulder in October of 2016 due to tearing my labrum working out. The procedure included cutting and reattaching my bicep tendon and cleaning up my labrum. During my recovery as i began using my arm more I kept having sharp pains in my shoulder. After I informed my Physical Therapist about these pains she began performing Astym therapy on my shoulder. Within two weeks I could tell a huge difference.

Garrett Lewis
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab, 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: 704-865-0077
Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Chronic shoulder pain finally gets relief with Astym therapy

I had always suffered from chronic pain in my shoulders, neck and traps since the beginning of high school. I had gone to the doctor and people always told me it was just due to stress. It wasn’t until our family car got T-boned and I ended up requiring physical therapy that I realized there was actually something I could do to help these muscle pains. After three months of therapy with Astym treatment my general pain that had always stayed at an 8 on a 10 point scale lowered to a three at best. My quality of life has improved so much since starting therapy.

Michelle Blanco
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab, 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: 704-865-0077
Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Hey My Shoulder Won’t Move? Astym therapy helped me!

I have never had an injury or joint issue that required physical therapy so this was an entirely new experience for me. I was constantly in pain. I could barely move my shoulder or raise my arm the limited range of motion and the pain was getting worse. After my second or third physical therapy appointment I was beginning to understand how complex the issue was with the supporting muscles. At that 3rd appointment was when I had the first Astym treatment, it was good timing because I was desperate and would have let them do anything but also felt confident and in good hands. It is deeply uncomfortable but truly was the most beneficial part of the therapy. I understood the relationship of the tight and underdeveloped muscles contributing to the immobility of my shoulder. After the Astym treatment I experienced less pain in my shoulder so I could really take advantage of my home exercises with less difficulty it was pretty significant right from the first treatment. I began to understand the target results of the Astym therapy so I got acclimated to the treatment quickly the short duration of pain (some bruising) outweighed the measurable improvement in my shoulder. I have worked hard with flexibility and strengthening exercises but without the added benefit of Astym therapy I may not have had the same results.

Cathy Smith
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Inc.
1140 East Algonquin Road,  Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-0196 Website:  www.dptrehab.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 

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 Gave Me Relief from Tendonitis Pain

I came into therapy with pain in my right shoulder . My doctor diagnosed me with bursitis and tendonitis. My therapist started me with the regular exercises and then she did Astym therapy also for added relief. The pain relief took a couple of treatments but it worked well. I would recommend Astym therapy to anyone that needs pain relief.

Mary Gray
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: 704-865-0077 Carolina Orthopaedic& Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com