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.
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.
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Inc.
1140 East Algonquin Road, Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-0196 Website: www.dptrehab.com
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!
Treating Clinic: Momentum Physical Therapy
548 Running West Drive
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-696-6045 Website: www.momentumwy.com
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!
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com
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.
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
I had shoulder surgery and followed up with therapy. It is so nice to have both the doctor and therapy in the same building. Could not have ask for better care from both Dr Johnson and therapist Elzbieta Bule. Was dismissed from Dr Johnson 5/23/17 and ended my “relationship” with Ela same day. Lovely caring staff.
I had extensive shoulder surgery and suffered pain in the deltoid
Muscle. Ella suggested Astym therapy and I agreed. Astym therapy gave me the relief that I needed to do the required exercises to strengthen the shoulder. I would recommend this treatment to others. There is no discomfort just a form of a relaxing massage.
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab, 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054, Phone: 704-865-0077 Website: http://www.carolinaorthopaedic.com
When I started therapy after surgery I could barely move my shoulder. But after 5 to 6 sessions of Astym therapy I was almost reaching my goals that were set by my Dr. I graduated on 8-17-17, without Astym therapy I think I would still be in therapy another 3 to 4 weeks.
Treating Clinic: OSF Center for Health 111 Spring Street
Streator, IL 61364 Phone: 815-673-4549
My left shoulder/neck had been hurting since January 2017 after carrying around a backpack vacuum around for six months. I had a myleogram done and that didn’t find anything wrong with me so then I had a steroid injection which didn’t help the pain. I had a MRI of my neck and then another of my shoulder and they both came out fine so I was referred to a pain management doctor who suggested I go to physical therapy and have astym therapy done. After 9 visits. Twice a week for four weeks I can say that I have very little pain.
Treating Clinic:Momentum Physical Therapy
Gillette, WY 82718
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 effectivein 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, 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.