Massive Rotator Cuff Tear

I had a massive rotator cuff tear and underwent Superior Capsular Reconstruction. After the surgery I was experiencing severe pain caused by scar tissue build up and this was impeding my recovery. My therapist recommended using the Astym treatment. The treatment was initially very painful and caused bruising in the treatment area. However, after a few sessions my pain had been greatly diminished. I stuck with the Astym treatment and now my pain is nearly gone.

Paul Vaughan

Treating Clinic:
Diamond Physical Therapy, 1140 East Algonquin Road
Algonguin, IL, 60102

http://www.dptrehab.com

Astym Therapy Gave Me My Life Back

I had a fusion in 2013 and now have another herniated disc in my neck. I started seeing Kayla and Jamie at Momentum PT and they began Astym Therapy twice a week. It has helped me go from working and going straight to bed daily to living a full life again. It really helped with my movement and pain in general. I am now pregnant and still thriving thanks to Astym Therapy!

Heather Burrow

Treating Clinic:
Momentum Physical Therapy,  548 Running West Drive
GILLETTE, WY, 82718

http://www.momentumwy.com

Grateful

I went to Mc Donald’s P. T. In hopes of getting help with a left leg issue that had been bothering me for a little over 3 years. The many doctors I had visited kept treating me with steroid shots in my back for issues in my spine. No relief came from any of 5 shots.
This past June I went to Mayo Clinic in MN. where an MRI feveiled a couple slightly torn tendons in my glutinous minimus. After a shot in my glutinous minimous using an ultra sound and a month to let it work, I began therapy to lengthen and strengthen the muscles that became weak and shortened from non-use. I had also been on Tramadol for almost 1year due to the pain. I began therapy with Pam Redfern and shortly after she started her Astym treatment on my leg. The bruises that appeared due to the deposits in my muscles were dark and many all up and down my leg. Succeeding treatments showed the deposits were being broken up and the bruises disappeared. Along with the deposits dissolving and my strength increasing I was able to begin to get the activities back into my life. Those activities were what made me feel better, body and soul. It brought me back to the person I used to be. I may never be 100% because it is torn tendons that can’t be surgically repaired but I feel with continued strengthening I am at 95 % and am so grateful for that.

Vicki Toothaker

Treating Clinic:
McDonald’s Physical Therapy
1005 N Hickory Road, South. Bend, Indiana

http://www.mcdonaldpt.com

7 Activities to Keep You Moving This Fall

Autumn is upon us! The temperature is getting chiller and the days are getting shorter so it’s time to get out and take advantage of the mild weather before the winter cold comes knocking. Here are 8 activities to keep you moving this fall!

  1. Trail Runs: Running the same old routes is made a little prettier by the changing of the leaves. But nothing compared to a run on a trail through the woods during autumn. The leaves make a soft barrier on the ground and a satisfying crunch under your feet with every step. Canopies of yellow, orange, and red make every step a little bit more exciting. The sounds and smells of autumn can bring your run to a new level of satisfaction and the natural terrain can make your run a more challenging and varied journey.Woman Running up Trail Steps In Front of the Sunset
  2. Hiking: If running isn’t your thing, natural trails are still a treasure trove of joy in the autumn months. The beautiful scenery and the canopy of colorful leaves make autumn the best season to hike. The chillier temperatures also help to reduce the risk of picking up creepy-crawlies like ticks. You can suit up with a backpack of supplies like water and healthy snacks and set out on day hikes, or even hike to camp sites and make the trip a multi-day experience. You have to take care to pack warm for those cold autumn nights and evenings, and make sure you’ve got plenty of supplies. A night under the stars in the clean autumn air can make for great stargazing.Couple Hikes to Rocky Outcrop overlooking a scenic view of forest leaves changing.
  3. Cycling: It’s too cold for swimming and when cold weather exacerbates joint pain it can make high impact exercises like running too painful to enjoy. Bicycling is a nice, low impact option to take advantage of the cool weather and scenery without putting undue stress on your body. Make sure to outfit your bike with appropriate reflectors or lights, and to wear reflective clothing as the shorter days and scenic routes might have you out past sunset.Man on a bicycle with his dog on the street in the woods among the autumn colors
  4. Rock Climbing: Early fall is a good time to squeeze in some late adventures and exploration. Rock climbing is a great exercise for upper and lower body strength, as well as core strength, making it a full body workout every time. The cooler temperatures can help you go farther and higher in your journey, but make sure you’re still staying hydrated.Female climber dangles from the edge of a challenging cliff against bright blue sky.
  5. Fishing: Fishing isn’t always considered an exercise but it is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh autumn air. If you want a bigger impact on your fishing trip, consider walking or hiking to a new fishing spot. This combines the value of a hike with the relaxation of fishing for a truly satisfying day trip. Make it an outing and invite friends for a full trip of hiking, fishing, and camping to get the most bang for your buck out of the activity.Mature man on a motor boat. Fishing
  6. Join a “Fun-Run”: Holidays are a great time to sign up for 5Ks, mini-marathons, and full marathons. While the spring and summer offer their own events, these themed runs are some of the most fun opportunities in the holiday season. Halloween costumes, wacky outfits, and all sorts of fun activities belong to the autumn season of running events and it’s a great way to motivate yourself to run farther or faster.                                                                                                               Marathon Runners against a black road
  7. Organize a Neighborhood Sporting Event: The holidays are about family and friends, and some of the activities that take place should be too. A fun idea to get to know your neighbors and to help create a close knit community is to organize a neighborhood event or block party, themed around athletics. A community soccer game or a friendly touch football game, or even capture the flag for kids or adults. Community sports are a great way to take advantage of the beautiful weather while getting to know the people around you.

Excited parents with kids running in a green field after a soccer ball

Astym Therapy Shortened My Recovery Period

I received a full knee replacement in January 2017 . During my recovery treatment, my back and hip flexor muscles tightened up making it difficult for me to walk. My therapist treated me with Astym therapy on various locations on my back and legs which helped loosen the tightness in my muscles allowing me to be able to perform my various exercises. The Astym therapy procedure considerably shortened my recovery period. Now I’m able to lead a normal life, walk for a distance, swim lengths in my pool and ride my bike for several miles. Thank you Astym therapy.

Steve Achekian

Treating Clinic:  APEX Physical Therapy/ Concepts in Rehab-          110 Northeast 2nd Place, Suites 105 & 106
Cape Coral, Florida, 33909  Website: www.apexptflorida.com

http://www.apexptflorida.com

Astym Therapy is Great For Me

Astym therapy is great for me because it has been used on my shoulder and both knees. It helps with the scar tissue in healing and helps to get my muscles back in order. My Therapist Mona is a Great Person and helps me a lot. I can’t give her any gift, as it is not allowed but she is the #1 in my book.

Mary A Jackson
Treating Clinic: OSF Center for Health  111 Spring Street
Streator, IL, 61364 Website: www.osfhealthcare.org

Mastering Stairs/Riding a Bicycle

I have been suffering from chronic knee pain for many years due to various reasons not the least of which is arthritis damage resulting from previous injuries. I had total knee replacement surgery on my right knee on September 19. After some home health physical therapy visits, my surgeon sent me to APEX for more “aggressive” treatment. Up until this time, I had to take steps like a baby, couldn’t drive, and getting on a stationary bike was out of the question. On my third visit I received Astym treatment and was amazed at the changes, not immediately, but that evening I took my first stairs, down, one at a time, in more than several years. That was a milestone. I could also get in and out of the car easily and began driving again. I received another treatment on my next visit and soon added the stationary bike to my routine. My thigh is betting better, and I am not only reaching but surpassing my weekly goals in physical therapy.

I had never heard of Astym therapy prior to this experience but I can attest to the success in my case.

Jan Larson
Apex Physical Therapy
110 Northeast 2nd Place, Suites 105 & 106, Cape Coral, Florida

http://www.apexptflorida.com

Astym Relief

I had been suffering with plantar fasciitis in my right foot for a very long time, years off and on. Sometimes it was so bad, I could barely walk. Those first few steps in the morning were incredibly painful. I have always enjoyed working out, running and being active. I would have to give up running for months on end at times and had to adjust my routine in the gym to accommodate the pain in my foot. I had seen a podiatrist many times, used custom orthotics in my shoes daily and had cortisone shots in my heel many times. Nothing seemed to work for long.

I began taking Pilates at Back2Normal to incorporate a good stretching routine into my weekly workout schedule in an effort to help all the areas of my body that were limited from tight muscles, including my foot. There I met Lisa Chase, who owns the facility and is an amazing physical therapist. She began treating me for my plantar fasciitis and some lower back pain. Lisa introduced Astym Therapy to my therapy for several weeks. It can be uncomfortable if you are already in pain, but I noticed a difference immediately after each treatment and after several weeks, my foot is almost 100%. I still have tightness if I don’t keep up the stretching, but when I begin to feel it tightening up, I make sure to get in and break up that tissue with some Astym therapy from Lisa. It has made a marked difference in my fitness capabilities and just my daily comfort.

Carol Thornton
Back2Normal Physical Therapy

465 2nd Avenue North, Suite A
Saint Petersburg, Florida

http://www.back2normalpt.com

Top 5 Reasons To Go Running During Fall!

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to be outside. The leaves are changing. The air is crisp and cool. The smell of autumn is intoxicating. And it’s the perfect running temperature for an early evening jog.

Autumn is upon us and here are 5 reasons to go running during fall!

1. The Beautiful Scenery: Especially in the northern part of the United States, Autumn is an unbelievably beautiful season. All the colors of the trees changing make a beautiful backdrop to a run along a wooded trail or along a river front. If you’re looking for reasons to run during fall, this is a great one. A run is made much easier when you can distract yourself with beautiful scenery. The change in colors can also help old running paths feel fresh again and rejuvenate your run.

Autumn sun warmly shining through the canopy of trees

2. Perfect Running Temperatures: The cool, crisp air of autumn is perfect for a nice brisk run. The chill in the air gives you just the right motivation to get moving and it keeps you feeling comfortable as your body heats up from the exercise. Your blood gets flowing but your sweat doesn’t. You feel better and more hydrated all through your run, and at the end you feel nice and warm without overheating.

Young running couple jogging in autumn nature

 

3. Reduce Your Holiday Food Guilt: The holidays are a time of year when we collectively overindulge on food and sweets that normally are consumed in moderation. That’s definitely a good reason to run during the fall season. Getting out and being active this autumn has the added perk of being able to stave off the guilt of too many indulgent dinners and the extra pounds that come with them.

Homemade Roasted Thanksgiving Day Turkey with all the Sides

 

4. Holiday Themed Runs: It’s the holiday season and everyone is just looking to have fun, and that extends to the group runs that are organized this time of year. There are themes, costumes, and all kinds of fun setups to make that 5K seem a little less ominous and that half marathon more tolerable. It isn’t just a race; it’s a great time to have fun.

An aerial view of marathon runners on a black road.

5. It’s a Great Time to Raise Your Goals: Your scenery is new, the air is perfect, the temperatures are cool enough to feel good. Now is the time many set new personal records and become better runners.

Young black woman in a forest checking smartwatch and smiling
Young woman in a forest checking smartwatch and smiling

 

So fall is here and going fast. It’s time to get out there and enjoy it. Soon enough, it’ll be winter. Happy Running!

Patellar Tendinitis No More!

4 years ago, 5 miles into a strong afternoon run, tragedy struck – I nearly collapsed in pain and limped across the street, calling a friend to pick me up. Since then, I’ve attempted running in various ways and at various speeds, never having any success at lasting more than a mile or two – and always with mild to crippling pain. Patellar tendinitis was an obstacle to my overall health and my enjoyment of life!

Astym Therapy is changing everything.

Recently, after signing up for an ambitious half marathon training program, I completed the first morning of speed training and was left nearly immobile – I was limping and couldn’t walk down the stairs on both feet. Typical.

An hour later I was in Lisa’s office for my first PT appointment, where she began her course of Astym treatment, followed by the recommended stretching protocol. Honest to God, I walked away from that appointment literally jumping for joy. By the following day I awoke with ZERO detectable pain. After ONE treatment! We have followed up with consecutive treatments and I have been able to increase my mileage and my training. I am actually running again.

I began running as a way to calm my mind and care for my wellbeing. I have lived with the stigma of having a bum knee for years, constantly being reminded of it’s intolerance for my eagerness to be active. I have regained a huge passion in my life, and I look forward to my first half marathon this November. Thank you, thank you for making this available to myself and others. This is a dream come true.

Jonathon Childs
Back2Normal Physical Therapy

465 2nd Avenue North, Suite A
Saint Petersburg, Florida

http://www.back2normalpt.com

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