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Back into the game

One day I was playing volleyball and we were warming up and I got hit HARD! I got hit so hard that my glasses broke and my nose was bleeding for an hour. I then got hit in the head two more times. After my third hit, my head hurt really bad and my neck was very sore. I went to the doctors the very next day and turned out that I had a concussion. Then afterwards I told the doctor that my neck hurt and he sent me to physical therapy.

When I got to physical therapy, I was a little scary at first because I didn’t know what to expect. When I went on the first day they did little tests to see what I needed to work on and what was wrong with my neck. After those tests, turns out that my neck has always been tilted to the left and getting hit made my neck shift even more to the left. My neck was very tight and had I knots everywhere in my neck and shoulders.

My second visit my therapist asked me if I wanted to try Astym and I was like why not? So I tried it and it helped tremendously. After the first day it was kind of sore but after that I could actually move my neck with little pain! After I used it once, it just got easier and didn’t hurt and it became relaxing. I went to therapy for 4 weeks 2 times a week and I used it 5 out of the 8 times. My last appointment, I had to take the same little test as my first appointment , they were 10 times better and I’m so glad that I used Astym. I’m back into the game I have grown to know since I was little and I am living a not pained life.

Kayleigh Osterdock

Treating Clinic- OSF Center for Health- Streator
111 Spring Street
Streator, IL 61364


NFL Players Embrace Astym therapy

I was previously invited to speak to the NFL Players Association.  The NFL players specifically asked me to speak about Astym therapy, which has increased the  performance and extended the careers of NFL players.

The NFL players who receive Astym treatment agree that they perform at significantly higher levels and recover more quickly and fully from injuries that would sideline an athlete who is not receiving Astym treatment.  Even though Astym therapy has a very good reputation for quality and effectiveness, some players have not tried it.  Why?  Some are unaware of significant improvements it can make in their game.  Others are a bit skeptical.   NFL players are fortunate in that they have access to all of the latest and greatest approaches to injury management and performance enhancement.  However, the downside is that they often try many highly touted treatments that don’t live up to their “hype”.  Naturally, the players then become wary of whether they will see the real results they expect.

After my presentation on Astym treatment, there was intense interest from the players who had not yet tried it.   I was talking to these players about how their performance would improve, how their old nagging injuries could disappear, and how their bodies could be made stronger and better adapted to their sport.  Just then, an NFL player who said he tried everything before finally becoming a devote Astym treatment fan, chimed in:  “This isn’t Voodoo man, it’s the real deal!”  I couldn’t have said it better.


Written by: Dr. Tom Sevier, Medical Director of the Astym Program

Dr. Sevier speaks with NFL Players Association

One word ‘Magical’

I was suffering from a very severe pain in back of my thigh. It was a muscle pull/tear.
I had to go to ER as the pain was very severe. The earliest doctor follow-up appointment I could get was three weeks later. I was looking for some kind of relief in the meantime.
Luckily I came across Ela who introduced me to Astym approach and how it can help me.
In the first treatment I felt so much better. Ela was nice enough to keep a regular check on me between treatments. Now it is time to see my doctor and I’m debating if I should even go anymore.  🙂


Treating Clinic:

Therapy by Ela
Concierge Style Physical Therapy
Charlotte, NC


Astym therapy really worked

Yes this works! Three knee surgeries, three years in a row. First year total replacement, 22 weeks of rehab and a manipulation, still horrible swelling and loss of motion. Next year knee revision, again many weeks of rehab, loss of motion, muscle cramps and knee seizes. The 3rd year another total replacement. More rehab, knee is always swollen to double size of other knee. This limits ability to bend. A friend told me about Astym treatment being used on her after her surgery. Talked with Dr. about trying this since nothing else was improving my knee. I was AMAZED! After the first treatment swelling started to go down. Every treatment after that has brought swelling down, my range of motion is great. I am so glad that I have done this and will tell others to try it also.

Roberta J Taylor

Treating Clinic:

Mid Nebraska PT & Sports Center
120 West Leota Street
North Platte, Nebraska, 69101


How Astym treatment turned things around

After a major foot surgery in April 2017, I was no weight baring on that foot for two months. I had to learn to walk again. I had 8 incisions due to multiple genetic problems in my left foot. My physical therapy turned a very difficult situation around using Astym treatment as a regular part of therapy. Life changer. I will forever be grateful that someone was certified to help me in my recovery. Difficult but necessary in my treatment to walk again and get on the road to more recovery.

Kim Stahly

Treating Clinic- OSF Center for Health- Streator
111 Spring Street
Streator, IL 61364


Relief from Muscle Tightness and Pain

I’m a 33 year old woman diagnosed from birth with cerebral palsy.
Because of this I have had to deal with a lot issues concerning my body. But my biggest complaint that I have is very tight hamstrings and leg muscles.
Through the years of dealing with tightness along with spasms and pain I have done physical therapy and still do, I have tried surgeries,
medications such as Baclofen, I have tried Botox injections and serial castings.
Some of these I no longer do because the treatment was very painful and not worth the short term relief, or the treatment was extremely inconvenient.
So I have continued to stretch as much as I can daily, but the discomfort is such that the attempt to do a stretch is very painful. But several months ago my physical therapist
Susan S. Ducote suggested that I try a new treatment called Astym therapy. She had just returned from taking a course on this and thought that it might possible help me. I agreed to try it; on the day of the first treatment my hamstrings were very tight. The back of my legs all the way down to my ankles felt like boards. The treatment itself I found to be very comfortable, and soon after my session ended I could already feel a big difference. The muscle down the back of my legs felt very soft. Later that evening in my home I was able to do hamstring stretches without pain. I was able to get my foot flat to the floor. I have not done that in forever. My walking was much more comfortable, which was a new sensation for me since I have always walked with tight hamstrings and muscles.
This is defiantly a treatment that I would recommend. The results have been amazing.

Lacey Wells

Treating Clinic:
 NeuroTherapy Specialists, Inc.
11140  N. Harrells Ferry Rd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816


Able to Sleep Without Pain Again

When I first started doing physical therapy I had trouble lifting grocery bags, reaching behind me, lifting various objects and sleeping without pain. Since coming to physical therapy and doing Astym therapy my symptoms have improved so much. My lifting is much, much better and I’m sleeping through the night without pain. Thank you Amy and Andrea.

Lisa Zachwieja

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


Plantar Fasciitis Relief

I arrived at DPT having acquired plantar fasciitis from what I believe was a combination of of flat feet and walking with very tight calves. (Nine months earlier I had a double knee replacement and since have been struggling with tight calves.) During my rehab for my plantar fasciitis I found the Astym treatment to work wonders on my heel pain. Almost immediately the pain in my arches decreased from Astym therapy. And now only 13 visits later I have gone from a pain of 6 to a 1.

Debbie Randle-Hayes

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


Hope Restored- Playing Golf Again

I suffered an injury playing golf in late Fall, 2017. My left extensor muscle swelled up and I couldn’t use my fingers of my left hand for even the simplest of tasks. I was in severe pain and could no longer play golf. I became severely depressed since I had just cut back on my work hours to play more golf with my friends . At age 66 I wanted to go into semi retirement to play more golf. After 53 years of working I was excited to be able to cut back and play the game I have loved for 30 years. My orthopod told me to rest it for six weeks and limit lifting to 1-3 pounds as he thought it was a torn extensor muscle. After four weeks of no improvement I asked for an MRI. The MRI showed a tendinopathy of the left elbow with degeneration of the extensor. My orthopod injected the area with Kenalog and told me to find a good hand therapist .

I had some therapy connections being an RN and contacted someone who recommended Tiffany Carpenter at Therapy solutions for my “tennis elbow”. After the assessment Tiffany explained the Astym treatment to me and her success with this technique. She explained in detail the tools and technique. After the first 5 treatments I began to see a significant difference. The swelling was rapidly subsiding and the pain was completely gone. It has been 6 weeks and I am so excited to say I will be swinging a golf club for the first time in months! Astym therapy is Awesome and my hope has been restored that I will soon be playing golf again and enjoying life! Thank you Astym therapy!

Billie Klesch-Sheeran

Treating Clinic:
Therapy Solutions
3126 Appaloosa Circle, San Angelo, Texas, 76901

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