I have had 4 foot surgeries in the past 5 years. I had 2 Achilles tendon surgeries and 2 bunionectomies. I had never heard of Astym therapy until then. After the surgeries I couldn’t move my feet at all. I never thought I would be able to go up or downstairs again. I had regular physical therapy but it just wasn’t working so that’s when they decided to do Astym therapy. I couldn’t believe the difference it made and how fast it was. I didn’t understand why she had me put on shorts since it was my foot that was being treated. When she started running the instrument down my leg I could honestly hear the scar tissue breaking up. It was unbelievable!!! I didn’t realize that i could build up scar tissue all the way up my leg when it was my foot that had the actual scar. Anyway, after 4 To 6 weeks of Astym treatments I was walking and even going up and down stairs like I did before I had the surgery. The same thing went for my big toes after the bunionectomies. I couldn’t move my big toe at all. It wouldn’t bend up or down until I had the Astym treatments. Now, I have movement and you can’t even see the scar. I tell everyone that asks me about my surgeries that I wouldn’t be like I am now had it not been for the Astym treatments. My husband who doesn’t believe in physical threrapy is now a believer. He saw how bad my feet were after the surgeries and how they are now. I go to the gym and walk my neighborhood like I never had surgery at all. And, I owe it all to my surgeon, physical therapist and Astym!!! Thank you for giving me my life back.
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab
2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Website: http://www.carolinaorthopaedic.com/
I injured my acl in March 2016 and had to do physical therapy before having surgery and my therapist tried astym treatment after a few weeks and it made such a huge difference because I was able to walk much better after each time. After my surgery we waited a few weeks and my knee was very tight and once my dr cleared it then we were able to start astym treatment again and have done it a few times now and it has helped my pain and ability to bend my leg more.
Treating Clinic: St Margaret’s
Center for Physical Rehabilitation
1400 Midtown Road
Peru, IL 61354
The recent peer-reviewed research on Astym therapy improving function and range of motion in breast cancer survivors is getting a lot of attention. Claire Davies, PT, PhD CLT-LANA, the lead researcher and main author, has been invited to present at Annual World Cancer Congress taking place next month. This research demonstrates the impressive effectiveness of Astym therapy methods and protocols in breast cancer survivors.
The Astym therapy methods and protocols are evidence based and scientifically developed. Medical research consistently demonstrates the safety and effectiveness of Astym therapy methods, and also shows how Astym therapy is key in successful treatment following breast cancer treatment.
Only Astym-certified clinicians offer this therapy, and they are all listed in the Find A Provider directory the astym website. In order to become certified in Astym therapy, clinicians undergo intensive training and testing.
I had a bunionectomy in September of 2015. I went through 2 months of traditional physical therapy and was still in quite a bit of pain, but felt the therapy was no longer helping and thought that was just the healing process and it needed more time. Three months later my foot still hurt every time it hit the ground, I had a lot of swelling and stiffness and when I noticed I’d lost over half my range of motion in my big toe, I called my podiatrist. She wrote it off to “osteoarthritis”. I felt I didn’t want to live my life with the condition my foot was in and believed it could improve. I chose a different therapy place this time and went to Team Rehabilitation. I didn’t realize how lucky I got, they were one of the few places in the area that practices Astym therapy. Within about two weeks, I noticed a huge improvement in my foot and toe, my pain level went from a 7 to a 3. I’m continuing therapy, I still have slight swelling and stiffness, but am so glad I asked my podiatrist for a second referral to physical therapy and chose Team Rehabilitation. Without Astym therapy, I’m sure I would have spent the rest of my life in unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Treating Clinic: Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy-Southfield
27652 Franklin Road Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: 248-359-8700 Website: www.team-rehab.com
I had surgery on my left knee in October 2015. I had to have physical therapy and then I was introduced to Astym therapy. The first time it helped with the swelling but it was painful. After a few days it did feel better.
During physical therapy my progress with my mobility was developing slowly. I believe having Astym treatment helped my swelling go down, which improved my mobility.
Astym treatment helped my progress during my physical therapy treatments and I would recommend it to future patients.
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy
1140 East Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-0196 Website: www.dptrehab.com
A note from the Astym program: Clinical study has shown Astym therapy to be very helpful when used post-surgically. A large study was just published in the Journal of Knee Surgery, and it showed that patients suffering from persistent knee stiffness following surgery had significant improvement from Astym therapy.