If you’ve been suffering from a chronic condition that causes pain in your daily life, there is new hope through the ASTYM™ system!
What is ASTYM™?
ASTYM™ (A’-stim) stands for “a stimulation” of the body’s healing response, which results in the remodeling/resorption of scar tissue and the regeneration of degenerated tendons. The approach is a non-invasive therapy that works fast and consistently … no meds, no needles, no surgery.
ASTYM™ treatment is an innovative rehabilitation technique that addresses old injuries at the root of the problem. Often effective when other treatments have failed, it has brought pain relief and improved performance to many who have suffered for years.
The ASTYM™ process is specific and has proven effective through documented, consistent, desirable outcomes — results physicians and patients have come to expect and trust. Developed by a research team of physicians, physical therapists, and scientists, this protocol-driven system yields long-term results with short-term therapy, even when other treatments have failed.
Where ASTYM™ helps
The problem starts with scarring or degeneration : Stubborn soft tissue injuries result when inappropriate healing occurs in muscles, tendons or ligaments.
Scar tissue can be part of your body’s normal healing process, but sometimes the scarring gets out of control. In these cases, scar tissue becomes disorganized and crazy-it looks like steel wool. Healthy tissue lies down in nice, tidy organized lines. Scar tissue can restrict the natural movement of soft tissue, and those restrictions can cause pain.
Degenerative tendons are simply not producing enough healthy cells and collagen (the stuff that gives tendons their strength.) A degenerative tendon is unhealthy, has poor blood flow and is prone to weakness and injury.
The ASTYM™ system works to heal both the problem of scar (inappropriate healing) and degeneration (lack of proper healing.)
ASTYM™ jump-starts your body’s healing process
ASTYM™ treatment initiates the natural healing response of the body by gently disrupting abnormal soft tissue. The body sends new collagen to the area being treated, replacing dysfunctional tissue with healthy tissue.
How it works
First they stimulate
An ASTYM™-certified therapist follows specific treatment parameters to initiate the healing process. She or he will run instruments firmly along your skin, following the direction of the muscle, tendon or ligament. You will feel bumps as the instrument moves along your skin. These bumps are the defective soft tissue. The first couple of treatments can be uncomfortable-but stick with it. As your body heals, those bumps will decrease and the area around your old injury will smooth out nicely, indicating healing. There also may be some mild bruising in the area being treated, but don’t worry! That is one indication that the body is hard at work, absorbing the old tissue and laying down healthy new tissue.
Then you stretch and strengthen
It’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Your therapist will give you a customized stretching and strengthening program designed to encourage your body to heal correctly. Stretching tells the new fibers to line up properly, in nice parallel lines. Strengthening makes the fibers stronger, allowing your symptoms of pain and discomfort to go away.
And stay active
We’ve found that if you continue to work, play sports or do your favorite activities during your ASTYM™ treatment, the tissue remodeling will occur in a way that supports these activities. The great news is that the ASTYM™ treatment allows you to participate in these activities without the pain you previously felt. By remaining active during the ASTYM™ process, you will get even stronger in your old injured area.
Click here to watch a short video of the ASTYM™ process
Can’t I just do this myself?
You can only get the results ASTYM™ treatment delivers from a certified ASTYM™ therapist.
When you see the treatment done, it looks simple, but don’t let it fool you. Every stroke is being done for a specific purpose with a huge background of knowledge behind it determining the precise application. The ASTYM™ system’s outstanding results can not be achieved by picking up something you have at home and rubbing it along your skin. If this worked, there wouldn’t have been any need to spend years on the research and development process. Without the specific knowledge of anatomy and physiology combined with training on the specific application of the treatment, you (or someone working on you) could either be very ineffective, or could actually damage your tissue and make your injury worse.
Medical professionals insist upon ASTYM™ treatment specifically for their patients because of its solid scientific basis, consistent quality and good results.
Astym is covered by Medicare and most medical insurance policies.