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How to treat damaged tissue without decreasing your activity level

Information provided on the blog is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or offer treatment plans.

We all want to avoid cutting back our activity level, but sometimes, injuries make that unavoidable, but why not deal with the injury before it becomes a problem? Why not treat the injury and remain active? Keep running, keep lifting, keep playing tennis.

ASTYM is a non-invasive, clinical treatment option that can do just that. Here’s a brief primer on ASTYM and how it helps.

WHAT IS ASTYM?

ASTYM is a clinical technique that uses specialized tools to regenerate soft tissue and reduces scar tissue.

Soft tissue includes structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. ASTYM provides a less invasive way of healing soft tissue injuries that does not involve injections or surgeries. The specialized tools are applied to the skin’s surface and a moderate pressure is evenly applied across the area being treated to identify the unhealthy tissue.

ASTYM tools not only identify the unhealthy tissue, but they act to break the tissue up and realign the fibers to stimulate healthy tissue growth.

TREATMENT PROCESS

ASTYM is usually provided two times a week for four to five weeks, however, it is not uncommon to receive ASTYM more frequently. Following an ASTYM treatment it is essential to stretch and perform activities that cause stress to the soft tissue structures being treated to realign and strengthen healthy fibers.

Watch a treatment demonstration video.

COMMON USES

Common diagnoses ASTYM is used for include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lateral/Medial epicondylitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Post- Surgical scaring/fibrosis
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Soft tissue changes associated with degenerative joint disease.

FOLLOWING ASTYM

The great thing about ASTYM is while undergoing treatment you are encouraged to continue with sporting, recreational, or work activities. Following completion of the treatment patients are encouraged to continue with the stretching regimen and are able to return to previous actives pain/symptom free.

Check out ASTYM and other RunRight services (i.e. are you wearing the right shoes?) over on the RunRight service page.

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Jon Gallas, DPT

Jon Gallas is a doctor of physical therapy for OrthoIllinois. He's also an avid runner and biker, who likes to work with endurance athletes to stay healthy and perform better.


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