Astym therapy


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Jun 8, 2007
The North
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Since so many members have written about and rave about ASTYM, we decided to have a short article about it.

ASTYM treatment is a process, not a just a tool.
Humans have been using tools of one sort or another to assist in deep-tissue massage for a very long time. In China, reports of tool-assisted massage go back thousands of years. In the West, tooled massage has been around since the 1930s. Today it's possible to find a massage tool of practically any size or shape (Gua Sha, Graston Technique, SASTM, etc.), some complete with information on how to mechanically break down tissue adhesions, save your hands and "go deeper." Although ASTYM treatment uses tools, it’s not a massage technique. Nor is it simply a way to save your hands or get deeper into the tissue. The ASTYM treatment is a system of healing and restoration, unlike any other.

Astym therapy

A different treatment with a different philosophy and different goals.

In the mid 1990s, we got curious about how rehab professionals could better encourage healing in degenerative soft tissue. The most effective treatment at the time was cross-fiber massage, designed to break adhesions. At first we thought that adding instruments to these techniques would save our hands and make the process more efficient, which it did. But our results were not always as good as we desired, so we tried modifying our techniques. We began seeing significant improvements in patients. As doctors and researchers, we knew we needed to perform research necessary to figure out what worked and why.

We created the ASTYM process from careful research.

Through our efforts in the lab and the clinic, we discovered that rather than just break adhesions and stretch out the dysfunctional tissue that was present, we could actually change the tissue. This marked a significant advancement in the treatment of tendinopathies and scar tissue, because it meant that we could help patients regain healthy tissue, not just make the most of their dysfunctional tissue. The trick was determining treatment parameters as well as the right amount of stimulus to insure optimal healing. We continued to perform lab research, clinical research, and collect outcomes, making advancements with each step. As we fine-tuned everything from stroke direction to specific pressure to what we did therapeutically before and after treatment, we found the results continued to improve. Eventually our treatment evolved into a specific process that was safe, effective and could be repeated consistently - what we now call ASTYM treatment.

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