As a physical therapist and practice owner, ASTYM has become one of the most common modalities I will use with patients. Over the past 10 years, I have implemented ASTYM therapy in my physical therapy practice in Gilbert, Arizona and have found that it is very effective for many different types of diagnoses. Over time I have learned that there are few therapy conditions that can’t benefit from ASTYM treatments. It is one of my most valuable treatment tools in my physical therapy toolbox.
Here are a few diagnoses which respond very well to ASTYM treatment. When I come across these diagnoses in a new patient, I immediately begin to think about how great ASTYM will be for the patient.
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Without further ado, here is a list of my 5 favorite conditions to treat with ASTYM:
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Many people get elbow pain from overusing the arm muscles for intense and/or repetitive manual activities. Recently, I had a diesel engine mechanic who had suffered from elbow pain for several months and was concerned that his condition might be permanent. After a few ASTYM treatments he began to feel better and believe that his elbow might actually recover fully from the constant pain that had persisted for so long. Working every day and pulling on heavy tools became much more tolerable.
Total Knee Replacements
I have 3 current knee replacement patients that have recently acknowledged significant benefit from ASTYM therapy recently. One patient described it as a game changer. He was very sore and stiff following surgery but noticed less knee pain and better mobility the day after ASTYM application. He returned to my office and wondered what type of voodoo we had done to give him such a boost. He continues to ask for ASTYM to be done on his knee.
Repetitive running activities tend to create physical stress on the Achilles tendon that can be felt with ASTYM tools. When these specialized tools are moved directly over the Achilles tendon I routinely feel tension in the tissues that resonates in the hand held tools. The tension in the Achilles tissues tends to diminish with successive ASTYM treatments and the patient reports decreased symptoms.
IT Band Syndrome
Tightness in the outside aspect of the knee and hip can cause pain that can limit a person’s tolerance to walking and/or running. ASTYM protocols have been designed to effectively treat tissues on the outside aspect of the hip and knee that can alleviate symptoms to allow people to be more active.
I’ll be honest – before becoming ASTYM certified I felt relatively powerless to solve plantar fasciitis issues. ASTYM has empowered me to do so much more to help with this insidious foot arch pain. Their foot pain and tightness is directly addressed by the application of the ASTYM tools to provide immediate and cumulative relief. They come back to PT asking for more ASTYM.
Looking Back on 10 Years of Performing ASTYM Therapy
I am grateful to ASTYM to have developed such an effective therapy treatment that is advantageous to so many physical ailments. It brings me great satisfaction to be able to help many patients with challenging conditions.