What is ASTYM therapy

What is ASTYM?

ASTYM is a specialized tool-assisted treatment that works on soft tissue structures such as muscle, tendon, and ligament to promote healing and tissue regeneration, allowing for improved mobility and decreased pain. ASTYM therapy works by allowing your therapist to easily identify dysfunctional tissue and utilize the highly specialized tools to increase blood flow, reduce scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions, thus improving pain and mobility.

How does ASTYM work?

Following many injuries, including post-surgical, traumatic, repetitive and overuse injuries, the body responds by laying down fibers to assist in the healing process. Often this results in scar tissue and excessive fibrosis that restricts normal mobility and mechanics and can result in pain and dysfunction. The ASTYM technique works by producing controlled microtrauma into the tissue, increasing blood flow and allowing for regeneration of healthy tissues. Paired with specific stretching and exercises, ASTYM works to restore healthy tissues and decrease pain.

What to expect from your ASTYM treatment?

While every case is different, there are a few things all patients should expect during and following an ASTYM treatment. Contrary to popular belief, more is not always better. Your physical therapist will determine the appropriate pressure and duration for your session based on their initial evaluation and specific training. As with any treatment, it is important to always let your therapist know what you are feeling – while some discomfort is common, ASTYM treatments should not be intolerable. Additionally, it is common and actually a positive sign when redness occurs (indicating blood flow) and not uncommon to have some bruising in the days following ASTYM treatment. Typically ASTYM therapy is performed every other day or every two days to allow for optimal healing, but be sure to make your therapist aware of any bruising or skin sensitivities to best determine their plan of care. While there are no quick fixes in the world of health and healing, many report improved symptoms immediately following a single bout of ASTYM and many report resolved symptoms in 6-8 visits when combined with a specific exercise and stretching program.

What conditions are treated by ASTYM?

ASTYM therapy can assist in treating a variety of conditions, including those stemming from overuse, prolonged immobilization, and post-surgical in addition to chronic injuries. Many common diagnosis successfully treated by ASTYM include achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, IT band syndrome and lateral epicondylitis.

ASTYM in Physical Therapy

ASTYM is one of the many manual therapies that Stride Strong physical therapists provide to our patients to help tendons and soft tissue dysfunctions heal. ASTYM therapy has proven repetitively in the clinic to improve function, range of motion, and assist in nerve and scar tissue healing. The ASTYM treatment only takes about 15 to 30 minutes on a single limb and ASTYM can be done on all ages of patients, on most physical therapy injuries.

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Ana Lucia Pinheiro
Ana Lucia Pinheiro
02:18 20 Oct 17
This place is amazing. I am so happy I found Stride Strong PT. Alice pays attention to all of the details, she watches every single move I make, my posture, and the way I move through every exercise. She is very knowledgeable, she was able to pin-point the problems in my back and she has a plan to help me become stronger where I need. The place is brand new, huge, and has nice exercise machines. I tried a few physical therapists in the area, and Alice is TOP, second to none, and I feel super lucky to have found her. Highly recommended!!
Prashant Gupta
Prashant Gupta
01:00 02 Oct 17
Dr. Alice at Stride Strong is one of the best PTs I have come across. Her attention to detail and assessment of the root cause of injury is very good. She is excellent in evaluating pain patterns and giving a training schedule for a rehab & injury prevention, she is extremely knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend Stride Strong to anyone looking for PT. It is easily the best PT clinics in Hillsboro area.
steven zollin
steven zollin
20:57 14 Sep 17
Highly recommend Stride Strong Physical Therapy , Alice showed me proper form to assist in recovery with my shoulder and is very knowledgeable.
Lindsay Nied
Lindsay Nied
23:33 18 Dec 17
I recently had a massage from Joel at the Hillsboro location. He was able to work on an ongoing issue I have been experiencing with my back after a sports injury, and I left feeling so much better. The whole facility looked incredible, and everyone I met was friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend Stride Strong for massage and physical therapy.
JoAnn Hatch
JoAnn Hatch
08:20 08 Nov 17
Dr. Sydney is by far the absolute best physical therapist I've worked with ever! Her expertise in designing highly effective and efficient exercise plans is beyond compare. I feel so much better as my strength and function increases. She comes up with the most brilliant and fun ideas to motivate. To my delight she even offered to come to my home in Vancouver and work with me on my own equipment including a Stott Pilates Reformer. Talk about going above and beyond! Couldn't be more grateful I found her!!!
Clare Perry
Clare Perry
21:58 23 Oct 17
A full hour of a dedicated PT professional's time without aides or techs? That's just one of the things that sets this clinic apart from others. Competent, professional, and amiable, Dr. Alice Holland and her team are the best in the area. While I generally see them at the Cedar Mill Clinic on Cornell, situational constraints took me to their new Hillsboro clinic today near Intel Jones Farm. Beautifully furnished, spacious with easy parking and access. May you continue to grow and thrive, Stride Strong!
Joyce Heideman
Joyce Heideman
08:28 11 May 18
After foot surgery I went to Stride Strong for therapy with Alice Holland. She helped me reach my full mobility again by continuously introducing new and challenging exercises. The entire staff is friendly and professional. They are always on time and do not rush. I look forward to doing 1/2 marathons again and riding my recumbent trike. Thank you Stride Strong for your care and high level of expertise.
Suad Daher
Suad Daher
20:48 28 Feb 18
The best physical therapy ever. Both JP and Sydney were a great PT, they helped me understand how I can help treat my injury and how it may have caused. And also they informed about so many techniques that I can use to help my injuries or any other injuries I get in the near future. They are both friendly and nice to talk too, and verbunformative. And there is also Krystal, she is the best front desk receptionist ever, she is nice and friendly and can easily manage your schedule based on the patients comfort if they want to schedule or not. She can help and she replies fast to any patients email. And she is easy to talk to. Thank you Stride Strong Physical Therapy.
Amanda O'Rourke
Amanda O'Rourke
21:38 15 Jun 18
In just a month I've seen great progress! I've been incorporating the exercises taught to me into my daily workout routine. Im very happy with my continued results.
Albert Szal
Albert Szal
23:43 10 Jun 18
Mary Szal here: I've had three sessions with Brittany at the Hillsboro location. I can say that she has been the most effective and instructive physical therapist I've ever experienced. Her personality, energy, knowledge and results are top notch.
Osa Phiangdae
Osa Phiangdae
00:05 22 Mar 18
Awesome place for PT. Hillsboro location has plenty of parking and very spacious. I had the pleasure to work mostly with Dr. Alice Holland and JP. I came in with a shoulder injury and thank goodness they understood what I was going through. They are the best of what they do, I would recommend Stride Strong to anyone who needs PT.
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