Astym treatment is a method of manual therapy, and is non-invasive, which means there are no injections or incisions. Instruments of various shapes are applied on top of the skin to locate dysfunctional (unhealthy) tissue, and to transfer mild to moderate pressure to the underlying soft tissue structures, using massage-like strokes. Astym treatment stimulates tissue regeneration, breaks up scar tissue, and remodel the tissue in a more functional pattern.
Astym treatment is highly effective for restoring movement and reducing pain from soft tissue injury/dysfunction, and Astym even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons for this is that Astym was designed to target the underlying cause of many soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to relieve symptoms.
Astym treatment is typically provided twice weekly for four to five weeks (about 9 total treatment sessions) and is done in conjunction with eccentric loading, stretching, and functional exercises. Unlike other treatments, Astym encourages patients to be active, workers to stay on the job, and athletes to stay in their sport during treatment. The Astym process actually makes the tissues of the body stronger and allows a patient’s body to become adapted to greater stress without injury.