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Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 | 0 comments

How is the Astym Treatment Done?

astym treatmentAstym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym®treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons Astym® treatment is so much more effective than other treatments is that it was scientifically developed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to temporarily relieve symptoms. It is one of the most researched and effective therapy treatments available.

Generally, chronic soft tissue problems are due to scarring or degeneration. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons and ligaments. Both scarring and degeneration are common and can result in pain and limitations in movement.

The body’s soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs, and over time the tissues degrade. Degenerated tissues are weak and prone to injury. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues, disease, etc.

So how does this process work?

First we stimulate: An Astym®-certified therapist follows specific treatment parameters to initiate the healing process. She or he will run instruments firmly along your skin, following the direction of the muscle, tendon or ligament. You will feel bumps as the instrument moves along your skin. These bumps are the defective soft tissue. The first couple of treatments may range from being only slightly noticeable to mildly uncomfortable — but stick with it. As your body heals, those bumps will decrease and the area around your old injury will smooth out nicely, indicating healing. There also may be some mild bruising in the area being treated, but don’t worry! That is one indication that the body is hard at work, absorbing the old tissue and laying down healthy new tissue.

Then you stretch and strengthen: It’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Your therapist will give you a customized stretching and strengthening program designed to encourage your body to heal correctly. Stretching tells the new fibers to line up properly, in nice parallel lines. Strengthening makes the fibers stronger, allowing your symptoms of pain and discomfort to go away.

And stay active: We’ve found that if you continue to work, play sports or do your favorite activities while you are enrolled in Astym® therapy, the tissue remodeling will occur in a way that supports these activities. The great news is that the Astym® treatment allows you to participate in these activities without the pain you previously felt. By remaining active during the Astym® process, your old injured area will become stronger.

We are proud to be certified providers of this therapy. For more information or if you have specific questions, please contact us here.

 

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Range Of Motion Exercises 12 Weeks Post Op Rotator Cuff Surgery

Range of motion exercises are an important part of recovery from rotator cuff surgery. In this video, Mark explains simple exercises that you can do in a standard doorway, or whatever is comfortable. Watch as he does gentle stretching starting with raising his arm over head while rotating his pelvis, then keeping his arm at chest height while rotating his pelvis, then finally reaching behind.

Important to note: Do NOT force anything. Do NOT increase your pain level, and definitely do NOT do these moves unless your doctor has given approval.

Another thing to note: don’t forget to work your lower half. In this case, Mark is doing body weight squats. There is a carry over affect that will help with your upper body strength as well as get your heart rate going. Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel so you can see him demonstrate different types of body weight squats.

Got questions about range of motion exercises or rotator cuff surgery recovery? Just ask Mark by contacting our office!

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Recovery Tips For Rotator Cuff Surgery

Mark is now eight weeks post-op from rotator cuff surgery. Here, he is explaining some exercises you can do to help improve your range of motion. In the video, he is demonstrating a pulley system that helps with active assist range of motion, as well as passive assist range of motion.

The other exercise he demonstrates is an alternative to the finger tip walking movement that is often prescribed. He has found this puts more stress on the shoulder, so he incorporates a soft ball to use instead to assist you with this exercise.

To see the rest of the tips Mark has given for those of you about to have rotator cuff surgery, please visit our YouTube channel to see all of the videos.

Rotator cuff surgery and injuries can be very complicated. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our clinic. Mark is happy to help you!

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 | 0 comments

Tips For Recovering From Rotator Cuff Surgery

“Physician, Heal Thyself” takes on a whole new meaning now. Mark personally had rotator cuff surgery and now has new insight and appreciation for what his patients go through. Mark wants to share some helpful do’s and don’ts that will help you as your recover including:

How the first six weeks are the most critical – take your time and follow your physician’s advice.

Learn the different types of range of motion which include:

  • Passive range of motion means someone is moving your joint FOR YOU – without your assistance. You offer no help.
  • Active assist range of motion means using a pulley or tool that helps you move the joint.
  • Active range of motion means you can move it on your own without assistance.

Rotator cuff surgery and injuries can be very complicated. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our clinic. Mark is happy to help you!

 

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 | 0 comments

What Is Astym Therapy?

astym therapyAstym therapy or Astym treatment is a regenerative physical/occupational therapy that resolves many frustrating musculoskeletal cases, including tendinopathies and post-op or post-injury scarring. Astym treatment is one of the most researched and effective therapy interventions available, and it is unmatched in its ability to resolve a wide range of soft tissue dysfunctions.

The Astym process includes the non-invasive stimulation of regenerative mechanisms of the body, and a customized program of stretching and exercise, which positively influences the alignment of new collagen. More benefits include:

  • Solves chronic issues
  • Quickly decreases pain and increases range of motion
  • Short treatment course: Typically 4-5 weeks
  • Targets the source of the problem, not just the symptoms
  • Stimulates regeneration of damaged soft tissues and the resorption of scar tissue
  • Patients continue to be active during therapy

Until now, the option for treating tendon pain and soft tissue problems were limited and not very effective. Often, people could suffer for months, even years, with pain and movement restrictions due to soft tissue dysfunction. Finally, Astym Therapy is now available and is highly effective AND clinically proven. Mark Slaughter has undergone the intensive training and study to become certified in Astym therapy. It is important that you see a certified provider if you are interested in this treatment. Only certified Astym clinicians are trained in this specific protocol.  Mark will follow specific treatment parameters to initiate a regenerative process in the affected soft tissues, including applying mild to moderate topical pressures, and provide a customized program of stretching and exercise.

Some general conditions Astym therapy is highly effective for include:

  • Chronic tendinopathy
  • Joint and muscle stiffness
  • Sprains and strains
  • Conditions resulting from dysfunctional scar tissue or fibrosis (post -traumatic, post-surgical, etc.)

Some specific conditions Astym therapy is beneficial for include:

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Ankle Pain and Stiffness
  • Chronic Wrist Pain and Stiffness
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hamstring Strain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Low Back Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Mastectomy Scarring
  • Post-Surgical Scarring
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
  • Scar Tissue
  • Tennis Elbow

Again, Astym therapy rebuilds and heals the soft tissues of the body, eliminates pain and restores movement. It does not involve injections or surgery. Astym therapy has helped countless people by resotring their movement, getting ride of their pain, and giving them back their lives. To find out if Astym treatments are right for you, call the office or contact us here so we can schedule and appointment and get started today!

 

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