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ASTYM System - Has Anyone Had This Type of Treatment?

By June 29, 2009 - 8:12pm
 
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I just had my first ASTYM treatment and it was pretty intense and painful, has anyone else had this type of treatment? If so, did it work for you?
Thanks,
Ang

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I had 14 astym treatments so painful I would sob on the treatment table. It left my foot bruised black and blue with the therapists believing hard scraping and digging was the way. Mri done AFTER ugh... my foot had rupture of plantar fascia area huge scar tissue. I finally said listen this can’t be right and refused mire treatments. Should have never done this without mri this treatment made me lame and 300x worse than when I started I had heel pain now I have collapsed arch and have trouble standing and walk with a limp as the pain is 24/7 throbbing and burning. Weekend online course seems to be training for a tool advertised as a medical panacea contra indications should be taught and this tool should have warning labels and never used in torn areas which means get an mri before letting anyone use this tool. Also mild bruising and not severe my pt was a doctor and yet I just knew u shouldn’t scrape bruised swollen tissue why did I let common sense go out the window because doctors were incompetent

June 9, 2018 - 3:18pm
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I'm doing ASTYM for the second time, the first being four years ago, for IT band syndrome and iliopsoas tendonitis. Yes, it works, but yes, it hurts like a beast. I have one area near my knee that I can't tolerate, but am hoping that will get better. Do you take antiinflammatories? You should make a point of taking these, or other pain meds, about an hour, hour and a half before having therapy. (Retired orthopedic floor RN here).

July 30, 2017 - 9:12am
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Had my first Astym therapy treatment yesterday. It was extreme and painful. I seem to have alot of scar tissue as I just had a massive full thickness rotator cuff repair a month ago. Today I am experiencing pain, bruising, and alot of swelling in my neck and shoulder. Will keep icing! From other comments I feel confident that it will help with my mobility of my arm!

April 21, 2017 - 12:32pm
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I've had 8 ASTYM treatments for plantar fasciitis. The treatments I call "12 minutes of torture" on lower leg and foot has given some relief, but not life changing. I think it's lowered the constant pain of 7-8/10 to intermittent pain of 5-6/10. Cortisone injections helped Left foot but not right. Dealing with this is hard, but I'll do 2-4 more ASTYM treatments to see if it lowers the pain any further.

November 17, 2016 - 8:16pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have had about 10. Extremely painful!!! It has helped my tendinitis in my Achilles but my planters fasciitis absolutely no help! It. Seems close to torture' glad I'm not the only one that feels that way

May 26, 2017 - 6:15pm
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I have only had two treatment,but you hit the nail on the head it is indeed intense.Hopefully I'll see improvement with a few more treatments.

September 2, 2016 - 2:02pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Sorry, been a long while. How did your treatments go? I need my back treated again, but can not find an ASTYM Physical Therapist.

May 12, 2017 - 6:04pm
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Anonymous

I work with an excellent PT who provides Astym therapy. It is very similar to the GRASTON technique, which has been around longer (Astym uses plastic tools, while Graston uses metal tools). I think it can be helpful for chronic tendinitis, however I believe the Astym company is just a scam--they focus on marketing and require a certification that costs $5000+ with only a weekend course of education. As a patient, I don't think it hurts to try the technique, however as a healthcare provider, I would be skeptical when certifying yourself.

March 10, 2016 - 7:35pm
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As part of my physical therapy regimen after a tibial plateau fracture, I had ASTYM on my knee, lower leg, and foot. The pain was intense and caused bruises all over my calf. I had to beg the therapist to be more gentle and avoid the bruised areas (which she didn't).

Did it help? I don't see any evidence of that. I've been exercising and stretching to the best of my ability in the 4 months since my accident and have regained 100% of flexibility and most of my strength. Perhaps there was scarring that the ASTYM broke up; I don't know. I have a long scar where a metal plate was inserted and the ASTYM did not improve a section where the scar adhered to tissue below.

October 22, 2015 - 12:50pm
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Yes, I tried the aquatic stretching version of this thinking everything is less stressful in the water ~Wrong! Not only was it extremely painful, I was very sore the nexk day with shoulder and upper back pain. This, I'm assuming was from stress during the hour of pain. Afterwards, I felt my whole body was experiencing shock and my nervous system was affected. I decided to check into this miracle cure further. I was told if you don't feel relief and calm afterwards, it isn't for you. It definitely isn't for me, but that's just my system. The full body workout was just too much. Perhaps one area would not be so traumatic. I have been advised to find a good yoga therapist, which I plan to do. Good luck.

April 18, 2015 - 6:22am
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