What is ASTYM?

Patient at PT Northwest undergoing ASTYM treatment on her forearm. ASTYM, a specialized soft tissue therapy, aims to alleviate pain and reduce swelling through targeted techniques applied to the affected area.

Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization

Physical therapy is a vital component in the journey towards recovery and overall well-being. Patients who seek physical therapy are often in search of symptom relief but also a manageable solution that addresses the root cause of their pain. At PT Northwest, we are committed to providing the highest quality care, and one of the advanced therapies we offer is ASTYM. ASTYM has transformed the way we approach rehabilitation, allowing patients to regain their mobility and live a pain-free life.

Understanding ASTYM

ASTYM stands for Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization, and it’s a highly effective physical therapy technique designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Unlike traditional physical therapy methods, ASTYM focuses on the soft tissues of the body, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is particularly beneficial for patients dealing with musculoskeletal issues, chronic pain, and conditions that affect their movement and flexibility.

ASTYM involves using specialized instruments that enable our physical therapists to locate and treat problem areas in the soft tissues. These instruments gently stimulate the body’s healing response, leading to the resorption of scar tissue, improved blood flow, and the regeneration of healthy tissue. This approach is non-invasive and doesn’t involve surgery or medication, making it a safe and effective option for patients of all ages. You can watch an overview of ASTYM on our Instagram page by clicking here.

What is the process like?

ASTYM treatment at PT Northwest begins with a thorough assessment by our skilled physical therapists. We take the time to understand your pain, its history, and how it affects your daily life. This comprehensive evaluation allows us to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

During an ASTYM session, your physical therapist will use the specialized instruments to identify and treat areas of soft tissue dysfunction. The instruments are gently moved over the skin in a specific manner, which initiates a healing response in the body. This response helps to break down scar tissue, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the regeneration of healthy tissue.

ASTYM treatment is not painful, and most patients find it to be a comfortable and soothing process. It may cause some mild discomfort in the beginning, but this typically subsides as the session progresses. The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual and the severity of their condition. Your physical therapist will discuss your treatment plan with you and monitor your progress to ensure you are on the path to recovery.

What are the benefits?

ASTYM offers numerous advantages for patients seeking rehabilitation and relief from pain. Some of the key benefits include:

  1. Reduced Pain: ASTYM can effectively reduce pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions. By targeting the underlying causes of pain, it provides long-lasting relief.
  2. Improved Range of Motion: Many patients experience improved flexibility and range of motion after undergoing ASTYM treatment. This is especially important for athletes and individuals who need to regain their full mobility.
  3. Faster Healing: ASTYM stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, which can speed up recovery. This is particularly valuable for patients who want to return to their regular activities as soon as possible.
  4. Non-Invasive: Unlike surgery, ASTYM is non-invasive and doesn’t require the use of medications, making it a safe and natural approach to healing.
  5. Customized Treatment: Each ASTYM treatment plan is customized to meet the specific needs of the patient. This ensures that the therapy addresses their unique condition and symptoms.

Realizing Your Recovery

At PT Northwest, our commitment to providing the best care for our patients drives us to continuously seek out innovative and effective treatments. ASTYM is one such treatment that has delivered outstanding results for our patients seeking relief from musculoskeletal issues, chronic pain, and other conditions that affect their daily lives.

If you’re on a journey towards healing and pain relief, consider ASTYM at PT Northwest. Our team of dedicated and skilled physical therapists is here to guide you, ensuring that you regain your mobility, live a pain-free life, and experience optimal healing. Don’t let pain and discomfort hold you back; take the first step towards recovery and well-being with ASTYM at PT Northwest. Your path to a pain-free future starts here.