Saturday, October 21, 2017

ASTYM - Better than Foam Rolling?

What Is ASTYM Treatment?

Meghan Taff is not your everyday Physical Therapist. Not only is she an incredibly talented endurance athlete, but she is also certified in FMS/SFMA, MPT, CSCS, MFD, Kinesiology Taping and ASTYM. Today we discuss ASTYM, a treatment that Revolutions in Fitness uses in their clinic using Graston and non Graston tools to help break up scars and help get glued tissues unstuck from one another. 

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. ASTYM treatment is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, scar tissue problems, and other soft tissue dysfunctions. Doctors regularly prescribe ASTYM treatment specifically for their patients, and elite athletes and knowledgeable patients seek out ASTYM  treatment for superior results. When your health and ability to stay active is at stake, only the best will do.
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. Most chronic tendinopathies are primarily degenerative in nature.
Scarring can happen on top of the skin, but often the biggest problems come from scar tissue that forms inside the body around joints, muscles, tendons and/or ligaments. The body naturally lays down some scar tissue in response to irritation or injury. The fibrous, strong scar tissue is meant to reinforce an area, but often it ends up restricting movement and causing pain. The causes of problem scar tissue can be injury (such as a sprained ankle, car accident, etc.), a surgery (good surgery can be done, but the body's response with scar tissue can prevent a full recovery), intense or over use of soft tissues (such as sports, repetitive work, activity beyond your fitness level, etc.), sprains or other strains on soft tissues.

Give up your foam roller for ASTYM

The below research points to the benefits of ASTYM over foam rolling and the acute effects of both practices:
Good news: ASTYM treatment works both to regenerate tissues and eliminate or reduce internal scar tissue. By eliminating the cause of your problems, your symptoms will resolve.
In order to determine whether ASTYM treatment is right for you, schedule your appointment with Meghan today: Phone: (650) 260 4743  Email:

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