It really works! And I've given it some tough challenges. Most of my patients are symptom-free with full activity tolerance after six weeks of Astym® treatment.
Douglas Greeson, MD
How Astym® Treatment Works
Astym® treatment was scientifically developed to target the true underlying cause of many soft tissue problems: degeneration and inappropriate scarring/fibrosis that interferes with movement and causes pain. One of the factors that guided the scientific research and development of Astym® treatment was medical science's recent discovery that tendinopathy is primarily
degenerative in nature and only rarely has a component of inflammation.
Generally, treatments of tendinopathy either focus on reducing inflammation or simply breaking apart restrictive tissue, and those treatments have been unreliable at best. In light of the recent evidence indicating that degeneration is the underlying cause of tendinopathy, the Astym® research team conducted its own basic science investigations with a focus on developing protocols to stimulate the regeneration of healthy tissue. This scientific research, coupled with clinical research, resulted in Astym® protocols that stimulate regeneration and remove or reduce problematic scar tissue. Not only does the Astym® process demonstrate great success as a first-choice treatment, it routinely demonstrates success after other treatment modalities have failed. Patient compliance is high for several reasons, including the fact that, unlike other treatments, patients are encouraged to stay active in their work, sport or daily activities throughout treatment.
In addition to the published, peer-reviewed, scientific and clinical research on Astym® treatment, perhaps one of the largest case series ever conducted is contained in the independent Astym Analyst™. Clinicians from all across the country independently enter data to create a national bank of outcomes data on Astym® treatment, which shows the resolution percentage for each diagnosis. Not only does this provide a good real-world evidence base for Astym treatment, it also gives patients and health care providers valuable benchmark data, so they know how many treatments it should take to resolve a certain condition. Please visit our research page to view publications and specific outcome data on Astym® treatment.
Astym® treatment non-invasively activates a regenerative response throughout dysfunctional soft tissues by inducing dysfunctional capillary exudation, local fibroblast activation, macrophage mediated phagocytosis (microdebridement) and release of growth factors that result in additional fibroblast recruitment. In addition to this release of humoral mediators and growth factors, the Astym® process detects and eliminates or reduces inappropriate fibrosis that may be causing irritation or restrictions in movement. Treatment includes customized exercises and stresses on the collagen remodeling to adapt the tissues so they become stronger and more functional, which reduces the risk of re-injury.
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