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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 Jul 10, 2018 | 0 comments

Plantar Fasciitis Relief With Asytm Therapy

plantar fasciitisAstym® 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, such as what you experience when you have plantar fasciitis. 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.

In regards to plantar fasciitis, check out this amazing testimonial:

I had been suffering with plantar fasciitis in my right foot for a very long time, years off and on. Sometimes it was so bad, I could barely walk. Those first few steps in the morning were incredibly painful. I have always enjoyed working out, running and being active. I would have to give up running for months on end at times and had to adjust my routine in the gym to accommodate the pain in my foot. I had seen a podiatrist many times, used custom orthotics in my shoes daily and had cortisone shots in my heel many times. Nothing seemed to work for long.

I began taking Pilates at Back2Normal to incorporate a good stretching routine into my weekly workout schedule in an effort to help all the areas of my body that were limited from tight muscles, including my foot. There I met Lisa Chase, who owns the facility and is an amazing physical therapist. She began treating me for my plantar fasciitis and some lower back pain. Lisa introduced Astym Therapy to my therapy for several weeks. It can be uncomfortable if you are already in pain, but I noticed a difference immediately after each treatment and after several weeks, my foot is almost 100%. I still have tightness if I don’t keep up the stretching, but when I begin to feel it tightening up, I make sure to get in and break up that tissue with some Astym therapy from Lisa. It has made a marked difference in my fitness capabilities and just my daily comfort.

Carol Thornton
Back2Normal Physical Therapy,  Saint Petersburg, Florida

For more testimonials, we encourage you to check the Astym website.

In order to determine whether Astym® treatment is right for you, please give our offices a call. Mark is a certified provider and will be glad to get you back on your feet again – pain free!

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 | 0 comments

What Poor Posture Does To Your Body

Poor posture is something that everyone is guilty of. Desk workers, people looking down at their phones extended periods of time, and video gamers are just some of the culprits. Everyone is guilty. The problem is this results in neck pain, upper back pain and headaches. This is caused from maintaining poor posture too long.

For example, if you have a forward head posture, for every inch forward, add ten pounds of weight. Your upper spine and muscles have to maintain this and fight gravity. If you maintain this for too long, eventually your body will break down.

Learn more from Mark on how to avoid pain from poor posture here.

Stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day to help avoid the problems that come from poor posture. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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Posted by on May 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Ways To Change Up Your Exercise Moves

It is important to change up your exercise moves. In a next series of videos, we are going to show you how making small, subtle changes and stressing different areas of the body will help yield different results. These changes will also help you target specific muscle groups, and incorporate some ways to change up your range of motion.

For these examples, we will be focusing on how to change your step ups. You can use a step in your house, or an exercise step. We will show you how to work different parts of your body, and it will also include some variety so you keep interested in your exercises. Avoid the rut by varying it up!

Stay tuned to our series to find out how you can alternate your step up. And make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel! As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 | 0 comments

How To Start An Exercise Program If You Haven’t Exercised In A Long Time

There are a lot of articles out there that talk about how to start an exercise program if you are looking to get back to working out. But what about those people who have NEVER worked out? Or better still, what about those people that have serious physical challenges that prohibit certain movements?

In the video below, we are discussing one of our patients who is in need of some hip surgery. The doctors doing the surgery want her to lose weight, and simply sent her on her way. We see this a lot. In this particular case, she has not moved in a very long time, so the last thing she needs to do is attempt any exercise without a plan.

Very often people do too much too soon, and with poor form because they do not know any better. More often than not, they will either make things worse or give up from frustration due to pain. That is why we encourage ANYONE who has been told they need to exercise for whatever reason to come see us FIRST. We will show you what moves you should be doing, how to do them, and when to increase to something more difficult.

Watch this video and let’s all encourage Paula on her journey!

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel so you can see Mark demonstrate different types of beginning movements!

Got questions about our exercises or physical therapy? Just ask Mark by contacting our office!

 

 

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