ASTYM In South Pasadena

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ASTYM Therapy in South Pasadena

If pain or injuries from soft tissue damage have made it difficult to live your life to the fullest, ASTYM therapy at Purpose Physical Therapy in South Pasadena can help speed healing, enhance recovery, and restore comfort. This advanced rehabilitation technique supports the body’s natural healing abilities to alleviate common orthopedic concerns like plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, arthritis, and surgical scarring.

Unlike massage which works mainly on the skin and muscle layers, ASTYM therapy uses specialized instruments to gently stimulate tissues at a deeper level. This kickstarts regenerative cellular activity to break down restrictive scar tissue while promoting the development of normal, healthy tissue. As a result, the range of motion improves dramatically while pain and inflammation are calmed.

How Does ASTYM work?

ASTYM treatment utilizes specialized instruments and techniques to initiate the body’s natural healing response at a cellular level. The instruments have rounded edges that the therapist uses to gently glide across the skin, targeting affected tissues in the body. This pressure and microtrauma stimulate regeneration and remodeling processes. Specifically, the stimulation sparks an increase in inflammatory cells, growth factors, fibroblasts, and stem cells in that localized area. These help dissolve restrictive scar tissue while laying down healthy new collagen for tissue repair. It also improves the elasticity of muscle and connective tissues.

As the inflammation resolves, blood flow increases, bringing nutrients that supply the building blocks for tissue regeneration. The fibroblasts produce collagen to strengthen and reinforce the damaged structures. Stem cells aid in restoring normal anatomical makeup and function.

The result is a remodeling of damaged tissue into properly aligned and more flexible soft tissues. This means restored mobility, less pain, better joint function, and improved ability to return to daily and recreational activities without limitations imposed by injuries or post-surgical scar tissue.

The number of ASTYM sessions required depends on the extent of injury and scarring, but typically treatments occur 1-2 times per week. Improvements accumulate with each successive session.

Who Can Benefit from ASTYM in South Pasadena?

The innovative ASTYM technique is safe and effective for a wide range of orthopedic conditions in patients of all ages. It’s an ideal treatment option if you suffer from:

  • Chronic injuries affecting tendons, ligaments, fascia
  • Post-surgical scar tissue
  • Joint stiffness and restricted mobility
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pain hindering daily activities or sports performance

This non-invasive therapy also serves as a healing boost before or after surgery. Facilitating tissue repair pre-operation can improve outcomes. Post-surgery, it breaks down internal scarring to support quicker recovery.

I found Purpose after a recommendation by my chiropractor after I mentioned I was having some pelvic floor issues. They were quickly able to get me in and I had a great initial appointment with Sarah. I’ve been working with Sarah for the last month and a half and have had a great experience. I’ve also been working with her on some orthopedic issues and I have been so impressed with cast her knowledge of different exercises and strengthening tools as well as the different modalities they use for treatment. Communication at this practice is very efficient and I truly feel like they take the patient relationship very seriously. I cannot recommend them more!

Alyssa Anthony

I have never been one for Physical Therapy until I met Dr. Ken. I am an avid athlete and hit the gym regularly. I went from having very limited mobility in my shoulder from a previous injury and poor form in the gym, to making a complete recovery and gaining my mobility and strength back with ZERO pain! He truly understands how the body functions and how to properly help you help yourself. I would 100% recommend Purpose Physical Therapy and Dr. Ken to anyone who is looking to regain their mobility and strength and start making those gains in the gym again!

Colin McGee

Enhance Healing, Reduce Pain, Regain Mobility

The specialized instruments used in ASTYM therapy gently glide over the skin, targeting tissues at varied depths. This stimulates a localized inflammatory response which sparks increased blood flow, cellular regeneration, and collagen production. Patients can expect to enjoy these key benefits:

  • Enhanced Healing: ASTYM boosts the body’s restorative functions, rebuilding stronger, healthier connective tissues. This facilitates injury recovery and helps resolve chronic issues.
  • Pain Reduction: As scar tissue breaks down and new flexible tissues develop discomfort is alleviated. Many patients experience significant, lasting pain relief.
  • Improved Mobility: Restrictive, inflexible scar tissue is replaced with properly aligned tissues that allow for an increased range of motion and ease of movement. This makes normal daily activities easier.
  • Non-Invasive Approach: This is not a surgical or invasive treatment. With no downtime required, patients can quickly resume regular activities with minimal side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you better understand how ASTYM treatment works, here are answers to some common questions:

What’s the difference between massage and Astym therapy?
While massage works primarily on superficial skin and muscle tissues, ASTYM targets deeper connective tissue layers using specialized instruments. This stimulates regeneration at a cellular level to heal damage.

Is ASTYM painful?
Most patients do not find ASTYM to be painful. They may experience some mild discomfort as scar tissue breaks down. Your therapist will adjust pressure as needed to maintain your comfort.

How often do you need ASTYM treatment?
Every patient’s needs are different. Your customized treatment plan will determine the number and frequency of sessions required based on your condition and goals. Generally, 6-8 sessions are common.

About The Author

Ken Clark, a physical therapist & co-founder specializing in physical therapy, puts patients at the forefront of their care. With years of experience, they guide individuals toward achieving their best selves. At Purpose Physical Therapy in South Pasadena, Ken Clark crafts individualized plans using cutting-edge techniques, empowering patients to overcome limitations and thrive.

Your ASTYM Providers at Purpose Physical Therapy in South Pasadena

Our experienced physical therapists have advanced certification in ASTYM therapy. Kenneth Clark, takes great pride in helping patients heal, regain abilities, and return to fulfilling lives free of injury-related limitations. Please reach out if you have any questions or want to book an appointment!