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Astym (IASTM): Uses, Efficacy, Research & Alternatives Treatment 

What is Astym?

ASTYM is a soft tissue mobilization technique or Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that focuses primarily on removing the scar tissue in the body and regenerate the growth of healthy tissue. ASTYM uses a series of tools to glide over the skin in order to push out, break away, and remove the scar tissue.  By breaking up the tissue their goal is to start the healing process over  (tramatizing the healthy tissue and starting the inflammation stage all over again) in hopes that the body will rebuild soft tissue properly. ASTYM treats tendinopathies, scar tissue, and soft tissue dysfunctions.

How uses Astym therapy?

The treatment can range from causing no pain to being some what uncomfortable and has the potential to leave bruising.  ASTYM certifies physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and athletic trainers.

Is Astym therapy effective?

Based on  several research studies Astym or IASTM does not provide a long-term pain reduction or improve patient quality of life.

Astym Vs ASTR

Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR)

ASTR differs in that instead of only focusing on removing scar tissue, several aspects of treatment are addressed.  Some of these aspects include fascia restriction, trigger points, muscle spasms, and more.  ASTR is a noninvasive, virtually pain free treatment that believes you should NOT start the healing process over again. Starting the healing process again does not guarantee that the injury will heal better the second time around.  Instead, by removing existing scar tissue, eliminating triggers that cause pain and inflammation, and retraining and strengthening the body can promote proper healing. ASTR’s goal is to aid the body in the healing process and work toward long-term relief.  ASTR providers evaluate and treat the source of the problem instead of only addressing the symptoms.*Information provided in the table is based upon therapist and patient interviews, information collected from the technique provider’s website, and video analysis of the treatment being performed.

ASTR IASTM/ Graston/ Gua Sha
Long-term results X
Ergonomically designed X
Pain-free treatment X
Superficial scar tissue release
Deep scar tissue release X
Myofascial release X
Trigger point release X
Decrease inflammation X
Exercise protocols X
Treatment protocols X
Biopsychosocial model X

ASTR is More Effective Than Astym

ASTR Exceptionally Different

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