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Astym: The remedy for painful scar tissue or tendinopathy (tendon injuries)

Pain from scar tissue associated with trauma and surgery, or from chronic tendonitis (tendinopathy) can be a very debilitating experience. It can keep a person from moving normally and from being able to participate in recreational activities or sports. Typical treatments comprised of anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or immobilization braces can be ineffective leaving a person without hope for weeks, months, and in some cases years.

Astym (A-stim) can be the answer to these frustrating conditions. It can help to address the source of pain by replacing the diseased tissue, and restore healthier and stronger tissue leading to pain-free movement.

Astym is the evidence-based treatment for many conditions involving excessive scarring and tendon problems.

astymAstym is unique in that it is a form of regenerative rehabilitation. There are no medications or injections involved. Through the use of specialized instruments, the clinician glides over the painful area of the body stimulating the tissue to initiate a healing response.

This is a regenerative process enabling the body to produce new and healthier tissue.

Exercise is an important component of the Astym system to help guide the new tissue to re-align and strengthen resulting in improvement in mobility and reduction in pain.

Restoring pain-free movement with Astym can be the solution for these long standing and debilitating problems. Clinician who provide Astym are Astym-certified physical therapists (PT), occupational therapists (OT), and athletic trainers (ATC). For more information on Astym, and finding certified providers go to Depending on your insurance benefits, most treatments can be covered by health insurance.

By: Noel Tenoso PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, COMT Advance Sports and Spine