What is Astym treatment? This remarkable procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments using special tools. In the healing process, our body attempts to repair problem areas by creating “scar tissue”, much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. The body naturally lays down 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:
- Injuries- such as trauma caused by a motor vehicle accident
- Surgeries- all surgeries will stimulate the body to lay down scar tissue to heal
- Intense or over use of soft tissue- such as sports, repetitive work, activity beyond your fitness
In time, we can have a buildup of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue. In some areas it may even mat down and entrap nerves.
Generally, chronic soft tissue problems are due to scarring or degeneration. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues, disease, etc. The body’s soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs, and over time the tissues degrade.
Astym treatment works to both regenerate tissues and eliminate or reduce internal scar tissue. By eliminating the cause of your problems, your symptoms resolve. For more information on ASTYM visit the link below.