ASTYM Therapy in Utah

ASTYM Therapy – Rock Run Physical Therapy

Many people are unaware of ASTYM therapy. This form of treatment was developed by Dr Patrick David Bradford while he was doing postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2000. In this blog post, we will explore ASTYM Therapy and look at some pros and cons associated with it.

What is ASTYM Therapy?

ASTYM Therapy stands for Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization. This is a form of treatment that involves manual manipulation to help with soft tissue dysfunctions, and it was developed by an osteopath in the 1930s. ASTYM therapy is often used as part of rehabilitative efforts because it can be beneficial when dealing with inflammation or pain due to muscle strain or injury sustained from overuse.

ASTYM Therapy has been shown to provide temporary relief through:

  • reducing swelling
  • relieving pressure on joints
  • increasing range of motion (ROM)
  • promoting healing responses at the cellular level
  • decreased pain

One study found that ASTYM therapy may reduce acute and chronic neck pain more quickly than other treatments such as stretching exercises without hands-on contact during rehabilitation, which can result in a quicker return to normal activities.

ASTYM therapy can be helpful during recovery from soft tissue injuries, soft tissue dysfunctions, and post-surgical rehabilitation, but it is not as effective for more serious muscle damage or neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease due to the fact that ASTYM Therapy doesn’t directly affect affected tissues in those cases.

What is ASTYM therapy used for?

ASTYM therapy is a hands-on treatment that stimulates the central nervous system to help decrease pain. ASTYM Therapy may reduce acute and chronic neck pain more quickly than other treatments such as stretching exercises without hands-on contact during rehabilitation, which can result in a quicker return to normal activities. The therapist uses applied pressure or strokes along the spine and limbs while simultaneously applying traction force over joints, using their thumbs on soft tissue areas like muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are strained by injury or disease processes.

Is ASTYM treatment painful?

ASTYM treatment is not painful, but it may feel strange or uncomfortable at first.

ASTYM therapy will provide a sense of relief after treatment and you should be able to resume your normal activities after just one visit with the therapist. ~~~

An ASTYM Therapy session is typically 30-60 minutes long depending on the diagnosis and severity of pain being treated. There are many benefits from this specific therapy including decreased muscle tension; increased range of motion in joints; decreased inflammation; decrease symptoms associated with postural imbalance like headaches, migraines, chronic neck pain, shoulder/back/neck stiffness, and more!

ASTYM Therapy is performed with the patient lying on a table. The therapist will use a system of straps and pulleys to stretch your muscles gently but firmly, which creates stimuli that can help decrease pain in the area being treated.

What is ASTYM used for in physical therapy?

Physical therapists utilize ASTYM Therapy to relieve pain and increase mobility in the patient. ASTYM is a therapy that uses gentle stretch with soft tissue manipulation, which may decrease muscle tension, inflammation, and other symptoms of postural imbalance like headaches, migraines, chronic neck or shoulder pain.

ASTYM can be performed on a table where there are straps used for stretching muscles gently but firmly from various angles depending on the diagnosis. This technique stimulates sensory receptors that help alleviate discomfort due to prolonged periods without movement or sitting at an awkward angle as well as relieve stiffness caused by overuse of certain joints.

Physical therapists will perform ASTYM Therapy during treatment sessions lasting 30-60 minutes long depending on the severity of discomforts being treated; it’s

ASTYM treatment precautions

Some of the precautions associated with ASTYM therapy are :

– Avoiding ASTYM therapy if you have a history of seizures.

– Only using ASTYM therapy with the supervision of a physical therapist or medical professional in order to avoid serious complications related to muscle tearing and injury.

If these precautions are ignored, they can result in:

– Serious orthopedic injury requiring surgery.

– Damage to organs caused by lack of blood flow due to improper use of ASTYM technique during astym treatment sessions.

ASTYM treatment for problematic scar tissue injuries

ASTYM treatment is a manual therapy technique that breaks down scar tissue and loosens the muscles or tendons around affected areas.

It’s done by applying pressure to tight, stiff joints in specific patterns over time while also stretching. This may include cross-fiber friction and other techniques like massage which break down muscle adhesions and decrease local inflammation.

The therapist will use their fingers, thumbs, palms of hands, or elbows on their skin for this type of treatment. They can do it with their hand through clothing if needed since you don’t directly touch each other during this treatment process.

Is Astym treatment covered by insurance?

ASTYM treatment is covered by most insurance carriers. The out-of-pocket cost is typical $35-$45 per session depending on the type of insurance plan you have.

What ASTYM Tools Look Like

An Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization Tool is a device that can be used to provide active release by stretching, compressing, and shearing tissues to get them in the proper position for healing.

ASTYM tools are made of durable metal or plastic with inserts designed specifically for your unique pain pattern. These specialized instruments gently stretch and compress muscles and connective tissue fibers giving relief from chronic muscle soreness, stiffness, adhesions (scarring), inflammation, reduced mobility caused by injury or surgery as well as other biomechanical disorders. The ASTYM tool consists of an “active” handle end connected to a long shaft which has various attachments at one end through which it passes on its way up the shaft:

– A knobbed insert with a rounded tip

– A D handle for compressing the tissue

– An L shaped insert for applying a shear force to a muscle

The ASTYM Therapy Pro Kit includes six active tools and four passive tools. It is designed specifically for an individual who has chronic pain or limited mobility from injury or surgery but can also be used on healthy individuals to improve performance and decrease the risk of injuries.

In Conclusion

ASTYM treatment is an affordable, alternative treatment for soft tissue pain relief and recovery. To get started with ASTYM Therapy, call now to schedule your initial evaluation. If you are interested in learning more about how the science of ASTYM treatment can help heal neck or back pain without surgery, contact us today! We’re here anytime to answer any questions you may have before making a decision on whether this therapy will work for you. ASTYM Therapy is offered at each of Rock Run Therapy’s Three Locations – Layton Physical Therapy, Syracuse Physical Therapy, and Roy Physical Therapy.


About The Company

Rock Run Physical Therapy is a physical therapy practice that specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation and sports medicine. The company has three locations in Layton, Roy, and Syracuse where they provide quality care to patients with neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain syndromes such as arthritis or herniated discs, post-surgical recovery, weight loss surgery (gastric bypass), pregnancy-related problems and more. Rock Run Physical Therapy is one of the most trusted providers by readers of the Daily Herald for its services.

About The Author

Brandon Hepner is a licensed physical therapist and the owner and operator of Rock Run Physical Therapy. He has been working in the field for over ten years, providing various treatments to patients with pain or injuries. Brandon specializes in manual therapy techniques to help restore function and alleviate symptoms.

In his free time, he likes to work on side projects related to physical therapy like articles and blog posts about recovery strategies that can be used at home after an injury or surgery.

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When I first came in to Rock Run I had so much pain in my left shoulder I couldn’t sleep. At the end of my therapy I sleep without pain, and the pain in my shoulder is significantly less with my day-to-day activities. I worked in physical therapy previously so I had very high expectations. Rock Run exceeded all my expectations! The staff are amazing! I would highly recommend Rock Run for Physical Therapy needs.

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— Michael M., Posted July 23, 2021

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Jerrin was very instrumental in my quick recovery. He gave both Johnny and I exercises to do at home that were helpful.
I would highly recommend Rock Run to anyone I need of physical therapy.

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— Johnny & Diane H., Posted July 22, 2021

The people here are the best. They really make you work so you can become better at doing things. I can do things now that doesn’t hurt like it use to. I will come back if I need PT again.

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Luella K 2021

— Luella K., Posted July 21, 2021

Best experience I have had with Physical Therapy. Great balance of pain control and progress. I limped in the first time and could jog out today! With a little more work I’ll be running soon!

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  • Sarah R.
— Sarah R., Posted July 19, 2021

It has been so many years since I have been able to do any physical activity that I lost hope in the physical therapy. Since starting my treatment with Rock Run I have gained mobility, confidence, as well as my life back. Thank you for giving me back my freedom!

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Kayla L. 2021

— Kayla L., Posted July 15, 2021

I was skeptical at first but my improvement changed my mind. The diagnoses and treatments were spot on. They teach you how to heal yourself. Stick to regiment and you will see results. I enjoyed the staff and our conversations. Truly a great experience.

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  • Bryan B.
— Bryan B., Posted July 14, 2021

I remember I was very hesitant with going to therapy. My fiancé and my co workers all told me for a year I should and at least give it a try. As the pain got worse, I gave in. Even though the pain is still not gone fully, I was not disappointed. Everyone worked very hard to help with the pain and I felt like they actually cared, which they did. We did multiple things and exercises for multiple pains in my body. I felt like I made friends while here. They cared about my interests, my job and life. Always asked about how my book was going and about my wedding. With all their patients, I enjoyed that they took the time to learn my name and all about me. I definitely do not regret my decision on going to Rock Run.

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Makayla W. 2021

— Makayla W., Posted July 12, 2021

This is the best place ever for physical therapy! Everyone is so curious and knowledgeable. The exercises given are what you need. I do not want to ever go anywhere else. I have developed a great rapport with this group.

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Ginny R. 2021

— Ginny R., Posted July 9, 2021

I came in with a broken neck (C2) in which my mobility was really bad. With the PT I have been able to go from immobility to being able to do what I feel comfortable trying and sometimes I’m successful. Can play a round of golf and not be afraid of hurting myself again. Truly never thought I could do the things I am doing now. Truly amazing thank you so much

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Troy G. 2021

— Troy G., Posted July 8, 2021

This is my second total knee replacement. And both experiences exceeded my expectations! I am able to go up and down stairs better now than I have been able to in several years. I can walk without limping for the first time also. I recommend Rock Run PT to everyone and I am grateful that they are so close to my work and home. Everyone is very professional and they are fun to work with. Thanks for treating me like a “VIP”!

5 Stars

Clive I. 2021

— Clive I., Posted July 7, 2021

My therapy at Rock Run has been very beneficial as I have improved my stability, range of motion, and balance. I have had 2 total knee replacements in the last eleven months. I feel so much better as I do my daily activities and I’ve increased my ability to walk, stand, and do household duties. I appreciate the staff at Rock Run for their dedicated and professional care.

5 Stars

Jessie B. 2021



— Jessie B., Posted July 3, 2021

They’ve done a great job. Always greeted with a smile. Fun to talk to. Always happy to help me through the paces. Conveniently located except when the wind blows the wrong way… PU dump!

I can walk without a walker and get to where I want to go. Thought the scraping was very beneficial. Thanks for helping me through the recovery process. Thank you for the encouragement and smiles.

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  • Steve G.
— Steve G., Posted July 1, 2021

My experience at Rock Run has been great. The folks I have worked with have been wonderful. They have pushed me into being comfortable with walking, stairs, standing and balance. Which I have had trouble with doing post-surgery. I now feel confident doing all those things. This has been wonderful and very friendly. I truly have enjoyed doing the work and even the hard things have improved. Thanks to all of you for the smiles and friendship, you guys are great!!!

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Susan F. 2021

— Susan F., Posted June 25, 2021

I came in due to my right shoulder weakness after an injury 8 months before. Within 6 weeks, I was back to normal function. The stagg was aweseome no matter who I had for the session. I would highly recommened to anyone to come here for rehab after an injury of any kind.

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Bonnie B 2021


— Bonnie B., Posted June 20, 2021

I came into Rock Run with 2 herniated disks. I had very limited motion and couldn’t sleep through the night. The team at rock run was excellent. In only a couple of visits, I saw significant improvement. They do a great job and I would fully recommend them.

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Dan B. 2021

— Dan B., Posted June 19, 2021

I love these guys. I broke my tibia, fibula and ankle and started at Rock Run before I could even put any pressure on that leg and I’m now walking 13 weeks later. I probably still have another month to go but it seems like a miracle to me. They listen to me and adjust the program according to the things I need the most. They are always encouraging and kind and easy to work with. I hope to never need them again but if I did I wouldn’t hesitate to return to Rock Run Physical Therapy.

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  • Pete B.  2021
— Pete B., Posted June 18, 2021

My visits were so good and it helped! My shoulder was so stiff when I started, and I couldn’t move it. Now I can move it all around and it doesn’t hurt anymore. The ladies are so good and nice here. I will come back if I need to.

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Robin. S 2021

— Robin S., Posted June 17, 2021

I felt well taken care of. All of my concerns were discussed and addressed fully. Everyone is so knowledgeable and personable. Thank you!

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Stephanie J. 2021

— Stephanie J., Posted June 16, 2021

I had a great experience. The attention I got was beyond expectation. I have been to other PT clinics and I never got as much attention as I did here. I enjoyed coming in for PT every week. I learned a lot of new exercises and I have a new outlook on my shoulder rehab. I never thought I would be able to get back to where I was pre injury but now I know I can thanks to the knowledge and patience of the members of Rock Run. I have recommended this place to others and I will continue to recommend Rock Run. Thank you to all the people here.

5 Stars                                      Mark S. 2021

— Mark S., Posted June 3, 2021

Jerrin and Alec were great helping me with exercise and stretches to help me gain better strength in my core and hip and improve my hip and leg mobility. I had great difficulty walking after sitting for a long care ride and now I can do it without the weakness and pain that I previously experienced. It was all a good experience for me.

-Maxine P.

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— Maxine P., Posted May 31, 2021

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