A new type of soft tissue treatment called Astym®  is a manual, tool-based treatment designed to treat soft tissue dysfunctions that contribute to pain and movement restrictions.  A physical therapist uses a set of plastic tools ranging in size, and glides them over the patient’s skin along the path of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.  This treatment, in addition to a customized physical therapy program incorporating stretching, strengthening, and manual therapy, has been proven through a variety of research to decrease pain and improve function even when other methods have failed.

Because Astym® solely addresses soft tissues, it will not relieve pain associated with nerve impingement, osteoarthritis, disk involvement, or spinal degeneration.

Astym®  can commonly be used for:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Tendonitis of the foot and ankle
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Medial and lateral epicondylitis of the elbow
  • Hamstring and calf strains
  • Non-radicular low back/neck pain
  • Upper trapezius tightness/cervicogenic headaches
  • Patellar tendinopathy

MedStar Health Physical Therapy at Chevy Chase - South, MD, is located at 5454 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 401 (street level). 

To schedule an appointment to see if ASTYM is right for you, please call 301-215-4481

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To schedule an appointment to see if ASTYM is right for you, please call 301-215-4481.