Soft tissue injuries such as shin splints can impair function and prevent you from doing the things you love most. Shin splints are a common ailment that can luckily be helped with ASTYM deep tissue massage performed by a skilled physical therapist.
What are shin splints?
Shin splints are caused by microtears in the muscle, connective tissue, and bone along the front of the leg. They are common when you overwork the area or there’s a sudden increase in intensity of running, jumping, or other athletic activity. Athletes, dancers, and runners are likely all too familiar with shin splints but they can be experienced by anyone.
How can ASTYM benefit you?
ASTYM™ (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization) is one way of addressing the pain and dysfunction caused by shin splints. A form of instrument assisted deep tissue massage, ASTYM allows your therapist to identify areas of scar tissue, trigger point knots, and tissue tension and then induce your body to start a new healing response. This, along with the right kind of exercises, will remodel those areas back into flexible, strong, and well-vascularized tissue again. ASTYM is an excellent tool for stimulating healing and can also be helpful for a variety of other soft tissue conditions, including but not limited to:
- Post-Surgical Incisions / Scars
- Carpal Tunnel
- Hamstring & Quadriceps Strains
- Any other Strain of Muscle/Tendon
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Tendinitis / Tendonitis
How Treatment Works
You may experience temporary discomfort when beginning treatment with ASTYM but the long-term relief it provides is well-worth any initial discomfort. A trained professional physical therapist will be able to remove the knots and tight areas that are causing you pain so you can resume your daily activities. Treatment usually takes place over the course of several sessions, the number of which will vary depending on your case. A therapeutic effect is typically achieved with two sessions per week for 4-6 weeks. Most people can remodel their soft tissue matrix in that time frame, replacing the old unhealthy tight cells with new healthy flexible cells.
Need Deep Tissue Massage Using ASTYM to Care for Shin Splints in South King County?
Don’t let shin splints take over your life! At Advance Physical Therapy, we offer ASTYM therapy for all of our patients, to help them get back to the things they love doing most. To schedule ASTYM deep tissue massage or other physical therapy treatment, contact our team at Advance Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation today.
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