Astym stands for augmented soft tissue mobilization and it utilizes 3 different sized tools to help decrease soft tissue restrictions that may be inhibiting normal mobility.
The use of a filiform needle injected into your skin to ease trigger point muscular pain. The needle is fine, short, stainless steel called dry meaning no fluid is injected into the surface of the tissue. The focus is to restore mobility through release of muscle and connective tissue. Stimulating a trigger point with a needle helps draw normal blood supply back to flush out the area and release the tension. The injection into the skin triggers a nerve fiber to stimulate the brain to release endorphins and chemicals that in conjunction reset the autonomic nervous system.
The main difference between the two is the philosophy. The needles utilized in both are considered acupuncture needles. Traditionally acupuncture is utilized to treat the systemic system regarding various diseases. The thought is to reset and balance your chi and equilibrium. Whereas dry needling is used to treat the musculoskeletal system to combat muscle, tendon, connective tissue dysfunction, pain, strain, and inflammation caused by tightness and poor movement patterns.
Muscle weakness can occur during various different injuries. High load resistance training is often prescribed to maintain fitness, prevent injury, and obtain muscle hypertrophy. However, in the presence of injury or comorbidity oftentimes resistance training can lead to increased pain or inability to tolerate the load. Blood flow restriction is the use of low intensity exercise with blood flow occlusion through use of a band/cuff that acts as a tourniquet which then can mimic outcomes similar to high intensity training without the load. This is great for return to play athletes, post-operative, chronic pain, or conditions that limit individuals from increasing their exercise.
A combination of the use of traditional dry cupping and movement to achieve mobility in conjunction with fascial release and neuromuscular re-education following injury, or chronic dysfunction. The cup acts as a negative pressure to suction the skin as the patient performs movement in order to improve range of motion, circulation, soft tissue mobility, reduction in inflammation, and improved performance through exercise.
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