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ASTYM / ISTYM Technique

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ASTYM treatment is a noninvasive therapeutic approach that focuses on activating the regenerative mechanisms of the body to resorb problematic scar tissue and stimulate healing of soft tissues. ASTYM therapy provides solutions for all kinds of soft tissue problems, even hard-to-treat conditions that have not been resolved through other methods in the past.

ASTYM therapy is a favorite solution for physically active people including:

  • Runners
  • Golfers
  • Professional Athletes
  • Tennis Players
  • Military
  • Triathletes
  • Overhead Athletes

ASTYM Therapy can help resolve the following conditions:

  •  Pain
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Major Trauma to Soft Tissues
  • Heel Pain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Lack of Mobility
  • Surgical Scarring/Restricted Motion
  • Tennis elbow


  • Safe and effective
  • Works quickly
  • Active recovery
  • No surgery or pharmaceuticals
  • Non-invasive
  • Fixes underlying cause
  • Backed by research
  • Thousands of satisfied patients

Graston Technique® (GT) is successful in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute, or post surgical. GT can help you enjoy life again. The unique technique and instruments enable physical therapists, to address scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation and to administer effective range of motion maintenance programs. The non-invasive technique uses specially designed stainless-steel instruments to help the clinician identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

GT allows a clinician to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change, yet be sensitive to patient pain and tolerance. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain. It will help transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

While clinicians have choices in the marketplace, a GT-trained clinician has made a career investment in the best soft-tissue mobilization technique available. GT's commitment to very high educational standards ensures you will receive the best treatment possible.

Graston Technique® can help with the following:

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

Obviously, treating a soft-tissue injury can, at times, be uncomfortable. However, the use of GT instruments allows the clinician to better administer the level of pressure applied. While bruising is not the intent, soreness can occur during treatment. GT clinicians are trained to recognize these symptoms and adjust treatment intensity to minimize their occurrence, while realizing the benefits of the technique.

GT does not need to be considered "painful" to be effective. Please inform your clinician if you are experiencing discomfort anytime during treatment. Patients usually receive two treatments per week during a four-to-five week period. Most patients have a positive response by the third to fourth treatment.

Graston Technique® is accepted nationwide by elite athletes and everyday patients, as one of the most effective treatments for rehabilitation and range of motion maintenance, especially when combined with other treatment modalities such as exercise.