What is ASTYM?

ASTYM is a therapy approach that focuses on scarring, degeneration, and fibrosis that can develop in the body’s soft tissues from a variety of causes such as trauma, overuse, or surgery. ASTYM uses instruments along the skin and soft tissues to find the problem areas and stimulate the healing process.

How ASTYM Works

ASTYM stimulates the body’s natural healing process by disrupting abnormal scar tissue which is present due to either an acute or chronic injury such as tendon degeneration. The body’s healing process sends new connective tissue, called collagen, to replace the dysfunctional tissue with good quality, healthy tissue. After ASTYM treatment, your physical therapist will provide you with a stretching and/or strengthening program designed specifically to encourage the involved area to heal correctly. Your therapist will also ask you to stay as active as possible while undergoing ASTYM treatment to further strengthen the new connective tissue that the body is generating.


ASTYM treatment development was guided by Thomas L Sevier, MD, who supervised the clinical, scientific, and outcomes research. The ASTYM system is an evidence-based treatment option for many orthopedic pathologies. Research has found the ASTYM system to be valuable in the treatment of patellar tendonosis, ankle pain, elbow pain, total knee replacement, carpal tunnel syndrome, fracture, and a variety of other diagnoses.

Clinically, our ASTYM certified therapists at Mountain River Physical Therapy have found significant gains in symptoms and functioning in patients with post-surgical scarring, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, hip pain, spine pain, shoulder pain, and elbow pain. Examples of such success stories include a patient returning to running in just 2 treatments after an acute calf strain, a patient after a total knee replacement showing immediate gains in motion after a single treatment with ASTYM, and a three-year-old child having major gains in flexibility and more normal walking after the ASTYM treatment. The list of successes could go on and on, and more importantly it could include you.

Free Screen on Us

We offer complimentary screens at all Mountain River PT locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Our Therapists are Certified in ASTYM

Therapists undergo intensive sessions of continuing education and successful completion of both written and practical examinations to become certified ASTYM therapists. Focus of those courses is on appropriate application using the specially designed instruments to identify dysfunctional areas and then treat them successfully.

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Hear what other Mountain River patients have to say.

Her physical therapist took the time to explain how her home exercises would help during therapy and after. “I have continued using the exercises even though I have finished with my therapy.” She was happy with her therapy and everyone involved. Really excited that the exercises continue to help her with her arthritis.

five stars RE: Mary S. Mountain River Patient

Thanks so much for everything you have done for me. You have a very professional staff in a laid back atmosphere. You all worked me hard and still cared for my well being. To Ed & Melody, thank you for making me feel as if I was your only patient. You guys are great! Thanks…

five stars Mike B. Mountain River Patient

I just wanted to thank you again for getting to the root of my knee pain so quickly and finding the remedy that took my ugly limp away. With the limp I looked like an old sixty-one, now I will be able to chase down anyone within ten years of my age. I took a…

five stars Dan H. Mountain River Patient

I am extremely satisfied with the care and treatment that Justin, his assistant Jeff, and all the other great people at Mountain River Physical Therapy (gave me). They are knowledgeable, kind, and encouraging. When you allow them to treat you back to full health, you will not be disappointed.

five stars Nick M. Mountain River Patient

… I recently used your facility for recovery from surgery on my spine. I think because of the great people there and their ability to really help and care for the patient’s needs, I was able to recover faster than normal.

five stars Kevin S. Mountain River Patient

Last week I was in Biloxi & Pascagoula, MS with other Wood County Habitat for Humanity folks putting new houses together… No major back or leg problems. An entire year has gone by without my needing your attention/care. I can now go up 2 flights of stairs without needing the railing.

five stars Kay H. Mountain River Patient

I have done physical therapy a few times and I have never ever worked with such wonderful and kind people as you.

five stars Linda S. Mountain River Patient

I can honesty say your staff and their buoyant attitudes made going to physical therapy an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I commend their professionalism and dedication to their patients.

five stars Richard D. Mountain River Patient

You just can not imagine how much I appreciate you and your wisdom! If you had not found my torn patella tendon, I’d still be falling and the problem would have never been fixed!

five stars Issie D. Mountain River Patient

Your smile and laughter kept my spirits high… while your expertise helped me get back on my feet. You have my thanks and gratitude for all the time you spent assisting my recovery.

five stars Sue W. Mountain River Patient

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