Carolina Vania, OTD, OTR/L

Carolina Vania, OTD, OTR/L

Question: Within the last month I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and my doctor recommended I try ASTYM as a treatment
approach in therapy before considering a cortisone shot. What is ASTYM and how does it work?

Answer: ASTYM stands for Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization. It is a technique that utilizes instruments to stimulate muscle groups/limbs by applying pressure when massaging. This pressure promotes healing of the underlying tissues by cleaning out any excessive/disorganized tissue (scar tissue) which could be
causing the pain symptoms. An occupational therapist/physical therapist certified in ASTYM can help with this diagnosis as well as formulating a comprehensive home exercise program for pain management, strengthening and stretching. ASTYM is also useful for treating other diagnoses such as: post-surgical scarring, wrist sprains, medial/lateral epicondylitis, shoulder pain, and trigger finger to name a few. For additional information, please contact Carolina at STARS at 367-3315.

Carolina Vania, OTD, OTR/L