Thursday, February 18, 2016

Versailles Health Care Center offers Sound-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)

L to R: PTA Jennifer Everman, PT Stephanie Goubeaux,
COTA Cindy Bowers, and PT Stephen Winner.
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center offers sound-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (SASTM), which is an amazing soft tissue therapy technique. Physical therapists, Dr. Stephen Winner and Stephanie Goubeaux, along with Physical Therapy Assistant, Jennifer Everman, and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cindy Bowers, are certified in SASTM. The SASTM method is used by the NFL, NBA, MLB, Cirque du Soleil, USA Olympics and Track and Field, NIKE Training Center, and university athletic training programs. By doing the same SASTM method, VHCC patients receive similar outcomes as professional and amateur athletes.

SASTM, a research-based method developed by David Graston, is a form of soft tissue mobilization, which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The SASTM method allows the clinician to detect scar tissue and treat it in an alternate manner utilizing a variety of ceramic-polymer based tools, as opposed to using hands alone. The instruments used also provide the clinician with a mechanical advantage and are also sensitive to subtle restrictions in the tissue. SASTM has proven to have highly effective results as it provides an innovative method to expedite the restoration and recovery of patients to full, functional lives.

Based on the “Gua Sha” technique used in Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years, SASTM assists in cross-fiber massage. This is used to find and break down areas exhibiting soft-tissue fibrosis or constant inflammation. The micro trauma inflicted through the instrument initiates a healing flow, and then ice and stretching are used to help control pain, remodel tissue and restore function.

Soft tissue mobilization has been used to treat a number of diagnoses. SASTM has most effectively been used in the restoration of function and the reduction of pain. Below is a list of diagnoses SASTM can help to treat:

Achilles Tendonitis (Heel Pain)
Ankle Strains/Sprains (Medial/Lateral)
Bicep Tendonitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Pain (Neck)
DeQuervain’s Syndrome (Gamer’s thumb)
Frozen Shoulder
Groin Pulls
Hammer Toe
Hamstring Injuries
Hip Replacements
Joint Contractures
Knee Replacements
Knee Sprains
Lumbar/Sacral Pain (Low Back)
Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis
Morton’s Neuroma
Musculoskeletal Imbalances
Patellar Tendonitis (Anterior Knee Pain)
Quadriceps Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
Shin Splints
Sacral Iliac Pain (Low Back)
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Thoracic Pain (Mid Back)
Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis
Trigger Finger
Turf Toe

A recent Versailles Health Care Center Outpatient Patient was thrilled with her outcome utilizing the SASTM method. “A few years ago I had surgery on my right foot for a neuroma and since then, it’s been nothing but a mess. When I developed a neuroma on my left foot, I opted for no surgery and instead sought treatment at VHCC. My therapist used the SASTM method and I had great results with no need for surgery!”

If you are interested in learning more about the SASTM method offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, contact Dr. Stephen Winner at 937.526.0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 13 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Other specialty programs offered are Cardiac, Orthopedic – Pre & Postsurgical, Pulmonary, Pain Management, Urinary Incontinence, Stroke Recovery, Vestibular-Balance/Falls, Parkinson’s, Sports Medicine, Hand/Wrist, Shoulder, Traction, Manual Therapy, and much more.

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