ASTYM is a tool assisted manual therapy technique to help resolve chronic problems. Conditions such as tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and headaches respond well. It is designed to stimulate the body's natural healing response, thus getting at the underlying problem.
When combined with the proper strengthening and stretching, ASTYM can be the key to resolving these chronic problems.
Using pressure with these tool helps stimulate the body's healing response. It can help to mechanically break up tissue, but the main purpose is stimulation. Increased blood flow and decreased tension help to reduce pain.