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25 W. Lincoln Ave. Charleston, IL 61920
217-345-9600
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SASTM Method

Repetitive motion produces an imflammation process, which over time results in chronic pain.  This inflammation process also produces scar tissue, which creates muscular imbalances, resulting in decreased performance.We use specialized instruments designed to detect and treat scar tissue.  This treatment is called SASTM or Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

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Common Treatable Disgnoses Include:

Tennis Elbow 
 Golfer's Elbow
 Knee Pain
 Neck Pain
 Shoulder Pain
 Back Pain
 Shin Splints
 Ankle Sprains
 Plantar Fasciitis
 Carpal Tunnel
 Post-op Scar Tissue

 SASTM provides the following benefits:

Restores function and reduces pain where other treatments have failed.
Reduces the need for surgical intervention.
Contributes to the overall reduction of health related costs.
Allows individuals to stay on the job, and keeps athletes in action.
Provides physicians with an alternative to offer their patients.

What do you think about S.A.S.T.M.?

"Extremely helpful!  I have more movement in my back and neck due to "Heather's purple tools" (S.A.S.T.M.) and Dr. Schuster's adjustments.  My headaches are much less frequent." -- Kelli P.

"The technique was tried on my neck.  Within two visits, my turning range of motion was monumentally increased.  I particularly notice when I back up the car.  I used to have to twist my whole body, now I can actually turn my head." -- Rosemary P.

"I had severe pain in my lower neck and upper back.  I asked around and decided to go to Dr. Schuster.  Dr. Schuster and the girls did an amazing job!  My neck went from about 60% range of motion to 100% +!  I do not think my neck would have felt this great had it not been for S.A.S.T.M.  If you are affraid of S.A.S.T.M., DON'T BE! It is a phenomenal procedure!  I'd have it done very morning if I could!" -- Kyle B.

Rapid Release 

Are you suffering from Scar Tissue Adhesions?
Scar tissue forms in the body as a temporary patching mechanism for wounds caused by surgery, trauma, or repetitive stress.  Scar tissue connecting tissue not normally connected are called adhesions.  Adhesions can spread, entrapping nerves, causing pain or numbness and limiting range of motion.  Un-diagnosed pain and restricted mobility are likely to be caused by these scar tissue adhesions.

What can you do about it?
Scar Tissue TherapyTM is focused on relief of soft tissue problems caused by adhesions such as: carpel tunnel syndrome, tendonosis, muscle spasms, trapped nerves, range of motion, contractures, neuromas, back, shoulder and ankle pain, headaches, TMJ, knee problems, tennis elbow.

Scar Tissue TherapyTM targets brittle scare tissue with the shearing force of planar wave energy that passes safely through soft tissue cut is readily absorbed by scar tissue.  RRT has determined the optimum frequency that resonates with the scar tissue for maximum effectiveness.  With only a 2mm stroke, this therapy feels good and is completely safe.  More information can be found at www.rapidreleasetech.com. 

Dry Needling - Intramuscular Manual Therapy

Intramuscular manual therapy (aka., dry needling) is the insertion of a filament needle directly into or over a myofascial trigger point in order to release tension and decrease pain.  The trigger points consist of multiple contracted bands within the muscle, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.  When the needle is inserted into the trigger point, it improves blood flow and healing of the area, a well as stimulates biochemical changes.  Dry needling has been shown to produce pain releif in 87% of sites needled.  Results of intramuscular manual therapy include a decrease in subjective complaints, increased range of motion, a reduction in the need for medication, and decreased stiffness.

What conditions can be treated by dry needling?
Low back pain, Sciatic Pain, Headaches, Hip/Knee pain, Frozen Shoulder, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Tennis Elbow, Temporomandibular Disorders, Muscle Spasms, Tendinitis/Tendinosis, Fibromyalgia

Trigger Point Injections

Our office uses the expertise of Jan Baker, Nurse Practitioner for active trigger point therapy when other soft tissue techniques do not work.  Trigger points are accumulations of lactic acid often too deep in the muscles to reach with traditional manual therapy techniques.  These areas are often painful to the touch and can have a profound effect on other areas of the body and associated joints.   These areas of muscle are nutrient starved and cause the muscle to be tight, affecting the surrounding joints and causing symptoms of joint pain and stiffness as well as headaches.  A small amount of lidocaine is injected into the muscle causing an immediate relaxation and mobility improvement.  

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