Chances are, if you live outside of the state of Texas, you might not have heard of Airrosti.
Airrosti, as a company, has only been around since 2004. The Airrosti assessment, diagnosis, and treatment model grew from a small handful of practitioners who then formed the company. The Airrosti model itself has been around and changing for about 20 years. The initial plan was to focus efforts in Texas to build existing practices up to full books before going elsewhere.
So what exactly is Airrosti and why should you know about it? Well Airrosti is a new form of treatment for sports related injuries. The Airrosti assessment, diagnosis, and treatment model specifically addresses the connective tissue systems in the body and provides the appropriate directed manual strokes, pressures, and movements along with neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic activity in order to treat what Airrosti practitioners find.
If you’r looking for some type of comparison, then Airrosti might be compared to ‘myofascial release,’ except it is so much more than anything else out there and the therapy is performed in a completely different manner. As far as theory goes behind the Airrosti treatment, there is plenty of evidence in peer reviewed journals out there that support the idea that fascial tissue is the limiting factor in musculoskeletal injuries.
As you may or may not know, fascia has no blood supply and is avascular, therefore T1 and T2 weight images, CT scans, and X-rays cannot image fascia. Muscle and ligamental tissue are very rich with blood and as such heal very quickly, plus, they are more tensile than fascial tissue, more elastic. Airrosti aims to take this injured fascial tissue and re-align it correctly within the body to facilitate fast healing and prevention of chronic injuries. The benefits patients enjoy immediately from our treatment (which we do a functional outcome assessment at the end of every treatment) are things like increased range of motion, increased stability, increased strength, and decreased pain.
What makes Airrosti so different?
- Great Surgical Alternative for Soft Tissue Injuries
- Eliminates Unnecessary Imaging, Injections, Pharmaceuticals & Other Costly Procedures
- Quality 1-on-1 Patient Time for an Entire Hour
- Individualized Time with Provider Leads to More Accurate Diagnosis & Treatment
- Patients Return to Pain-Free Activity Usually within 3 Visits
How Can Airrosti Help?
- Detailed examination to diagnose the true injury
- Individualized 1-on-1 hands-on soft tissue therapy
- Instruction in an active rehabilitation program
- K-Tape to enhance & accelerate the recovery process
- Average number of Airrosti visits to resolve this condition – 3.7 (based on historical outcomes)
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Although Airrosti has done a great job penetrating the market and educating the public re fascia their research is scientifically flawed / inaccurate. Fascia is not nourished by blood. It's nourished by the lymphatic system. Manual manipulation of soft tissue increases C-Reactive Protien (blood marker CRP). Meaning it causes inflammation. Massage is acceptable however aggressive manual manipulation like the Airrrosti technique is not advisable. An optimally nourished immune and lymphatic system allows the body to correct itself quickly and safely with out damaging the tissue. Airrosti's technique has helped many however a technology demonstrating far more impressive patient outcomes and addresses diagnosis Airrosti cannot is eminent. Also FDM (Facial Distortion Model) created by Dr. Stephen Typoldos is the fundamental methodology behind the Airrosti technique. Dr. Typodolos passed away years ago prior to Airrosti imitating his life's work, adding a more thorough assessment valuation and slapping a "trade secret" on it. Crafty however not exactly ethical and certainly not the only manual therapy modality that can achieve the same outcomes Airrosti boasts of. The FDM manual was once available online for purchase. If you compared it to Airrosti's manual it would read word for word. Minor changes were made only to satisfy copy right infringement and avoid liability. Airrosti added an assessment / diagnosis element which isn't original. By combining Dr. Typoldo's work with their assessment philosophy they liken themselves to "Coca- Cola." If you've gotten results from Airrosti's treatment, good for you. There's no denying it's effective. Is it entirely safe? Can they make guarantee both outcomes and accurate diagnosis? Are they the most affordable solution? Can they demonstrate and guarantee their technique does not increase inflammation in the body? Not exactly. They are quite successful and have become popular especially with weekend warrior types who are seeking a "rapid recovery" to their injuries, however Airrosti is by no means an original concept as they like to claim. Very soon they will have to face a far superior technology that will render their "model" aka technique useless.
Airrosti is the most amazing physical therapy I have had. My back was jacked due to a car wreck to the point I couldn’t walk long enough to shop at the mall more than 20 minutes. After 3 weeks of airrosti, my back and I were about 90% pain free. Its incredible what my airrosti Dr did. I would suggest airrosti to anyone who wants to get better as soon as possible. I tried 4 months of physical therapy before this and had many shots in my back but nothing worked. Go to airrosti! :)
IMO if you are a runner or anyone dealing with lower leg issues, Airrosti is a fantastic technique for trying to heal the body. People who have things like plantar fasciitis might find a lot of comfort after a few sessions. Of course, what works for one person, might not work for someone else.