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Student research on the Astym soft tissue therapy to be featured at annual forum

Washburn University student Jessica Peschel, of Axtell, will join fellow students in the presentation of a group research poster, "Using Astym to Reduce Healthcare Costs Associated with Plantar Fasciitis," at The Washburn Apeiron: A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 18.

In the research abstract, she noted: "The lack of a standardized treatment protocol for plantar fasciitis may prolong the patient's recovery. The use of Astym, a soft tissue mobilization technique, along with eccentric exercises in the treatment of achilles tendinopathy was found to heal the condition in less time than normally observed (DiGiovanni, Nawoczenski, Malay, Graci, et al., 2006; What is Astym? 2012). It can be speculated that a decrease in rehabilitation time and healthcare costs for treating plantar fasciitis could be accomplished with a standardized treatment protocol using Astym. Additionally, standardization of treatment protocols for other soft tissue injuries could also prove beneficial."

This presentation will fulfill a portion of the Washburn Transformational Experience opportunity, for which she must demonstrate excellence in scholarly and creative activity, community service, leadership or international education. The WTE was established to provide baccalaureate students with the opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning designed to complement traditional college studies.

Peschel is a senior and is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology, with a concentration in athletic training. She has been named to the Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges, the dean's and the president's honor rolls, is a member of the Washburn Student Athletic Trainers Society and has been named to Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board national honor societies. Peschel also received Kansas Athletic Trainers Society 1st Team all-Academic Honors and was the recipient of the Center for Manual Medicine Scholarship.

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study.  Seventy-one students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances.    

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