A New Approach To Treating Muscular Pain.
The traditional medical community does not specialize in muscle pain. There is little
research devoted to it and very few doctors who specialize in it. More and more people,
however, are experiencing everything from back pain to shoulder pain to neck and even
finger and foot pain.
Now there is a revolutionary new process for correcting muscular imbalances in the body.
It has dramatically improved functional capabilities in all age groups, along with
elevating sports performance and career longevity in athletes. This biomechanical-based
therapy is called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)™. This innovative treatment
was developed by Greg Rosokpf, who has his Masters in Exercise Physiology and is the
Biomechanics Consultant for various professional sports teams, including the Denver
Broncos and Utah Jazz.
MAT is designed to eliminate the muscle and joint pain by correcting your body
alignment. No matter what type of exercise – golf, tennis, or just walking down your
stairs – MAT addresses the weak links in your muscular system and thereby allows your
body to function more efficiently while minimizing pain.
Conventional forms of therapy suggest that we should stretch our tight and aching
muscles to help relieve our muscular pain. These forms of therapy recognize muscle
tightness as the primary factor that leads to pain and/or injury. Recent research, however,
suggests that stretching might, in fact, cause more problems than it solves. In the recent
article, “No Bending Or Twisting” (U.S. News and World Report, 6/21/04) researchers
found that increased flexibility in women may be to blame for the increase in knee, ankle
and other soft tissue injuries that women incur far more than men. Flexibility might even
help explain why women are up to ten times as likely as men to tear the anterior cruciate
ligament in their knees, and four times as likely to have serious ankle sprains. MAT
looks at muscle weakness, rather than muscle tightness as the cause of limitations in
range of motion. Muscle tightness is not only secondary, but it is the end product of
reciprocal muscle weakness.. When our body recognizes instability (muscle weakness) it
is designed to protect itself and sends messages to surrounding muscles to tighten up in
an attempt to support and protect the joint. A good example of this is when we walk
across ice. What does our body do? It tightens to give us a sense of stability and protect
itself from injury.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found only six studies
designed to isolate the effects of stretching and none showed a link between stretching
more and getting hurt less. Researcher Stacy Ingraham of the University of MinnesotaTwin
Cities says, “More pliable muscles might cause more injuries than they prevent,
especially if you stretch before you exercise.” Jay Blahnik, author of Full-Body
Flexibility, says that one study showed that marathon runners who stretched had a higher
rate of injuries than those that didn’t. So why is stretching our tight muscles possibly hurting more than helping us? Stretching
muscle fibers makes them less stable through their newfound range of motion. With
mobility we must have stability for injury and pain not to occur. Combining a unique
muscle therapy and range of motion analysis, MAT restores your body’s alignment as
well as allowing for pain-free movement and higher performance levels by using a
systematic evaluation procedure of checks and balances correlating limitations in range
of motion to muscle weakness. MAT treats weak muscles with manual palpation and
isometric exercises in order to address the instability. In turn, the protective contractions
diminish, which typically results in an increase in stability through the range of motion.
The results are typically long lasting and can be followed up with home isometric
exercises. Increasing mobility combined with joint stability is fundamental to the MAT
program and it the foundation to improving people’s ability to function. It is the missing
link in many therapy and exercise procedures.
Kristin Menapace, M.S., MAT Specialist, A.C.E., Licensed Wellness Coach, is a Health
and Wellness Professional. She has helped many of her clients achieve their health and
wellness goals. She can be contacted directly at 949-554-8054 or Kristin@musclemotion.com

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