Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I am so excited about something that happened in Pilates class tonight.
8 weeks ago I injured my back and that compromised my entire skeletomuscular system. I was unable to walk, sit, stand lay down without pain. My chiropractor helped somewhat in the first 2 weeks and I resorted to Vicodin and ice packs and a back brace.
3 weeks ago a trainer I know suggested a new form of therapy called Muscle Activation Technique or M.A.T.
This revolutionary way of looking at and dealing with the skeletomuscular system is completely mind blowing. The concept is so simple yet no one has ever come up with it before. Instead of treating the muscle that is tight - for instance a hamstring - they treat the muscle that pulls you into leg raise which would be the hip flexor. The tight muscles are not the problem. The tight muscles are the body's natural defense against injury caused by muscles that are not performing or firing properly.
After an 2 part evaluation and 5 (so far) therapy sessions my pain levels are down to a 2-3 on a scale of 1-10. Before starting MAT I was at 6-8 on various parts of my body.
OK - and back to tonight and the Pilates class. I take the class with the specific understanding that I do NOT stretch. I only go as far as my muscles allow with absolutely no stretching and no discomfort. Tonight, for the first time in over 2 months I did a Pilates Roll Up. It's a very slow and methodical sit up from a prone position using your core to pull your vertebrae one at a time up off the floor into a full sit up. Tonight I did a Roll Up !
I did a Roll Up ! I was actually surprised that I was able to do the move. My thought was to give it a try and abandon the move at the first hint of discomfort of any kind. Discomfort never reared it's ugly head. I did 3 consecutive Roll Ups (and Roll Downs) without any problems.
If you or anyone you know suffers from chronic or acute pain you should look into finding a MAT Specialist in your area. It's expensive and not covered by insurance, but it's worth every penny.