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Big Progress on my Back Injury !

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TUFFYBIRD 5/20/2013 2:41PM

    Good for you, C. Back injuries can be SO debilitating. It's good to hear that you found something that worked. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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LILYPAD12311 5/8/2013 7:34PM

    Hooray for you Surlygirl!!!! YOU had an issue,,, you found a solution and now you are reaping the benefits,,,, A Pilate Roll Up,,,,, I am proud of you! emoticon The best part is that you are helping others out there who are facing the same challenge. You Rock Surlygirl! emoticon

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4EVER21B 5/8/2013 4:28PM


I am so glad you are doing better!

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DRKEYEZ820 5/8/2013 12:07PM

    Yay awesome for being in no pain and being able to do that move! That's FABULOUS! Im so excited for u girly!

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VIXSTERLU 5/8/2013 11:39AM

    So awesome!!! Glad you found something that is working for you :) Thanks for sharing.

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/8/2013 10:56AM

    This is fantastic, so glad it worked for you. Also, thx for the information, going to their site

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BOBINVA 5/8/2013 10:11AM

    That is great!!!! So happy for you.

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CAALAN23 5/8/2013 9:50AM

    Glad you found a way to be free from pain! Back injuries are so frightening because you realize how vulnerable you can become. Thanks for the link, I'm going to check it out.


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KBRADFORD88 5/8/2013 9:37AM

    awesome girl...I know that modern medicine is doing its best...but it is missing the mark on so many levels. glad you got some relief

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FLASUN 5/8/2013 8:09AM

    emoticon Carolanne!!! Wonderful and so happy for you!!!! emoticon emoticon Hugs, Janice

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LOVESLIFE48 5/8/2013 8:05AM

    That is so awsome!!! Congrats on your progress!! Please be careful!!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/8/2013 2:41AM

    emoticon I am so glad you're making good progress and getting moving again. It's scary when you injure yourself so severely.

Have a good day hun emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 5/8/2013 12:54AM

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JIACOLO 5/7/2013 11:15PM

    I have looked into this, but didn't know anyone who had done it. Thanks for the info!

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