Live Pain Free Solution | Personal Trainer | Chicago

By: Healthy Progress Systems, Chicago Personal Trainer  09-12-2011
Keywords: Mat, Muscle Activation, Muscle Activation Technique

A combination of MAT and progressive training can reduce stiffness and pain and help your body function optimally.

"I’ve been working with Ralph since I was last injured, and I’ve been injury-free since and feeling more stable and stronger than I had solely using other workout techniques. Even my soreness after games has been reduced and my persistent, nagging muscle aches have been eliminated."

- Chris, pro soccer player

Many who exercise and/or participate in sports experience pain. This pain most often is a result of faulty movement and weak joint stability.

When all muscles at a specific joint are working properly, movement is executed smoothly with no stress on the muscles. However, when some of these muscles weaken (due to a variety of possible reasons), other muscles must compensate to perform the movement and consequently become overstressed. For example, the glutes are the main muscles that move the leg to the rear. However, when these muscles are not working optimally, the hamstring muscles can take over this task. Although the hamstrings can move the leg to the rear, they are not ideal for this task, and they often become overstressed and tighten up as a result. Adaptations like these lead to a poor movement quality, compromised joint stability, and, ultimately, pain. Healthy Progress Training places great emphasis on restoring natural mechanics. All exercises are aimed to improve the way the body reacts to physical load and performs basic movement. To help the body function optimally and without pain, clients are put through the following process:

Muscle Activation Technique

Clients are carefully screened using revolutionary

(MAT) for muscle imbalances that may be causing pain and stiffness. Once identified, MAT provides a set of tools that are designed to restore balance, reduce stiffness, and diminish pain at a given joint.

Strategically Progressed Exercise Program

A client's mechanical ability is assessed. This mechanical assessment determines the client's physical readiness for exercise and specifically what exercises should be included in the program in order to improve the way client moves. The client is continually assessed during the exercises, and exercises are progressed as needed.

The Process

Clients seeking a solution to pain and stiffness are first encouraged to schedule a series of MAT sessions. These sessions are designed to restore mechanical properties. To ensure that the changes achieved during MAT hold, the client is also placed on an individualized strengthening program that will focus on building firm stability at joints and improving quality of movement.

The frequency for MAT may vary from client to client. The majority of clients undergo two MAT sessions a week for the first week or two and then reduce the frequency to one session a week once the problemed area gains an acceptable level of stability. After about 6-8 weeks of MAT sessions, the majority of clients reduce MAT frequency to two sessions a month. Once again, frequency may very depending on the severity and the nature of the problem.

While there is some flexibility in MAT, Healthy Progress clients are encouraged to strength train consistently at least two times a week. Strengthening workouts are progressed as needed in order to reach optimal movement and joint stability.

Keywords: Mat, Muscle Activation, Muscle Activation Technique, Progress Training, Strengthening Program,

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