Nathaniel Thise Muscle Activation Techniquesby Tyler Woods on Oct. 01, 2012, under Uncategorized
Ever been in pain, and that pain lingers on and on and you have tried everything from physical therapy to chiropractic care, to acupuncture, to massage therapies, and even surgery and still feel the pain? Have you sat there and said to yourself that you have tried everything and you are still in pain? Well ask yourself this; have you tried Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)?
Tucson Biz Beat salutes Nathaniel Thise who is Tucson’s only certified MAT therapist. When Nate was 26 years old, he said he felt like “Superman with a kryptonite necklace around his neck.” Nate was a football player in his youth and was into fitness and in great health, but that did not stop injury. He graduated high school and joined the military. He was very fit but was still plagued with chronic pain from his football days. He tried everything to find some sort of pain relief. At times he was able to get some relief, but it was normally short lived and the pain came right back.
One day a friend came to him and asked him if he had heard of Muscle Activation Techniques. He stated he had never heard of it. He researched it and began to do some of the therapies. For the first time in years and years his pain went away. Nate, who is a certified fitness trainer at the time, knew he had to learn the technique and help other experience pain relief. He wasted no time and flew to Chicago to get trained and certified. Nate said, “It was everything I thought it would be and more.”
What Nate learned on his journey is that “No one approaches pain the way it should be.” He states that, “It really shouldn’t be where is the pain rather, why is there pain.” He shakes his head. “Most therapies look at the symptoms instead of looking at the real cause of pain.” He discovered that muscles give a constant signal however with injury or age there can be a muscular imbalance. “Muscle dictates what the stability of the joint is.” That is the basic concept to MAT.
In short, MAT looks at weak muscles and realizes that it has an influence on adjoining or opposing muscles. This causes these muscles to tighten as they try to stabilize the joint. This can lead to weakness or the development of pain. Since MAT looks at cause of discomfort, and not just the symptoms, relief can be achieved. “You need to have a system of what is working and what is not.”
I put this to the test personally since I have chronic pain issues. I have two bad knees and a lower chronic back condition. After a knee surgery went horribly wrong two years ago and another surgery had to be done to repair the botched surgery, my pain never went away. I do not believe in the use of pain medications and noticed my life was compromised because of pain. I tried many things and temporary relief was achieved but only for a few weeks. Nate put me through the process. What I discovered after the first session was I had a glimpse of what it was like to not have pain. It is not an overnight process, but living pain free can happen with MAT.
So today Tucson Biz Beat salutes Nathaniel Thise for bringing this technique to Tucson and helping our community deal with pain. He is hopeful others will get certified and be able to reach out and help those who suffer from chronic pain and want to use a drug free method and actually cure the pain rather than mask the pain. If you have question and want to talk to Nate, or set up an appointment, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org he is always eager to talk about pain relief.