Myoskeletal Alignment Technique
realigning YOUR body back to neutral state
Julie Bridgman is an Certified Myoskeletal Therapist in Toronto, Yonge and St.Clair. http://www.erikdalton.com
Myoskeletal alignment technique (MAT) in Toronto Yonge and St.Clair is a type of bodywork which assesses structural integration to relieve chronic pain, and to reduce the potential for start of pain which could become chronic over time. This technique is often integrated into regular massage and bodywork sessions. The focus of this technique is on back and neck pain in particular, since this type of pain is extremely common in the "office worker" and "sitting".
The basic idea behind myoskeletal alignment technique (MAT) is that back and neck pain are caused by basic problems within the musculoskeletal system. Tight, stressed muscles contribute to pain by limiting freedom of movement, while weak muscles provide inadequate support for the body. This in turn leads to posture problems, stiffness, and other symptoms which create an endless cycle of pain. By addressing the fundamental issues in the muscles and fascia, goal is to eliminate the associated symptoms.
Structural integration can help manipulation of the muscles, fascia, and skeletal system with the goal of promoting general musculoskeletal health. The idea behind structural integration is that if someone’s body can be aligned properly, his or her health problems can be dramatically reduced, because the body will work as a whole and prevent future problems.
In a session of myoskeletal alignment technique, the goal is to lengthen tight, strained muscles with the goal of releasing tension and allowing those muscles to function more normally. At the same time, weak muscles are encouraged to grow stronger with the use of gentle, focused stretches which work those muscles. The muscles and fascia will also be manipulated to release pain and to encourage proper musculoskeletal alignment.
A session of myoskeletal alignment technique can sometimes alleviate neck and back pain considerably. Regular sessions can be used to address the early signs of pain, bringing the body back to a neutral state before it develops into a cycle of pain. This type of bodywork can be especially useful for people in stressful occupations, or for people with jobs which require repetitive motion, as these careers can place a great deal of strain on the musculoskeletal system. This treatment should be done in a preventative/maintenance stage, not during an injury.
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