I first got interested in Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) following a painful, on-the-job accident as a young man.
My new-found interest in pain relief prompted me to go back to school and change professions.
Ever since, I have continued to build my skill-set with advanced techniques that might help my clients.
In 2011, after two online Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques courses, and really good client feedback (“Wow, you’re onto something here!”), I began to attend as many classes and workshops as I could with Erik Dalton PhD, MAT’s originator.
I continued to get good results for my clients because Erik organized his classes around the patterns of pain that we see happening over and over, especially neck and back pain.
MAT: Influenced by Rolfing and Structural Integration Bodywork
Erik’s study and research over many years in clinical psychology, manual therapy, osteopathy and Rolfing with Ida Rolf make MAT a richly integrated approach. Manual therapists learn how to spot patterns and develop best plans of action before even touching their clients.
MAT teaches keen observation skills to find the causes of pain. Some examples of assessment questions:
Which side of the body is ‘short’ and causing an uneven pull?
Which type of end feel are you witnessing from joints or tissues?
Which type of tissue dysfunction are you observing?
Which type of movement dysfunction are you observing?
Is hyper mobility present?
Examples of some assessment techniques:
Visual look at lower and upper cross patterns
Measurement of supine leg length
Rock the Ilium, finding the stiffer side
Prone ‘raise the leg’ test, a function of lumbopelvis instability and weakness
Watch the gait, compensation patterns, movement dysfunctions
During assessments, we look for misalignment of bones, puffy, weak, raised muscles, rotational patterns in hips, and winged shoulders or scapulas. Common strain patterns are discovered.
We locate familiar muscle groups that are chronically locked down. Similar to Rolfing, MAT focuses on reorganizing the connective fascia that permeate the entire body. From here, we can work on creating alignment and balance. We don’t chase pain, we look for its cause.
“I used to have chronic daily pain, but after 2 visits with Mark, I am cured. He noticed that my right leg was pronating. He applied pressure to a tendon there. It hurt, but I knew that it was all for the best.
4 weeks later, I enjoyed an entire pain-free day for the first time in 5 years. I have felt great ever since. I wish doctors would learn about healing the human body this way. For now, there is Mark.”
–Suzanne N. Santa Rosa, CA 5.0 star rating 7/29/2017