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Muscle Activation Technique to treat Cervical Pain, - Anyone try it?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am scheduled for a ACDF one level C5-C6 surgery in May. Someone suggested I try "Muscle Activation Technique" before I resolve to surgery. Has anyone tried this?
I have already had 4 1/2 months of physical therapy twice a week and two cervical epidural. I still have cervical pain and nerve pain (through left hand).
Any information and/or advice would be appreciated.


  • I've never heard of this. I would research it before I'd try it. It would be such a shame if you make your situation worse. But anything that will relieve pain is a plus. Just check it out before you try it.
  • For me it was the only solution that has helped by lower back after seeing every type of specialist, a year's worth of physical therapy, trigger point & other scary spinal shots and lots of medication. MAT is very legitimate and is not some hot dog, money making scheme. Many professional sports team send their athletes with problems to a MAT specialist. I learned about it from the owner of a relax the back store. I have seen my MAT specialist 6 times and I have reduced my medication by 50% and my pain the same amount. She has a college degree in exercise physiology and she is licensed in massage therapy as well and is excellent. I don't know if it will help you, but it is worth the time and money to find out. The MAT specialists I phoned and discussed the process they use (and I phoned 5 before I chose one), were all extremely knowledgable and professional. It has worked for athletes where nothing else would work. Go to the www.nowhere.com wesbite and learn about it for yourself. They have a list of certified specialists on the site. I defintely would talk to a MAT specialist before I do any type of surgery.

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    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health Administrator 04/20/09
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    works primarily with muscles to correct problems with muscle pain and or joint pain.
    There are many website references to MAT.
    While MAT probably helps dealing with muscle related problems, there really isnt any evidence that it can correct a Disc herniation or other major spinal problem.
    It probably isnt a bad thing to get information about. I've watched about 7 videos on MAT techniques and from what I saw, the treatment was very similar to what a really trained
    physical therapist could perform.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I have had cervical, shoulder and back pain for 10 years. Nobody could give me answers. A doctor recently recommend MAT therapy, I have done about 4-5 sessions and I am defintily seeing improvement. I would absolutly try this therapy before surgery however make sure the MAT therapist has significant experience in MAT. It is a new procedure and the therapists have greatly varying degrees of experience...which is very important for this technique...good luck!
  • what exactly is that? Is it muscle strenthening exercises? Who does it...PT? Can only tell u my spinal fusion did not help and actually think it has just limited my range of motion and actually worsened me over time...had it 2 years ago. If your pain is from herniated disc or something acute or sudden then I think it does work for those people but for people like me with cervical disc degeneration that has gradually worsened over years ....I don;t think its a great option and my neurologist verified that (too bad I went and saw him AFTER I had surgery and not before) Has a neurologist said u need the surgery or just the surgeon? My experience (and I am a nurse so I've seen this) is that if u go to a surgeon with a problem they most likely suggest surgery casue thats how they look at fixing anything...its just the way they are.
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