Treatment for the muscular imbalances that cause chronic pain.


Cody Eubank BS, MAT-CS, CSCS                                                                    

I graduated the University of Louisville with a degree in Finance and a minor in economics.  After college I started down the corporate path but quickly determined that this was not for me.  I just didn't have the passion for an office job.  I realized I wanted to do what I enjoy and since I enjoy being active I decided to become a personal trainer.

I decided to go after one of the more difficult certifications I could find. The National Strength and Conditioning Associations (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  After a few months of study I took the exam and was ready to go.  In march of 2004 I began personal training.

By 2007 I decided that it was time for me to grow professionally.  By this time I knew it wasn't just about training, I was more interested in helping people.  Since I had encountered a MAT specialist and she helped me so much I decided to enroll in the MAT Internship Program.

After going through the course and an insane amount of study I became a Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist (MAT-CS) in may of 2008.    


My Experience with MAT Therapy

After years of rigorous strength training and a belief that more weight was better, I began to experience several small and chronic injuries.  They were not usually major and I would continue to train though them.

Over time however, they began to occur more frequently and started becoming more and more serious.  I couldn’t understand why I was beginning to regress while several of my friends continued to improve.  It seemed like no matter what I tried I was always getting injured.

My back became constantly sore and I began to have to warm up for longer and longer just to get going whether it was in the gym or just getting up in the morning.  Along with the chronic achiness my lower back would give out and succumb to severe spasms every couple of months.  Then I would rest until I felt better and then the cycle would begin again.

First I went to a doctor and all they did was suggest I take an anti-inflammatory.  I tried chiropractic but any relief I felt from an adjustment I received wouldn’t last more than a day or two.

After dealing with theses issues on and off for a couple years I met a MAT specialist.  I was initially quite skeptical but I decided to give it a try.  She showed me that most of my injury issues were due to inhibited muscles brought about by my excessive training.

The first thing I noticed was how unconcerned she was with my back.  She explained that my lower back was protecting me from the true problem.  Both legs hip flexors (muscles that lift my leg) and my trunk flexors (abdominals) were inhibited.  This was made very clear when she tested these muscles and I couldn’t hold up my leg or keep from falling back when my abdominals were tested.  This was especially surprising to me considering the amount of weight I could lift.

What was really going on was my back hurt because it tightened to protect my trunk due to my weak abs.  This tightness would have been uncomfortable enough, but then my hamstrings tightened to protect my weak hips.  In effect, my body was in a tug-o-war with my back fighting my hamstrings.  A battle my back consistently lost.

Within a few treatments I felt better.  After about four or five months of consistent treatments my injuries all disappeared.  At first I was being treated once or twice a week, but as I progressed I began going once every two or so.  It was so effective and changed my outlook so much that is why I decided to become a MAT Specialist.

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