Nathan Thise is the Director of Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation at HIGH ALTITUDE TRAINING OF ARIZONA and is the President of the Board of Directors. Nathan answered a few questions about his private MAT practice and how injuries can result from everyday life.
Question 1: Who are you, what do you do and what is your level of experience?
My name is Nathaniel Thise. I practice a biomechanical based form of physical rehabilitation, called Muscle Activation Techniques MAT). My experience is extensive having been in practice since 2010, working with infants, youth, adults, elderly, pro athletes from the NFL, MLB, PGA, NHL, and world-class runners.
Question 2: How do you see the industrial infrastructure impacting people’s mechanics and movement? What repetitive motions are creating some muscles to work overtime to creating imbalance, pain, and mechanical dysfunction?
By far the most detrimental activity is being in a seated position for extended periods of time. We don’t often hear about muscles turning off, but the combination of muscle overuse in unnatural positions creates muscle underuse thereby altering the communication between the brain and muscles, changing the natural muscle firing patterns that balance and distribute the work appropriately.
When a muscle stops working, the range of motion it stabilizes becomes vulnerable to injury. The central nervous system guards against instability by tightening up the opposing, antagonistic muscles.
Being seated for prolonged periods of time, ironically turns off the muscle on the anterior/front side of the body. These muscles specifically, the TVA, obliques, rectus abdominal muscles, psoas, illiacus, and quads. Compound that with driving, the vibration exasperates the condition. When the muscles on the front of the spine stop working there’s nothing to oppose the poster external hip rotators, extensors, spinal erectors, and side benders of the spine.
As a result, those muscles get tight. Working the anterior chain will help correct and influence the posterior.
Squatting exercises with opposing extension put the ankle, knee, hip, and spine in their end range of flexion/ (which also lubricates the joint.)