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HUMAN NERVOUS SYSTEM

THE BRAIN AND

MUSCLE RELATIONSHIP

Electrical impulses travel across billions of neurons to help the brain coordinate all bodily functions.

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Coordinated movement is planned in the cerebral cortex, and staged signals are sent down to the spinal cord and out to the motor neurons.

When staged signals fire in the correct order and reach their intended muscles, the body moves with an efficient motor pattern.

After an injury or feeling pain, the pattern of these staged signals can become distorted or changed; resulting in compensation, which can lead to weakness and further injury.

Pain signals from the brain can last long after the acute tissue is healed.

Coordinated movement is planned in the cerebral cortex, and staged signals are sent down to the spinal cord and out to the motor neurons.

When staged signals fire in the correct order and reach their intended muscles, the body moves with an efficient motor pattern.

After an injury or feeling pain, the pattern of these staged signals can become distorted or changed; resulting in compensation, which can lead to weakness and further injury.

Pain signals from the brain can last long after the acute tissue is healed.

the matterhorn method

the matterhorn method

Step 1

diagnose

Our proprietary brain-based process scans your body to identify where the root cause of pain and compensation is in your system.

Step 2

reconnect

We unlock the compensation in your body by reconnecting the neuromuscular pathways that have been “shut down” as a result of your brain trying to protect the injured area.

Step 1

diagnose

Our proprietary brain-based process scans your body to identify where the root cause of pain and compensation is in your system.

Step 2

reconnect

We unlock the compensation in your body by reconnecting the neuromuscular pathways that have been “shut down” as a result of your brain trying to protect the injured area.

Step 3

reinforce

We implement our unique movement protocols that are designed to strengthen and reinforce your neurological patterns so that your problem is eliminated.  This creates a pain-free foundation to build on.

Step 4

strengthen

We design a custom movement program to capture the correct motor patterns addressed in rehabilitation and strengthen your body to prevent future injury or pain.

Step 3

reinforce

We implement our unique movement protocols that are designed to strengthen and reinforce your neurological patterns so that your problem is eliminated.  This creates a pain-free foundation to build on.

Step 4

strengthen

We design a custom movement program to capture the correct motor patterns addressed in rehabilitation and strengthen your body to prevent future injury or pain.

what we treat
neck, back, pelvis

Pain that runs down one or both legs as a result of a herniated disc or bone spur pressing on the sciatic nerve.  Lower back pain typically radiates down the back of the leg. Symptoms often increase with prolonged sitting or long walks. 

Sciatica treatment

starts with your initial evaluation.

Occurs when the center of a vertebral disc (nucleus) protrudes through the outer ring of the disc (annulus).  This may cause

lower back pain left

or

lower back pain right.

If the disc protrudes enough to press on the nerve root associated with the disc (L3/L4/L5, etc) it may lead to symptoms that radiate down the leg, such as pain, burning, numbness, tingling.  In severe cases, foot drop may occur.  Symptoms typically increase with forward flexion, prolonged sitting, and long walks.  Lower back pain right or left starts with your initial evaluation.

Narrowing of the spinal canal which can lead to compression of the spinal cord and surrounding nerves.  Caused by the gradual wear and tear of the spinal column.  May lead to pain, numbness, and tingling in the legs depending on the degree of narrowing and compression.  There is no way to reverse spinal stenosis but strengthening and improving flexibility may slow its progression.

Occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve.  Typically presents with pain/tenderness in the buttock and possible radiating symptoms down the back of the leg and calf.  Symptoms usually increase with prolonged sitting or physical activity.  This syndrome is not associated with low back pain.

May have a number of causes including bony spurs, bulging discs, disc degeneration, nerve compression, and arthritis.  Rehab focus is generally on restoring mobility and releasing soft tissue tightness.

May have a number of causes including bony spurs, bulging discs, disc degeneration, nerve compression, and arthritis.  Rehab focus is generally on restoring mobility, releasing soft tissue tightness, and maintaining normal lordotic curve of the cervical region.

Injury to the fascia, tendons, or muscles of the abdomen and/or pelvis.  Most common with high speed turning, twisting, or repetitive kicking movements.  Surgical and non-surgical interventions (rehab) are both highly effective.  Strengthening of the hip adductors and abdominal muscles along with core stabilization is the focus of rehabilitation.  Building endurance and balance between the hip and abdominal muscles is also important.

Pain that starts in the neck and soft tissues around the neck.  Pain is referred up into the head.  This chronic and recurring headache can start after twisting the neck and often results in reduced range of motion (ROM) of the neck.

Upper body

The RTC is a group of four muscles that stabilize the head of the humerus in the shoulder joint and help to lift and rotate the arm.  Most tears occur in the Supraspinatus, but damage to any of these muscles or tendons can lead to pain, loss of range of motion, and decreased strength.  Damage can occur from a specific injury or from degeneration over time.  Surgery may be recommended depending on the individual situation.  However, rehab can also be highly effective and focuses on improving range of motion and strengthening the muscles around the shoulder to support function and decrease pain.

Occurs when the rotator cuff muscles are pinched or “impinged” between the bones in the shoulder joint (acromion and head of the humerus).  When the muscles swell the small space is narrowed even more, leading to a cycle of inflammation and pain.  Often occurs from overuse, particularly with overhead activities and especially when the mechanics of the shoulder are incorrect due to weakness and tightness. Bone spurs or a direct fall on the shoulder may also cause this inflammatory response.  Rehab should focus on restoring normal motion to the shoulder joint with specific stretching, strengthening and soft tissue mobilization.

Characterized by pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion of the shoulder.  Exact cause is still unknown but typically occurs after injury, surgery, or prolonged periods of immobilization to the shoulder.  Symptoms usually come on gradually and most cases will resolve on their own within 1-3 years.  However, you can

eliminate frozen shoulder pain.

Frozen shoulder treatment therapy can prevent further progression and speed up recovery time.  The first phase of rehab addresses stretching of the shoulder capsule and surrounding soft tissue while restoring passive and active range of motion.  The second phase focuses on strengthening of the rotator cuff and mid back musculature. 

Frozen shoulder treatment

begins with your initial evaluation.

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, an overuse injury leading to damage to the tendons that attach the wrist extensor muscle group to the elbow.  The inflammatory response often leads to breaking down of the tendon tissue (tendonosis) which causes pain and weakness in the elbow and forearm.  Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) along with stretching and strengthening of the forearm muscles can be helpful, but it is also important to include the shoulder in the rehab process as weakness in that area often contributes to excessive force being displaced to the elbow and forearm.  You can

relieve tennis elbow pain

quickly. 

Tennis elbow treatment

begins with your initial evaluation.

Also known as medial epicondylitis is pain that often starts on the inside of the elbow and runs down the forearm to the wrist.  Typically caused by overuse of the wrist flexor muscle group.  Acute tendonitis can lead to a chronic tendonosis (breakdown of the tendon tissue).  You can eliminate golf elbow pain.

Golfer’s elbow treatment

begins with your initial evaluation.  Golf elbow treatments generally focuses on soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), stretching, and strengthening of the wrist flexors.  It is also important to include the shoulder in the rehab process as weakness in that area often contributes to excessive force being displaced to the elbow and forearm.

Occurs with micro-tears and inflammation of the long head of the biceps tendon and it moves through the bicipital groove.  Most commonly an overuse injury, especially with repetitive overhead movements, but may occur from a fall or direct blow to the shoulder.

Microtears in the muscle belly from overstretch or overload on the tissue which lead to the inflammatory response.  Bruising may or may not be present.  During the healing phase it is important to not over-stress the tissue with load or stretching.

Compression of the median nerve as it passes through the tunnel on the palmar side of the wrist and hand.  Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling and/or burning.  Some people may feel “shock-like” sensations that travel to the thumb or fingers.  Weakness in grip strength or clumsiness with the hand may also be noted.

Lower body

Refers to pain under or around the kneecap (patella).  Commonly seen in runners and jumpers but can affect anyone.  It is often related to biomechanical issues with how the kneecap tracks through the patellar groove. Therefore, rehab is heavily focused on stretching the quadriceps and strengthening the glute muscles to control movement of the femur.

A replacement involves removing portions of bone damaged by arthritis and resurfacing the area with artificial implants.  Rehab focuses on restoring joint range of motion and strengthening of the musculature around the knee as well as the hip and core.

A broad term to describe damage or dysfunction of a nerve.  This damage may affect motor nerves, which control movement, or sensory nerves, which control sensations such as hot, cold, or pressure.  Most commonly affects the hands or feet.  Symptoms include numbness, weakness, pins and needles, pain, burning, or tingling. The exact cause is somewhat unknown but may be related to diabetes, toxins, injury, infection, medications, and cancer treatments. 

Neuropathy treatment

begins with your initial evaluation.

Characterized by the thickening and degeneration of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that attaches to the plantar side of the heel and runs through the arch of the foot.  The most common symptom is a stabbing pain in the plantar part of the heel that may extend into the arch.  The worst pain is typically felt when stepping down out of bed in the morning and may lessen throughout the day.

A surgical procedure in which the ball and socket of the hip joint are replaced with artificial implants.  The surgery is typically done to address severe osteoarthritis and pain in the joint.  Rehab is focused on regaining a normal gait with strengthening to the hip/glute and core.

Also known as Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI).  It is thought to be caused by changes in the shape of the hip surfaces leading to unusual contact between the bones.  This may lead to extra bony growth along the surfaces and causes an “impingement syndrome” resulting in  pain in the hip or groin area and deficits in hip range of motion.

Microtears in the muscle fibers from overstretch or overload on the tissue which lead to the inflammatory response.  Bruising may or may not be present.  During the healing phase it is important to not over-stress the tissue with load or stretching.

Microtears in the muscle fibers from overstretch or overload on the tissue which lead to the inflammatory response.  Bruising may or may not be present.  During the healing phase it is important to not over-stress the tissue with load or stretching.

Refers to degeneration of the Achilles Tendon, typically starts with an inflammatory condition (tendonitis) that eventually causes tissue changes and breaks down the tendon.  Common symptoms are pain and tightness in the area of the Achilles Tendon.  Some people may notice a deformity, or a bump, in the tendon.  IASTM, calf stretching, and eccentric loading of the tendon have shown to be the most effective forms of treatment.

Microtears in the muscle fibers from overstretch or overload on the tissue which lead to the inflammatory response.  Bruising may or may not be present.  During the healing phase it is important to not over-stress the tissue with load or stretching.

May have a number of causes:  adductor strain, lower abdominal strain, muscle weakness, inflamed lymph nodes, neurological referred pain, and conditions or disorders of the hip joint.

Considered a chronic condition that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body.  May also present with fatigue, poor sleep, mood and memory changes.  The exact cause or trigger for this disorder is still unknown. 

Fibromyalgia treatment

begins with your initial evaluation.

Many possible causes such as neurological disorders, medications, head injury, inner ear problems, ocular(eye) disorders, high/low blood pressure, muscle weakness, loss of proprioception, and aging.

May refer to a single joint or movement as a whole.  Can be caused by damage to the joint or tightness of the surrounding soft tissue.  Muscle weakness or compensation in the neurological system may also contribute to lack of mobility.

Microtears in the muscle fibers from overstretch or overload on the tissue which lead to the inflammatory response.  Bruising may or may not be present.  During the healing phase it is important to not over-stress the tissue with load or stretching.

Outside ankle pain

could be peroneal tendinitis, a condition in which the tendons that run behind the ankle bone become inflamed. These tendons, called the peroneal tendons, are responsible for lifting the foot and keeping the ankle stable. Symptoms of peroneal tendinitis include pain and swelling behind the ankle, difficulty lifting the foot, and pain when walking or standing for long periods of time.  Matterhorn Fit can find the root cause of outside ankle pain and treatment begins with your initial evaluation.