In 52 years, my activities have caused a variety of injuries to my lower body including 7 breaks in my right foot & ankle at various times. In 2003, I dislocated my left hip while water-skiing. I went through physiotherapy with limited success. The end result was that I limped slightly, and was limited to walking about a mile a day, in total, before the pain in my hip would stop me.
A friend of mine told me about Ian Murray and MAT™ , and recommended him to me on several occasions. He also told me about several other mutual acquaintances who had experienced significant improvements after seeing Ian; all of them confirmed that their conditions had improved. I wasn’t sure that my condition could be improved much, but with retirement looming in a couple of years, I thought I had nothing to lose, so I made an appointment.
I met him in for the first time in May of 2010 and he focused on my right foot. By the end of the session, I felt lighter on my feet and more nimble. While walking on the uneven ground at our cottage that weekend, I felt surefooted, and was able to walk more than I could in years. During my next visit, Ian focused on my right foot again, as well as my left foot. When I left, I didn’t hurt and didn’t limp.
It’s mid-August now, and I still don’t limp and have no pain. I can walk as far as I want, and don’t need to take a cane. I never expected results like this, and still have trouble grasping the magnitude of the improvement. I didn’t think it was possible. When I tell others, I can sometimes feel the skepticism; I’d have trouble believing this if someone told me a similar story. It’s incredible, but it’s true. – Gord MacLaren
I had been flat on my back for three days, unable to walk or lift my feet when a friend recommended Core Strength to me. Barely able to make my way into the office for my first appointment, I practically skipped out the door after my first experience with Cathy Watson.
MAT™ is a logical, systematic process that identifies which muscles are not working properly and which muscles are overworking to compensate for the weak or injured muscles. It is like a very specialized form of physical therapy; no machines. It is a hands-on treatment that you and the MAT therapist work together on.
The care is completely individualized from session to session as well as person to person. The staff recognizes that a person’s condition changes from week to week and they are prepared to adapt and continue to adapt their program for you to continually be challenged and improve. Core Strength is a kind and caring place. I recommend it to seniors and to youth and all of those in between. They helped rehab my rugby-playing son and my 85 year old uncle! – Nancy Davidson
I struggle with post-polio condition and in recent years, I have been experiencing increased pain in my legs along with a dramatic loss of strength. I have always enjoyed hiking and staying active but my symptoms were keeping from leading the lifestyle I was used to. I tried every form of therapy to get relief but found no help. When I was referred to Core Strength, I had little hope that anything could help me at that point. After the first Muscle Activation Techniques™ session, I immediately saw changes to my mechanics and strength. What was more impressive was that they identified and treated areas of my body that weren’t even where I had my complaints. I understand now that it was necessary to treat the underlying cause of my problems as opposed to my symptoms. I am now back to doing things I couldn’t before and completely pain free! – Iris Hazen
As a university Track and Field athlete the limits of my body are always being tested. I had been steadily improving over my University career but due to some nagging injuries I did not feel like I was able to put forward my best effort. By coming to Core Strength Inc. throughout my season I was able to improve range of motion and strength in areas of my body that had previously been restricted. Without their help I do not think I would have been able to perform as well as I did this season. – Desmond Miller
Kirsten Gallagher has helped me to be strong and pain-free! My chronic foot and back pain are completely gone. Kirsten’s cheerful enthusiasm and encouragement have made tough exercises seem easy. All of our sessions are well thought out and challenge me. The best thing is that I can now see the results of our work together. I feel that Kirsten truly cares about my health and fitness. -Martha Clarke
I first went into Core Strength and was introduced to MAT™ as a last-ditch attempt to avoid more radical surgical procedures and the pain and limitations that would thereafter become long-term issues in my life. Eric Seifert changed my life. Strong words, I know, but certainly not an overstatement of the effect that MAT sessions have had on me. After only two sessions I left the cane at home! After a year in MAT I now walk pain-free. - Nancy Hennigar
As my years accumulated so did a host of small discomforts, and some of them became serious. An ankle in end-state osteoarthritis left me depending on wheelchairs and crutches for mobility. A good friend urged—all but compelled—me to see the experts at Core Strength Inc. I had seen many physicians and therapists, with no lasting relief, if any. I felt much better the very first time I saw them. This has brought me more relief from pain than any other treatment. I am now stronger and more mobile. I can walk around my home and office, largely unaided, a huge improvement over being dependent on a wheelchair. - Richard Owens