In their own words...
Shoulder, Neck and Upper Back Testimonials
"Around age 50 I was diagnosed with L4-L5 bulging discs and a few years later a torn labrum in my shoulder. Taking advantage of MAT, I currently have about 95% motion in my shoulder, working out, healthy, active and even golfing again... without surgery."
— Rick Kerman
CEO, Steiner Electric
"I am a professional violinist and sustained an injury almost 20 years ago to my neck that caused continuous pain. Over the years I saw physical therapists, sports medicine doctors, chiropractors, and a napropath-despite months and years of therapy the pain had never receded until my current trainer recommended MAT and Activation Fitness over 3 years ago. It has changed my life completely. After a few initial weeks of extensive therapy I am now on a flexible schedule with appointments when needed. I am able to practice, teach and workout on a regular basis and even play competitive tennis-things I could never have achieved together prior to Activation Fitness."
— Deb Ponko
"I started working with Gina the same week X-rays taken by my chiropractor showed that my spine was extremely misaligned. Day after day, I was experiencing pain in my neck and a general discomfort in my back. I woke up most mornings stiff and achy. These misalignments created pressure and irritation on the various nerves in my spine and I was suffering a wide range of symptoms. The consensus was that my condition was caused by eight to ten hours a day at my desk in front of the computer screen. I was feeling pretty depressed about my situation. Gina took a thoughtful approach to my sad state of affairs. After working with Gina for two months, as well as my chiropractor, my spine was greatly improved. The second set of X-rays showed far better alignment. My chiropractor commented that the improvement was much more rapid than with his average patient. I believe that result is directly related to working out with Gina and her commitment to my well-being. Her workouts are creative, challenging and motivating. Overall, I’m stronger and very encouraged by the change in my physical condition."
"After nearly one year of shoulder pain, I felt frustrated because traditional physical therapy was not helping anymore. I even had arthroscopic surgery to diagnose what the problem was; only to discover that my injury was permanent and could not be fixed surgically (damaged cartilage). I felt like nothing would ever help my pain and allow me to exercise the way I used to. My doctor suggested I try MAT to see if it would help. Not only did it help more than anything I had tried so far, but I actually feel that with time and continued strengthening, I will likely get to a point where I will be virtually pain free. MAT helped determine why the injury happened in the first place. I am able to do yoga again with some minor modifications. Yoga was a big part of my life before, but also contributed to my injury. MAT has helped me understand my limitations and strengthen my weaknesses so I can practice yoga safely again!"
— Elaine Sobel
"I've been coming to Activation Fitness for about 5 years. When I first started coming I was in a lot of pain from a herniated disc in my upper back. I was not able to lift things normally and was on medicine for my pain. I have increased my strength and range of motion and now I am able to lift things normally with suitcases and computer bags while being off the medicine for years. I work out regularly here and even though I am getting older, I am getting stronger and have increased my flexibility greatly. It is a clean friendly place and I would recommend it to anybody!"
— Janet Sontag
“Impending osteopenia and fear of heart disease prompted me to begin working out about 10 years ago. I saw results in weight loss and my bone density improved, but I often struggled with motivation. I also began spinning but suffered upper back pain. Running and some machines became out of the question due to knee and lower back/hip pain as well. Other trainers and a physical therapist told me that running, the treadmill, and open chained machines would aggravate my problems more. Still I continued my weekly regiment. Then I met Steve Dam about two years into this process. Steve changed my entire attitude about fitness. It became more about strengthening my body and understanding what I COULD do as long as it was done properly. Fitness became my passion and I became leaner and stronger and looked forward to training.
Steve is a knowledgeable, forthright and caring person. His training style and MAT skills are a combination that truly work. I would enthusiastically recommend training and doing MAT at Activation Fitness, if you want to feel strong and overcome physical limitations that have held you back.”
— Linda Gold
Small Business Executive
"I'm a swimmer at Glenbrook North. Each of the past three seasons I started having pain in both shoulders. I tried doing traditional therapy and did not see much improvement. Each year a few sessions of Muscle Activation helped me improve my flexibility and strength in and out of the water. I would go back to swimming without the pain and able to perform at my best for the rest of the season.”
— Jack Brierton
Varsity Swim Team,
Glenbrook North High School
“My entire life I have been very limited in my body’s flexibility. After working with Steve Dam, I immediately began seeing tremendous improvement in my muscle strength and my body’s overall flexibility. Even when I experience any neck or back pain, Steve’s consistent attention and expertise makes all the difference. On the personal front, Steve is a kind, supportive, energetic, approachable and very bright individual who really knows how to make a positive difference. I will continue to recommend Steve to all my friends and colleagues who are looking to improve their overall quality of life.”
— Jon Harris
In their own words...