Can’t say thank you enough

Thank you for healing me when I thought there was no way I could complete a full marathon.  I completed the marathon in 5 hours and 15 minutes pain free!  There was muscle soreness, of course, but it was bearable and I had no other pain!  I stopped and did my exercises every so often but was in good shape.  Just wanted to say thank you for helping me reach my goal!

–Michelle S.

Excerpt from Michael Palmer

Paul gave me a thorough and conscientious assessment of my muscular strengths and weaknesses.  At the end of the session he recommended a series of isometric exercises to do to maintain strength in muscles whose function he had restored. I recommend Paul Ciske without hesitation…He is conscientious, thorough, and offers his service at a reasonable cost.

–Mike Palmer,
Thirteen time finisher of the Western States 100 mile endurance run
Twelve time finisher of the Angeles Crest 100 mile endurance run

Full recommendation from Michael Palmer, Finisher Western States and Angeles Crest, 100 mile endurance runs:

Late in March 2004 I tore my left medial posterior meniscus. Running was impossible. The prognosis I received from an orthopedist was that without arthroscopic surgery I had about a six month layoff from any activity that stressed the knee and a questionable return to running. I began doing physical therapy without any significant improvement in knee joint function. I thought surgery was inevitable.

During this time I was depressed from the belief that I would not be able to return to running for the rest of my life. I had recently received an email from Paul Ciske about how he had become certified to do a type of rehabilitative therapy called “Muscle Activation Techniques”.

I had known Paul years ago when I went to him for personal training. I was impressed with his deep knowledge of physiology and resistance training and his openness to new ideas about conditioning. I decided to give MAT a try; I felt I had nothing to lose. Paul gave me a thorough and conscientious assessment of my muscular strengths and weaknesses.

At the end of the session he recommended a series of isometric exercises to do to maintain strength in muscles whose function he had restored. After this first session I was able to progress from a five mile shuffling attempt at running to a return to running a ten mile loop that I routinely ran before I was injured. After the second session I progressed to a 22 mile run; this was followed by a 37 mile run. I was able to do these runs without experiencing any residual knee pain. I seriously began contemplating entering the Dick Collins’ Firetrails Fifty Mile trail run in early October. I had a third MAT session a couple of weeks before Firetrails Fifty. I was apprehensive about doing the race. I thought I would probably have to drop before the halfway point.

In the late afternoon of October 9, 2004, I not only finished Firetrails but I ran a time that qualified me for the 2005 lottery for the Western States 100! Four months ago, I thought doing any of this was impossible. Needless to say, I recommend MAT. At the very least it is a worthwhile adjunct to the more traditional joint mobility therapies.

And I recommend Paul Ciske without hesitation. He is conscientious, thorough, and offers his service at a reasonable cost.