In 2003, I opened Make The Connection, LLC to address something that most clinics, practitioners and treatment philosophies miss: the root cause of patients' pain, dysfunction and injury. After years spent working in the traditional health and fitness industry, and frustrated by the lack of results it produced for both my patients and myself, I opened my own PT practice to treat the source, not just treat symptoms.
Named for the many layers of connection that can be made within the human body and that extend to its surrounding environment, Make The Connection, LLC strives to achieve optimal health and performance for all of our clients. Using Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT™), I can literally make the connection and reestablish communication between the muscles and the central nervous system that turns on—or resets—the muscles. By optimizing the performance of the nervous system and reactivating weak or non-functioning muscles, the body no longer compensates for the weakness or dysfunction and the associated pain ceases.
MAT provides a kind of owner's manual for the human body, allowing one to understand the interrelatedness of the body's systems, muscles, joints, nerves, motions and functions. Through my practice with Make The Connection, I also educate patients about the connection between what they put into their bodies and the performance that follows. Once you understand how to read the manual, analysis of the body will reveal this performance information and allow one to unravel its story to the beginning.
Each person has their own unique patterns of compensation, even if they experience pain in the same area(s) as someone else. Consequently, each MAT treatment is a unique, individual experience addressing the dysfunction and muscular imbalances that can be the accumulation of a long history of compensation and injury. Correcting these root elements of pain and imbalance is what MAT can achieve; it can give you back the life you thought forever lost.
One of the most experienced Muscle Activation Techniques Specialists in Colorado, Sharon Switzer brings years of experience as a Physical Therapist, former EMT and personal trainer to her unique approach to achieving optimal health and performance with her clients. Combining her knowledge of biomechanics, sports performance and muscle function with nutrition and health optimization, her successful, holistic approach gets to the root of any injury, pain or problem, allowing clients to train more effectively, prevent injury, increase flexibility and stability and learn the specifics of their own body. Sharon has successfully helped patients avoid unnecessary surgery, resolved chronic pain conditions, returned patients to sports they believed were forever a thing of the past and maximized sports performance. She has treated athletes of all kinds, partial spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, chronic and acute injuries and even the physical stresses that can arise from ordinary events like going to the dentist, orthodontist and hair dresser. Sharon can also explain why external supports like sports braces, orthotics, and special shoes are only a crutch and, once function is restored to the body, they are unnecessary.
Sharon has spent her life working in the health and fitness industry. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Biology and her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She continues to grow as a practitioner through further education and research in her tireless effort to help her patients find answers and hope to return to their active lives.