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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aaron Mattes Therapy; 1st edition (March 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965639630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965639637
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aaron Mattes received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Wisconsin State University-Superior, 1970, majoring in Physical Education. Mattes received his Master of Science Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1972, with special emphasis in Kinesiology and Kinesiotherapy. Mattes served as pitching coach for the University of Illinois baseball team from 1970-1976. Over the past 45 years, he has spent well over 250,000 hours in sports participation, sports and health instruction, rehabilitation, athletic training, adapted physical education, sports medicine, training and prevention programs. He is a registered Kinesiotherapist (#449) and a certified member of the American Kinesiotherapy Association. He is a licensed Massage Therapist (#3864) and a member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association (#3864). Mattes is a member of the Association of Medical Rehabilitation Administrators, and the National Rehabilitation Association (#039204).

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By G. Lane on August 27, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
Mattes is a PT so his credentials are strong. The book has large color photos and is very easy to follow. Mattes shows the easiest stretch for each muscle, each muscle group, and self-stretches for the patient. Nothing is better than this book for stretches! I am presently a medical student in chiropractic so finding the right book is essential for my education and for my eventual practice. I actually found this book at my own doctor's office and I liked it so much I bought a copy for myself! Make your life easier and stop looking for other books - just get this book and be done with it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Linda on March 20, 2012
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I have both this book and the classic Anderson stretching book. I've also searched the Internet. This concept is different. These stretches are to be done in series for 2 seconds. They are done in such a way that the opposition muscles contract, which makes the body relax the muscles to be stretched. I've been able to stretch muscles I've never been able to before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.R. of IL on August 22, 2013
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For a trained Physical Therapist, this book is fabulous, I am sure. It is loaded with all of the information you need to do this sort of strengthening and I do believe in the system. For the ordinary athlete this book is a bit thick with detail and lacking in user friendliness. It is illustrated well and certainly explained but I got weary of trudging through all of that so I could figure out what I should do in my situation.

That said, it is a very complete and well illustrated text that is useful for many people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By georgehd on February 20, 2013
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This method and book were suggested to me by a trainer who studied with Aaron Mattes. I like having a book like this in the exercise room in my home. Many of the stretches require another person to help but all stretches can be performed alone. You can do a google search and find a number of sites that use the Mattes method and many of them have video instructions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aletha Stolar on March 31, 2013
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I was introduced to this technique by a dear & trusted friend. I had major trauma to my right index finger - fingertip amputation & PIP dislocation reduction surgery. This technique has enabled the beginning of active PIP flexion.
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