About the Associative Awareness Techniques™ (AAT™) Program
- Chronic Pain
- Depression & Anxiety
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Failed Surgery Syndrome
- Unexplained Pain Patterns
- Limiting Beliefs
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Chronic Conditions are NOT caused by the Human Body
Chronic Conditions begin and end within the Human Brain
First, understand that your body is kind of like your car.
When you get into your car and provide instructions to the machinery (turning it on, adjusting your seat/mirrors/radio, putting the car into gear, turning the steering wheel, stepping on the brake and gas pedals...), the car responds with the appropriate actions.
Without instructions from the driver, the car doesn't do ANYTHING!
Your body is no different.
See, your body is the car and your brain is the driver.
Your brain (Central Nervous System) provides instructions for every function that occurs inside your body. Your body is in constant communication with your brain at all times, every second of your life.
Your brain is this amazing super computer that receives, processes and analyzes a staggering amount of information every second of your life...
but that's not all... Your brain also provides specific instructions to every tissue, organ and system within your body... every second of your life!
Here's another way to think about this:
Your body is not the cause of your condition, rather merely the symptom. Many of you with chronic conditions suffer from persistent tension to your shoulders, neck and back of your head. Many of you have had treatments like physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage...
Feels pretty good... for awhile. Then, the symptoms come back. Why?! If the muscle is the problem, and you treat the muscle... why do your symptoms return?
Because the muscle is NOT the problem. Your muscles are simply responding to instructions being sent by your brain. For those of you caught in this protective cycle, your symptom patterns return no matter what you try because your brain continues to send instructions of protection throughout your body.
To sum it up, Your Brain is the Driver...
...Your Body is the Car!
Second, we have to understand how your Brain reacts during times of trauma so that we can begin to understand why your body still hurts.
Your instincts take over during times of trauma. (Understanding this will enlighten many of you with answers to so many questions you've had for so long)
The Human Brain is the most amazing Super Computer known!
Like any super computer, your brain has a hard drive.
This is called your Brainstem, and it lies at the base of your brain, just above your spinal cord.
Your brainstem houses a part of your Central Nervous System that controls ALL of the automatic functions that occur within your body to keep you alive.
Things like: breathing, management of every internal organ and system (not to mention the interaction of all organs and systems...), fight and flight protective reflexes...
This part of your Central Nervous System (called the Autonomic (automatic) Nervous System), is always functioning, every second of your life. This is the part of your brain that "takes over" when you experience trauma. This is where your brain stores your Survival Instincts, in the hard drive… in the most primitive, base level your brain... so that your instincts can protect your life.
When you experience trauma through injury, accident, abuse of any kind, stress (death, loss of job, divorce, illness) or any situation combined with a sense of helplessness, your survival instincts of Fight and Flight turn on without your conscious permission or awareness.Most of you will recognize the pattern of Fight and Flight in the body:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased breathing rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Hormone shift toward producing more adrenalin
- Dry mouth
- Butterflies in Stomach
- Sweaty palms
- Poor focus / concentration
- Increased frustration / anxiety
- Muscle tension and pain
These are normal reactions when your protective instincts take over. As your brain shifts into protection mode, your body's organs and systems receive new instructions from your brain's hard drive (Autonomic Nervous System).
These instructions result in the patterns you see listed above...
the patterns of Chronic Conditions!
The problem for those of you suffering from chronic conditions is the repetitive activation of this instinctive process over time. When you have been suffering for a long time, your brain has inevitably activated this protective pattern over and over and over.
Repetition = Habit
For many of you reading this, your Nervous Systems have formed a habit of activating this instinctive protection inappropriately. Like a false alarm.
When this false alarm is activated so many times and for so long, the result is a habit of your brain always instructing your body to maintain a pattern of high level protection.
You begin to develop emotional associations of anger, helplessness, sadness, frustration, hopelessness, fear... throughout your experiences.
In time, your emotions have a dramatic impact upon your chronic patterns.
For most of you, when your stress levels increase, so do your physical symptom patterns.
As you develop emotional associations to your chronic condition, you also begin to develop experiential associations (memories) of your limitations and even anticipatory fears based upon those memories. This occurs within your conscious brain, or Neo-Cortex. This is the big noodle you think of when you picture your brain. This is where you live: your awareness, memories, creativity, logic, humor, problem solving, concentration...
Your thoughts, memories and their associations, as well as anticipatory expectations can also heavily influence the activation of fight and flight protective patterns.
So, the problem of chronic conditions lives within all three base divisions of the brain:
Houses the Autonomic (automatic) Nervous System. This is the most primitive level of the brain and is charged with all things related to survival. Requires no conscious permission or awareness.
The Limbic system,
or emotional brain creates emotional associations to experiences and memories. There is a conscious component to the emotional brain, as well as an unconscious component.
is your conscious brain. This is the big noodle. Where your conscious memories are stored, your anticipatory expectations, thoughts, beliefs...
Chronic conditions have a heavy impact upon all three levels within the brain. The resulting imbalances are often repeated so many times, that habits develop. Habits that recreate the very symptom pattern you are suffering from. No pills help. No treatments last. No one fully understands. No Hope.
Associative Awareness Techniques™ are specifically designed to restore
balance within all three levels of your brain so that you can
finally find lasting relief in your body.
AAT™ is a 6 step process for restoring balance within your Central Nervous System and re-training your brain to stop sending false alarms throughout your body.
Each step of AAT™ has a specific target within your brain with a common goal of restoring balance to your Central Nervous System.
Steps 1 and 2 are specifically designed to create balance within your Autonomic Nervous System. (Your brain's hard drive).
Steps 3 and 4 are specifically designed to target the Limbic System (emotional brain) and break negative emotional associations that result in the activation of fight and flight protective patterns.
Steps 5 and 6 are specifically designed to break experiential associations and anticipatory expectations within the Neo-Cortex (conscious brain) and fully break the habitual cycle chronic conditions within your lives.
You can perform ALL 6 STEPS
right from home!
Step 2: Reflax™ is the only step that is not completely self applied. This important step in the AAT™ process requires someone trusted to perform a hands-on technique upon your body. This can be a medical professional or your spouse, friend or family member.
The sequencing of how we create lasting balance within the brain and reset the cycle of chronic conditions is very important.
First: we must start by shutting down the instinctive protection patterns within the body. This means we have to target the Brainstem, which houses the Autonomic (automatic) Nervous System. This is the specific goal of Level 1.
Second: we must break old, negative emotional associations housed within the Limbic System (emotional brain). Level 2 targets both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the Limbic system.
Third: we must change the way our conscious associations, memories and anticipatory expectations have become patterned to trigger that old fight and flight response within our bodies. Level 3 is specifically designed for this task.
This protocol has been developed over years of working with people just like you… people suffering from chronic conditions without any answers.
Associative Awareness Techniques™ continue to shock health care practitioners with results they never thought were possible. You can achieve these same results by applying this technique, in sequence... as recommended, right from your own home.
Scott Musgrave, MSPT
Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1997, with the intent of pursuing the profession of Physical Therapy. He had been exposed to the benefits of PT through the life experience of his younger brother suffering a motorcycle accident, being rendered a quadriplegic. Scott earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1999. Since that time, Scott has acquired hundreds of hours of continuing education in Physical Therapy.
Scott has acquired a vast knowledge of the physiological consequences of trauma through his own life experiences and an unyielding pursuit of research and understanding within the realm of Chronic Conditions. Through the merger of his acquired expertise and personal life experiences, Scott went on to be the driving force and creator of Associative Awareness Techniques™ (AAT™). He now dedicates his professional life to educating health care professionals and individuals alike with this new, exciting treatment intervention so that the millions of people suffering from chronic conditions can take back control within their own lives.
Scott has partnered with Ernie Quinlisk, PT to bring this treatment intervention and all associated training opportunities to Healthcare practitioners and consumers alike. He has helped assemble a medical and scientific advisory board to further the movement of helping those afflicted with chronic conditions and educating the medical community at large with cutting edge information.
Scott owns and operates Musgrave Wellness and Performance, Denver's premier private Physical Therapy practice. He specializes in complex, chronic conditions and personal and athletic performance enhancement. He and Ernie have formed a company focused upon providing cutting edge medical techniques and information, Wellness and Performance. Scott has dedicated his personal and professional life to furthering the movement of treating chronic conditions and better understanding the human experience from a neurological perspective.
Scott is married to Marci Jensen, MSPT and has two children, Ty and Kaya. Scott and his family call Littleton, CO their home. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, fishing, boating, tennis, climbing and being with his children and family.
Ernie Quinlisk, PT
Ernie received his Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1984. Following his path of service, Ernie found physical therapy to be the link between his passion for understanding the psychological and physical relationships of chronic pain. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1987. Over the years, Ernie has accumulated over 700 hours of continuing education in his field of expertise.
Ernie has lectured to the general public and professional groups on various topics in relation to various types of pain. In the past, he has addressed both the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association and Physical Therapy classes at the University of Colorado, where he specifically addressed the treatment of kneecap pain. Ernie was also the Keynote speaker of the Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association's fall symposium in 1998. The topic was "An Eclectic Approach to Treating Lower Extremity Dysfunction for Physical Therapists". He is known for his outside of the box thinking which has fueled his professional passion for understanding why chronic pain patients do not improve with conventional methods of treatment. His own life experiences have provided an understanding of how stress affects our physical body and the difficulty of finding answers.
Ernie is excited to be working with his colleague and partner Scott Musgrave, MSPT and the company they have formed called Wellness and Performance. Scott and Ernie have created an exciting new approach for the treatment of chronic conditions called Associative Awareness Technique™ or AAT™. AAT™ has been successful in the treatment of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Trauma, Stress, Failed Surgery Syndromes, PTSD and other issues of chronicity. He works hard with his partner Scott Musgrave, MSPT to research and refine the AAT™ treatment approach. Scott and Ernie also work with respected medical and scientific advisors to ensure the information provided in regards to AAT™ is scientific, practical and current.
Ernie is originally from DuBois, Pennsylvania and has practiced Physical Therapy in Colorado since 1989. He is the president of Precision Physical Therapy in Louisville, Colorado. He is the partner of Scott Musgrave, MSPT in their company called Wellness and Performance. He is married to his wife Karen and has two active teenage boys, Casey and Jordan.