MAT is a revolutionary process that gets to the root cause of pain by addressing muscular imbalances in the body. Often, chronic pain, muscle tightness, muscle strain, joint pain and inflammation, decreased athletic or exercise performance, and osteoarthritis are caused by muscular imbalances which MAT was developed to correct. The most common causes of muscular imbalances are due to:
- Trauma from an injury or surgery
- Repetitive overuse from a sport, activity, work environment, etc…
- Stress, including different forms such as physical, emotional, and mental. Our body doesn’t differentiate the types of stress. It responds to it in the same manner.
MAT does not force change on the body but works with it to make improvements. Most other treatment modalities and therapies focus on alleviating the symptom of muscle tightness, however, MAT is a process that focuses on improving muscle function to resolve the problem and provide a more permanent solution.
How does it work?
The MAT approach is unique in that it views muscle tightness as a normal form of protection in the body. Our nervous system is constantly monitoring tension throughout the body. If it senses instability somewhere, it will increase muscle tightness or stiffness in order to provide temporary stability. Metaphorically, it’s like what happens when you walk on ice. Your stride gets shorter, your muscles tense up, and you walk slower.
MAT works to “melt the ice” by improving the function of our muscles in order to provide an increased sense of stability. When all the muscles are functioning and working together the way they’re designed to do, the body no longer has a need to tighten up muscles to protect. As a result, body alignment is restored, range of motion increases, joint stability improves, and pain is reduced or eliminated. When muscles are functioning better, YOU function and feel better. This means you can get back on the court, on the course, in the field, or in the gym and participate in the activities or sports you love. From professional and amateur athletes to exercise enthusiasts and rehabilitation patients, MAT helps prepare the body for optimal function.
Individuals who receive MAT treatment can expect to see results such as:
- Reduction or elimination of pain
- Increased joint range of motion and flexibility
- Improved joint stability
- Increased strength
- Injury prevention
- Improved recovery time from injury or surgery
- Enhanced overall function and performance for people of all ages and abilities
MAT can help individuals who may experience:
- Back pain due to herniated/bulging discs
- Sciatica nerve pain
- Shoulder pain including rotator cuff issues
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Weakness/Pain Post Hip/Knee joint replacement surgery
- Tendonitis/Bursitis issues
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscle tightness/strains
- Ankle sprains and foot problems
- Osteoarthritis pain
What are the steps in the MAT process?
Step 1: Identify limitations in joint range of motion with a detailed assessment. Any limitations identified will guide us toward the muscles that may not be functioning properly.
Step 2: Perform a specific muscular response test. The purpose of this test is to identify the specific muscle(s) that are not functioning properly.
Step 3: Treatment of the muscle with specific force applications via precise direct pressure or positional isometric muscle strengthening exercises. Precise direct pressure is performed with the practitioner’s finger tips at the attachment sites of the dysfunctional muscle. Step 2 is repeated after treatment to ensure the muscle is functioning properly.
Muscle Activation Techniques was instrumental in aiding Peyton Manning, legendary All-Pro and 5 time league MVP quarterback for the Denver Broncos, in his recovery from spinal neck surgery and return to the field in top form at the age of 37.
MAT was developed by Greg Roskopf, MS, biomechanics consultant for various professional sports organizations including the Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz, and Denver Nuggets.
For more detailed information on MAT, please visit www.muscleactivation.com.
If you are interested in exploring or experiencing the benefits achieved with MAT, please contact Certified MAT Specialist, Patrick Reed at 815-444-2948 or PREED@healthbridgefitness.com.