Who could benefit from MAT? People with:
- Chronic pain
- Specific injuries: acute and chronic
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hip/knee pain
- Herniated disc
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Foot problems/plantar fasciitis
- Tendonitis in all joints
- Sports injuries
- Pain associated with aging
- Post physical therapy enhancement
Muscle Activation Techniques, (MAT), is a revolutionary new process for correcting muscular imbalances in the body. It has dramatically improved functional capabilities in people of all age groups, providing a pain free lifestyle along with elevating sports performance and career longevity in several professional athletes.
What makes Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) unique?
MAT is a biomechanically based approach to identifying and correcting muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances cause excess stress on the body, usually manifested in the form of pain. The goal of MAT is to correct muscle imbalances in order to decrease pain and improve muscle function. The MAT philosophy is unique in that it recognizes muscle tightness is not the cause of an injury, rather it is just a symptom. The foundation to MAT is that muscle tightness is a protective response to muscle weakness. When the body senses weakness or inhibition in a muscle, then the associated joint becomes unstable. This causes the other muscles to tighten up in order to protect the joint from this instability. The conventional thought process is to stretch the tight muscles but if the coinciding weakness has not been addressed, the muscles will not relax and will remain tight. MAT will address the weakness gaining the body a sense of stability that results in an immediate relaxation of the tight muscles. The end result is increased mobility and stability.
Who is MAT good for?
MAT is an essential part of any exercise regime because it prepares the body for physical activity. MAT is ideal if you are experiencing pain in movement, are beginning an exercise program or are an athlete looking to perform at an elite level. Continuing an exercise program with inhibited muscles compound your body’s compensation patterns. By reactivating inhibited muscles, your body alignment is restored and associated pain and motion limitations are eliminated.
How is MAT different from other methods and rehabilitation techniques?
MAT’s unique therapy addresses the cause of the discomfort, not just the symptoms. Results are quick and long lasting. Normal stretching and massage techniques focus on symptoms to loosen muscle tissue, but too often those results are temporary. MAT is a great adjunct to many modalities of physical therapy and chiropractic care.
What should I expect?
MAT is performed on a treatment table. Imbalances are found through an in depth range of motion (ROM) evaluation. When a limitation in ROM is found, the practitioner will perform a series of muscle tests to determine if the muscle or groups of muscles are receiving proper neural input. When imbalances are found the practitioner will correct the imbalance through manual palpations at the attachment sites of the muscle tissue, or low load isometrics to restore proper neural input. Following treatment, the practitioner can go back and check their work by re-evaluating the ROM and retesting the same muscles creating a unique system of checks and balances.
About the founder of MAT
Muscle Activation Techniques, MAT, is an innovative treatment developed over a 20 year period by Greg Roskopf, Masters in Exercise Physiology, who has worked as a biomechanics consultant for various professional sports teams including the Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets and various professional and elite athletes.
At Norcal Muscle Clinic, MAT is our passion and we are fully committed to providing the best treatments possible. Our hope is that your dedication to health along with our expertise using the tools MAT provides will allow you to live a pain free life while functioning at the highest quality possible.