What is MAT?
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Muscle Activation Techniques, (MAT) is a dynamic muscular assessment system that analyzes and corrects muscular imbalances. It has been successful in the reduction and elimination of pain and fatigue, as well as enhancing muscle recovery in athletes and non-athletes alike. This unique method was developed by Greg Roskopf, a biomechanics expert who has worked as a consultant for the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz. For more information, please visit the MAT web site at www.muscleactivation.com.

What is MAT?

It's not training • It's not massage
It's not physical therapy •
It's MAT!

A revolutionary new process has evolved for correcting muscular imbalances in the body. It has dramatically improved functional capabilities in all age groups, along with elevating sports performance and career longevity in several competitive athletes. This process is a biomechanical-based method called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT™).

MAT is designed to correct body alignment in order to prepare the body for what it is being asked to perform. Regardless of the type of physical activity…golf, tennis, weight training, or simply walking up stairs…the MAT procedure addresses the weak links; thereby allowing the body to function most efficiently while minimizing pain and reducing the risk of injury.

Imbalances develop in all of us over time as a result of overuse, stress, trauma and other deficiencies. Years of incorrect patterns of movement reinforce compensation patterns that become habitual, eventually leading to structural abnormalities. Pain is always an indicator that something is not functioning properly. Masking the problem through medication, or other treatments may only serve as a temporary fix, with side effects and pain returning within hours or days. MAT gets to the cause of the imbalance.

MAT at a glance...

Is a dynamic approach that treats muscular imbalances to reduce or eliminate pain and fatigue, and speed muscle recovery.
 A non-invasive methodology for improving everyday activities for all age groups and body types.
Allows the body to achieve optimal levels of function, without pain or injury by increasing the body's range of motion, restoring muscular alignment and eliminating compensation patterns.
It is also the missing link to other therapy and exercise procedures, since it provides a checks-and-balances system designed to identify and treat the causes of chronic pain and injury.*

*NOTE: MAT does not treat pain directly, but rather, it is designed to use pain as an indication as to what might
be wrong. MAT gets to the root of pain or injury by addressing muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness.

More about how MAT works…

MAT attacks pain at its roots: inhibited muscles cause your body to compensate and become misaligned, resulting in pain and injury. Continuing an exercise program with inhibited muscles can compound your body's compensation patterns, thus magnifying the problem. By re-activating your muscles to function properly with MAT, your body alignment is restored. Associated pain and motion limitations are eliminated, so you are ready to enjoy the exercise and activities you used to do. MAT eliminates the causes of your pain, not just the symptoms.  

MAT’s premise is that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health and that muscle’s health (demonstrated by its ability to contract efficiently) is important for normal movement. Any loss of muscle(s) contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance, which may lead to subjective complaints and/or the loss of physical capabilities.

MAT is a specific and unique process* for evaluating an individual’s ability to develop efficient muscle contraction(s) by first measuring and comparing specific limb and trunk motions of the body right side to left side, as the human body tends to be symmetrical in its structure right side to left side.

It is referred to as a “process” as there are hundreds of muscles and joints to be evaluated in order to uncover the muscle issues that could be contributing to the loss of physical performance and any associated subjective complaints, which leads to what could be many sessions of work to solve the problems.

If an asymmetry in motion between the two sides exists then the one that moves less is interpreted as having the potential for a loss of muscle contraction capabilities for one or more of the muscles that should be contracting to move the joint/limb further. The muscles that are capable of moving the limb further are assessed by the MAT Specialist to determine if they have lost the ability to contract efficiently. When it has been determined through testing that a muscle has lost its efficient contractile ability then precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency.

As muscles are restored to efficient contraction MAT uses a system of accountability (checks and balances) to ensure that any increases in motion and symmetry are accompanied by improvements in muscle contractile efficiency.

MAT does not force change on the body but works with it to make improvements, strategically negotiating changes in motion and muscle contraction. If any intervention is made and motion decreases, and/or muscle contraction efficiency is lost, then it is interpreted and respected that the body is not ready to accept the change at this time and new decisions are made to move the body towards increased motion with improved contraction.

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