Muscle Activation Techniques also referred to as MAT
Evaluating & Correcting Muscular Imbalances as a Prerequisite to Exercise
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Who can benefit from MAT?
Athletes, fitness enthusiasts, active and/or sedentary individuals who have experienced any of the following conditions can benefit from MAT.
MAT's goal is to restore function to anyone who wishes to move and play pain free!
About Muscle Activation Techniques
•MAT is a revolutionary systematic approach to the assessment and correction of muscular imbalances in the human body. It is a straightforward drug-free, non-invasive technique with proven results. This technique is critical to ensuring success in any fitness training program, as it scientifically bridges the gap between rehabilitation and fitness.
•The Foundation of the MAT thought process is that Muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness. MAT recognizes that muscles tighten up as a protective measure that is secondary to the instability that results due to muscle weakness.
•While other modalities treat the symptom, MAT treats the cause.
MAT enables you a new lease on your active lifestyle. With MAT, you can return to the golf course, tennis court, ski slopes or athletic field with renewed strength and without pain. With MAT, athletes of all ages will perform at a higher level without injury, allowing them to "stay in the game".
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What happens during a MAT Jumpstart Session.
•The MAT evaluation: Is unique since it looks at the mechanical relationships that exist between the function of all joints. Through a thorough foundation of biomechanics, MAT looks at how all joints are interrelated and that abnormal mechanics in one joint may affect motion at another joint. e.g. the effect of foot mechanics on hip, shoulder and cervical function.
Step One: First the MAT jumpstart trainer identifies restrictions in motion, joint instability, muscular tightness and compensation patterns. Limitations in range of motion indicate positions of weakness or neuromuscular deficits.
Step Two: Once positional limitations in range of motion have been identified, the plane or planes of weakness must be uncovered. To accomplish this, joint-specific muscle testing (jump-start positional testing) is applied through precise planes dictated by limited range of motion.
Step Three: Once the positions of instability have been identified, the neurological connection must be restored. To strengthen these positions of instability, specific, graded-intensity isometrics are used to restore proper proprioceptive input to the muscle spindle.
Step Four: Re-test to make sure that the ROM and strength have been restored.
The Results: Increased ROM and strength, decrease or elimination of pain, and creation of a mechanically and neurologically advantageous environment for healing.
The End Result is: Stabililty with Mobility
* This technique was developed by Greg Roskopf, MS. Greg has worked as a Biomechanics consultant for various professional organizations including the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets and the Denver Broncos. **In this context, diminished muscle spindle sensitivity is referred to as a neuromuscular deficit.