WHAT IS MAT®?
WHAT IS MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES®
Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) was founded on the principle that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health. Any loss of a muscle’s ability to contract optimally may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance, which may lead to pain and/or the loss of physical capabilities.
MAT® is a specific and unique process for evaluating and improving an individual’s ability to develop muscle contraction(s). By improving your muscular systems ability to contract optimally you have the ability to move without compensation, perform at your highest potential, and avoid injury.
WHAT ARE POSSIBLE REASON REASONS MUSCLES DON'T CONTRACT OPTIMALLY?
A multitude of factors such as stress, trauma, or overuse can contribute to a muscle’s inability to contract optimally. When stress, trauma, or overuse of a specific muscle occurs, the body reacts by inhibiting the ability of the muscle to contract as a defense mechanism to injury. This leads to the body recruiting other muscles to complete the task, which results in compensation. This compensation can have a cascading effect of overuse on the muscles that are contracting ultimately leading to their inhibition as well. Since you now have fewer muscles to manage your joints, discomfort and muscle tightness can occur.
As MAT® specialist we say, “Muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness.” If you can correct the in ability to contract optimally (Weakness), then most times you can eliminate the tightness. The goal is to restore your muscle’s ability to contract in order to eliminate the tightness you feel.
WHAT MAKES MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES® UNIQUE
MAT® does not diagnose or treat pathology, but works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities, which can improve a muscles strength and a joints range of motion. By improving these aspects, a person will see an increased ability for exercise and physical performance.
MAT® differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT® is not trying to “relax” muscle, but instead tries to “activate” the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and every day movements.