MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES
WHAT IS MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES?
MUSCLE TIGHTNESS=MUSCLE CONTRACTABILITY WEAKNESS
MAT is a systematic process to find and correct a muscle's decreased ability to contract which contributes to muscle tightness/decreased mobility, pain, and decreased performance. When the neuromuscular system is over-stressed, it alters the way our muscular system is able to work. Events like falls, accidents, big life changes, injuries all can alter the muscular system's function. Often times once we are out of pain after an event like that, we forget about it. However, the changes to our mechanics, muscle recruitment, etc. are still there. This is often how an old "ankle sprain, ACL repair, etc." can turn into something like back pain in the future.
When there is instability in a joint from a lack of activation in the stabilizing musculature, the body is forced to compensate for it elsewhere. This puts additional stress on muscles and joints where it is not supposed to be.
MAT sessions include a range of motion assessment to see where there is decreased mobility in joints. Specific muscle testing is then done to identify which muscles are unable to contract on demand.
Some examples of what MAT may help with are:
Performance of muscular system
Fighting the "getting old" aches and pains
Whether you've made a career of your sport or you just love to move your body, you need your muscular system to keep up. As you know, your body is in extreme ranges of motion in sport, and it's essential your muscles can protect and keep you injury-free. With MAT you can prevent injury, perform optimally, and recover quicker.
A lot of the aches and pains that people chalk up as "getting old" can be contributed to many years of not paying attention to your muscular system. Stress accumulates on the body and eventually will break down to get you to pay attention. In playing with grandkids, or keeping your competitive edge with golf, keep your body moving well year after year...confidently!
THE "I'VE TRIED IT ALL"
Often when something is hurting, people will try all of the mainstream (adjustments, PT, etc.) and can't seem to find the source of their pain. MAT targets the root cause of joint/muscular pain by seeking out where the pain is stemming from rather than treating the symptom.