|Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)|
MAT is a specific and unique process used to evaluate, and correct, an individual’s ability to develop efficient muscle contractions, as it relates to any physical movement. It is unique because it works to “activate” weak muscles, rather than trying to make tight muscles relax. MAT does not force change on the body, but instead works with it to improve strength so normal range of motion can be restored. The goal of MAT is to improve the contractile capability of muscles improving enhance athletic performance and preventing injuries. Click here to see if you are a candidate for MAT.
MAT sessions are conducted by an MAT specialist who has undergone intensive training and certification by Greg Roskopf, MAT founder and Biomechanics Consultant to the Denver Broncos. Each session is about an hour in length, and consist of the following steps:
- Comparative Mobility Assessment: Motion of the trunk and limbs are measured using several muscle tests, comparing the right and left sides.
- Active Muscle Contract & Sustain Manual Muscle Test: If a difference in range-of-motion exists between the right and left sides, the MAT Specialist will ‘test’ the weak area by requiring light resistance from the suspected weak muscle.
- Positional Iso-Angular Contraction: If resistance is low (i.e. muscle weakness is confirmed), the MAT specialist will guide the less-mobile area through a series of movements so as to restore proper range of motion.
- Digital Force Application to Muscle Attachment: To secure the re-established range of motion, precise but light resistance is applied to restore the muscle’s efficiency, and “activate” its ability to contract better.