What is MAT?
Like your car, your body needs tune ups. The more you race, the more your tires wear out and require more care and repair. Your body is like your car except that you don’t belong to any specific brand. You have a unique body with a unique mechanics and history. MAT is not a protocol-based therapy. We instead, offer an individualized approach to assess your muscular imbalances and address your biomechanics to specifically work towards achieving health.
As we accumulate stresses and traumas to the body throughout life, our muscular system becomes more dysfunctional and weaker. In response to such weak muscles, adjacent muscles start to become tight or tense to manage the stability of the related joints. Such tension leads to joint instability that consequently leads to pain and an increased risk of injury.
Muscular tension is thus paradoxically not the problem, but rather a symptom of muscular weakness.
The goal of MAT is to get to the root of the problem and indirectly relieve muscular tension by addressing the underlying weak or neurologically inhibited muscles. MAT’s technique enables our specialists to identify where these muscular weaknesses are and increase the muscle’s ability to respond to stresses through manual therapy or isometric exercises.
MAT in parallel with a strategically designed exercise program that promotes strengthening of these specific muscles, will result in a more balanced muscular system. You will be able to perform more, with less consequences ie decreased joint wear. Everybody can benefit from MAT, wherever you are on the exercise continuum and whether you want to recover or prevent injuries or to enhance performance and function.
The MAT process
MAT specialists use a joint Range of Motion exam tool to find inhibited muscles. We compare range of motion of the right side to the left side and look for asymmetrical range of motion.
Once identified, muscles that are responsible for motion at that range are tested (a force is applied to see if the muscle is able to “fire” and hold a contraction) and if the muscle test fails, the bony attachments of the muscle is palpated to send information to the nervous system in order to reestablish the muscle’s neurological connection to the brain. The muscle is then tested again to check if it can “fire”.
The process is continued with all muscles associated with the limited range of motion. As those muscles become more receptive to force, the related joint becomes more stable and mobility is improved.
At the end, another joint range of motion exam is done to check for improvements in range of motion.
Who is MAT for?
MAT has proven beneficial in helping people protect joints from uneven wear, recover from injuries faster, and enhance performance.
MAT helps restore muscular balance and joint stability in order for the body to function better and can thus help anyone who have developed muscular imbalances and compensations due to, well life.
How long and how often does a person need treatment?
Each MAT treatment session is 60 min. The frequency of MAT sessions depends on each individual; on the severity and nature of the problem, and on your lifestyle as well. Ideally, a client would start with treatments twice a week and then the frequency of the sessions may be reduced to once a week, once every 2 weeks and later to once a month.
Who is behind MAT?
Greg Roskopf is the founder of Muscle Activation Techniques™ and he is a biomechanical consultant for various professional sports teams including: the Denver Broncos, the Utah Jazz, and the Denver Nuggets.