Muscle Activation Technique
As MAT™ Specialists , We can not only help you identify and correct muscular deficiencies causing your pain, but can provide you the guidance necessary to maintain your health outside our studio.
Both Vicki and PauI know first hand how pain can keep you from doing things you love. Our purpose is to help you regain your life – whether it means playing a sport you love, playing with your kids, or just moving without pain.
Muscle Activation Techniques™ assesses and corrects muscular imbalances, joint instability, and limitations in range of motion for people of all ages.
What Is MAT™
MAT™ identifies and addresses muscular imbalances and weakness that lead to inefficient function, lack of flexibility, pain and injury. It is designed to balance the muscular system. Muscle activation technique is used to “jumpstart” the muscle in order for them to function with maximum efficiency.
- MAT™ addresses the muscular system’s role in chronic pain and injury.
- MAT™ treats the CAUSE of your pain, not the symptom.
- MAT™ prepares the body for exercise, sport and daily activity.
- MAT™ can decrease muscle tightness and increase muscle control and ease of movement.
- MAT™ improves joint stability and strength.
- MAT™ helps you develop proper mechanics to avoid pain and injury.
WHAT IS IN A MAT SESSION
You will begin with a discussion with Vicki or Paul. We we ask about your health history, past issues and problems now. After that, you we will compare left and right side range of motion, as the human body is designed to be symmetrical. This may be done standing sitting or on a table (comparable to a massage table).
If a movement is determined to be asymmetrical (i.e. one limb has a greater range of motion than then opposite limb) as determined by the Comparative Assessment of Mobility or CAM, then we know that one or more muscles that moves that limb is potentially weak. The muscles that are responsible for moving the limb further are then assessed to determine if they have lost the ability to contract efficiently.
When it has been determined through testing that a muscle has lost its ability to contract, then precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency, re-activating that muscle. As muscles are restored to efficient contraction, MAT™ uses a system of accountability (checks and balances) to ensure that any increases in motion and symmetry are accompanied by improvements in a muscle’s contractile ability.
WHY IS MAT DIFFERENT
Most other therapies focus on the symptoms of muscle tightness. Muscle Activation Technique (MAT™) focuses on improving muscle function to resolve the issues that lead to tightness, compromised performance, and slow recovery. One of the principals of MAT™ is that ‘tightness” is secondary to weakness. So, whereby other modalities will suggest you stretch or massage a tight muscle, MAT™ analyzes the body for the weakness that is causing the tightness. When those muscles are corrected, the tight muscles will release.
WHO IS MAT FOR
MAT™ is effective for EVERYONE from elite athletes to rehabilitation patients, and anyone in between. MAT™ has been successfully implemented with professional athletes (NFL, NBA, NHL, CFL, PGA, etc.) in clinical rehabilitative, personal training environments, and countless other settings.
GREG ROSKOPF, MAT FOUNDER
Greg Roskopf has devoted his career to the study of the “cause and effect” of the muscular system and how it relates to pain. As the author of the Roskopf Principle and the founder of Muscle Activation Techniques he not only developed the MAT™ program but also created a curriculum for this technique that has been taught to students all across the globe. Muscle Activation Techniques fills the gap between the medical and the exercise fields. Greg has over two decades of experience applying MAT™ to his clients and developing students into competent and respected practitioners.
Greg has worked as a consultant for various professional sports teams including: the Denver Broncos, the Utah Jazz, and the Denver Nuggets. Beyond this, Greg works with clients at all physical capability levels who are looking to address challenges they experience due to injury, stress, or trauma to their muscular system.