Muscle Activation Techniques is all about assessing and correcting muscular imbalances, joint instability and limitations in range of motion in the human body. It is beneficial for:
- Injury rehabilitation
- Maximising athletic performance, and
- Enabling participation in exercise
MAT® Practitioners assess active range of motion in order to determine which muscles are potentially weak. They then look to activate and strengthen muscles that may be weak or inhibited due to stress, trauma or overuse. Often this opens up range of motion and can reduce feelings of tightness, pain or instability.
MAT® is based on the principle that flexibility is a derivative of strength and muscle "tightness" is secondary to muscle weakness. A limitation in motion is an indicator that one or more of the muscles that cross that axis cannot contract efficiently. MAT® seeks to identify these limitations and then restore and/or improve the contractile efficiency of muscle.
MAT® Sessions are non-invasive in the sense that they do not push people past active ranges of motion. The sessions may involve palpating/massaging the attachment sites of muscle, however this is largely a painless process. MAT® is not about passively "stretching", rather it is about activating and strengthening muscle.
If you've got a niggling injury or are experiencing joint pain or muscle tightness, book in a session and see how Muscle Activation Techniques can benefit you.