What is MAT™?

MAT™ is:

  • a revolutionary approach to the assessment and correction of muscular imbalances, Joint instability, and limitations in Range of Motion within the human body.

  • a non-invasive technique, designed to balance the muscular system of people of all ages.

  • a unique systematic format used to “jumpstart” the muscleS in order for them to function with maximum efficiency.


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.

Interested in becoming an MAT™ Specialist to give your clients the benefits of Muscle Activation Techniques™?



 

Muscle Activation Techniques™ is a specific and unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to produce efficient muscle contraction. Loss of muscle contraction results in a decreased range of motion, and therefore decreased physical performance.

Range of motion testing can indicate which muscles have decreased contractibility, and precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency. The MAT™ Certified Specialist is trained and certified to perform several force application techniques that can restore function and strengthen weak muscles.

In no time at all, you will be performing your daily activities with ease, whether that means throwing 100 yard passes or walking up the stairs!

See For Yourself

See for yourself what MAT™ can do for you to decrease muscular imbalances and address muscle pain. Call 303-745-4270 Ext. 1 to schedule your appointment today at our Denver World Headquarters office, or visit our Find a Specialist page to find a practitioner near you!

FAQs

Yes! MAT™ is a precise and focused exercise process that can be used as an adjunct to any number of other exercise processes. MAT™ can help an individual prepare for exercise, help someone sustain an exercise program and support rehabilitation for certain conditions when deemed appropriate by medical providers.
We recommend that you do the exercises two to three times per day for two weeks to restore the connection of a weakened muscle. Of course this varies with every individual. If you are continuing with the activity that contributed to the problem in the first place, it may be wise to discontinue this activity for a period of time and allow the body to heal. The exercises should help you to restore the connection and return to your normal exercise routine safely.
MAT™ is a technique that helps athletes recover from competitive stress quickly and help them prevent future injuries. MAT™ prepares the body to be more efficient in training and athletic performance. In order to reach optimal performance capabilities, an athlete is forced to train at high intensity levels. Because of this, there is always the risk for injury. Some athletes may be predisposed to an injury, due to muscular contraction inefficiencies that place increased stress on joints and tissues. When training at a high level, the inefficiencies are magnified, and sometimes the body can no longer handle the stress, eventually breaking down. It is like driving a car with bad alignment. The faster you drive it, the faster the tires are going to wear out. The body functions in much the same way. The goal of MAT™ is to address the weakness before an injury occurs. Conventional therapy will typically treat the symptom, but the cause of the problem is typically left unaddressed. The end result is that the athlete does not heal, or they go on to experience repetitive injuries or a more severe injury. MAT™ not only helps to prevent injuries, but it can also assist a rehabilitation process. By balancing the muscular system, MAT™ provides an improved environment for restoring physical performance. This allows the athlete to return to sport sooner with improved athletic capabilities. "The benefit of MAT™ is that the changes can be immediate" says Greg Roskopf, the founder and developer of MAT. "A professional baseball pitcher increased his throwing velocity by 10 mph, immediately following a MAT™ session. This was due to improved mechanics combined with pain free motion. We see these types of changes every day."
MAT™ was founded on the principle that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health and that a muscle’s ability to contract efficiently is important for normal movement. Any loss of muscle contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance, which may lead to pain and/or the loss of physical capabilities. MAT™ is a specific and unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to develop efficient muscle contraction(s) by first comparing left and right side range of motion, as the human body is designed to be symmetrical. 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 the less mobile limb is potentially weak. The muscles that are responsible for moving the limb further are then assessed by the MAT™ Specialist 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.
MAT™ does not force change on the body but instead works with it to make improvements, causing changes in motion via improvements in muscle contraction. An MAT™ specialist listens to your body’s responses and changes their treatment decisions based on these responses. Each client is treated as an individual with their own muscular weaknesses and compensation patterns. Therefore, no treatment session is ever the same. MAT™ does not diagnose or treat pathology, but works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities and the resulting range of motion and strength of that muscle/limb. By improving these aspects, a person will see an increased ability for exercise and physical performance. MAT™ differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT™ is not trying to "relax" muscle, but instead tries to "activate" the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and every day movements.
A multitude of factors such as trauma, stress, or overuse can contribute to muscle weakness. When you exercise, there is a period of exertion and then recovery. It is normal to feel fatigue. When there is trauma, stress or overuse, the muscle may not recover until properly rested. If this is habitual, (i.e. sitting at the computer for hours per day, over the course of many years) then the result can be muscle weakness. The central nervous system detects various forms of stress and as a defense mechanism, inhibits the ability of muscles to contract. When a particular set of muscles contract or shorten, the opposing or antagonist muscles lengthen. In contrast, the lengenthing muscles may lose their ability to lengthen because the opposite muscles cannot contract. Your body produces a protection mechanism to keep the body from moving into a position of weakness or vulnerability. A sudden trauma to the body may also cause a muscle to become weakened, such as slipping on ice and moving into an extreme range of motion suddenly. Our goal is to eliminate this "tightness" by simply restoring your muscle’s ability to contract. At MAT™ we say, "Muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness." If you can correct the weakness, then most times you can eliminate the tightness.

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