Maximizing Muscle Movement: Achieving symmetry and contractile efficiency with MAT®

Maximizing Muscle Movement: Achieving symmetry and contractile efficiency with MAT®

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When we strive for peak performance or simply want to help combat the aging effects, muscle maintenance is one area of fitness that needs attention. However, there is more to it than just strengthening sessions and increasing weights at the gym. Communication between your brain and your muscles is an important factor to consider, and that is where Muscle Activation Technique® (MAT®) comes into play

As a doctor of podiatry, I have seen many injuries and ailments that are due largely to asymmetry of the hips and lower extremities which could not be successfully treated by traditional medicine. MAT® is a fairly new therapy that assesses and helps train your muscles for symmetry and contractile efficiency. Here is how it works: when a muscle is too weak to stabilize a joint, the brain senses this and tells the other muscles around the joint to “tighten up” to keep that joint safe. MAT® improves your brain’s connectivity to the muscles and allows the muscles to function better. Just like the current from your car’s battery, if there is a bad connection, the motor will not respond. Similarly, muscles that are not receiving proper communication from the brain become weak or do not function well…

By: Stacey Clarke, DPM and MAT® Specialist

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