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As a qualified physical therapist, you should not be content with the skills acquired in school. Rather, you should make a conscious effort to learn new skills. Being a good physical therapist involves growth and more experience, which means learning new physical therapy techniques. 

There are a lot of essential skills needed for physical therapy that could be readily acquired post-school. One of these is the muscle activation technique. As with all physical therapy procedures, the muscle activation technique is a non- invasive technique with the end goal of developing and maintaining the muscular system of people. The muscle activation technique is not restricted to any particular age group, social class or even professional group. 

Why Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®)?

The muscles form a major part of activity functionality in humans. For this reason, damage to them can increase the rate of dependency of such an individual. One common situation humans have to deal with regards to the muscles is the case of muscle weakness. Muscle weakness can stem from a number of reasons ranging from overuse, trauma, and stress. Over time, it becomes difficult to appropriately use the muscle for its original functions; shorten, lengthen and to stabilize joints. 

As with other body parts, there is a level of synchronization of the muscle with the brain that makes functionality possible. However, for one of the prior listed reasons, the brain can activate a certain defense mechanism of the body in order to protect the body from further damage. This defense mechanism from the brain inhibits muscle contraction (muscle weakness), which in turn leads to an decrease in muscle movement (muscle tightness). 

How MAT® works

This is where the Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) comes into play. MAT® is a technique that helps activate the muscles into full contraction. It does this by intentionally loading a muscle unit thereby sending a signal to the brain to contract that muscle unit. MAT thrives by assessing, testing and treating dysfunctional muscles. It helps the muscles return to a state of efficient contractility. 

It has been shown that jumpstarting weak muscles through specialized techniques provides the muscle with an opportunity to function with maximum efficiency. This is also the case of the muscle activation technique for the management of muscle weakness conditions. 

Using MAT® to become a better physical therapist

As a physical therapist, the theory behind muscle movement is really not a strange one. The agonist- antagonist balance is very much required for a full and proper movement to occur. Therefore, while the agonist is contracting to perform the movement, the antagonist is also simultaneously lengthening to assist in this movement. Therefore, in the case of muscle weakness of the agonist, in which the movement is not performed, the antagonist is also affected. This can therefore lead to weakness of both the agonist and antagonist muscle. 

Muscle Activation Techniques® puts all these into considerations to strengthen both. By being a MAT® specialist, you are a step ahead of other physical therapists in that area, making you better in the management of muscle weakness when compared to other therapists.

MAT® Courses

There are several courses in which we have specialized modules for each body part such as the lower body module, the upper body module, the spine module, and others. These specializations make it possible to fully comprehend the application of MAT® and how it impacts each body part. 

Using MAT® to improve patient’s satisfaction

Improving patient’s satisfaction for every condition and visit will definitely involve fully achieving the goals for which the patient came for a visit in the first place. Bearing in mind that every visit should be patient focused, solving the initial complaint the patient came in with will make such patient fully satisfied.

Many a time, a patient’s complaint is always an end result of a series of back-end problems. As a MAT® Specialist it is now up to you to fully show your professionalism. Overcoming muscular weakness in an individual will involve some steps including determining if the brain is sending the right signals to the body, finding out which of the muscles are not receiving these signals, reactivating these muscles to contract fully and then providing the right checks and balance to ensure that there is no repeat of such a scenario. Fully doing has a high probability to improve patient’s satisfaction, even beyond their expectations. 

Using MAT® to get more physical therapy visits. 

Muscle Activation Techniques® is not limited to a particular set of clients. It has a wide range of use in any patient with a muscle-related problem. As such, it can be used for any kind of condition in any patient, provided there is the common indication of muscle weakness. From your personal backyard training ground, to a gym with multiple FitFam community or even a professional athletic environment, this technique can be practiced over and over again. 

For this reason, there is no limit to the number of physical therapy visits you can get if you implement this unique technique. Because any patient undergoing a rehabilitation can use it, it becomes quite easy to answer the question of how to get more physical therapy visits using MAT®. One vital plan in this case will be to think of unique and creative ways to increase these patient’s satisfaction and they will keep coming back and even also refer their contacts to you. 

It should be put at the back of your mind always that what makes a good physical therapist is not the common knowledge learnt in school but the extra effort put in to learn more skills and also the creative ways learnt over time to increase patient’s satisfaction.