Muscle tightness may occur for several reasons, including long periods of sitting (at the computer, for example), a sudden trauma like a fall, or chronic overuse or over training. While it is normal to feel fatigue, you may not have given your body the time it needs to heal itself. When this happens habitually the body’s central nervous system protects the muscle by tightening it up, inhibiting movement. The result is imbalance, strains and injury.
MAT™ is a unique process that ensures your brain is communicating properly with your muscles, creating stability, which leads to improved performance
The MAT™ approach uses a four-step process to identify and treat problem areas:
Range of Motion Testing (ROM)
Assess how your range of motion differs from one side of the body compared to the other. Asymmetry in range of motion identifies muscle imbalances that may be compromising joint range.
Where an asymmetry is found, the corresponding muscles are tested to determine specific areas of weakness.
Inhibited muscles are then treated with a series of palpations. By treating these particular areas your body sends messages to the brain to restore the muscle’s proper function. This improved communication will help your muscles release, leading to improved stability and strength. Thus allowing you to move the way you were meant to move.
Similar to the muscle tests in step 2, these light force exercises help reinforce the strength in the newly activated muscles.
Once stability has been restored to the body,
you will notice improved performance in a number of areas:
Strength and Balance
Added stability at your joints means you will be able to run, jump and move with greater force.
Range of Motion
Increased stability and joint range means more effective transfer of power and less wear and tear on your joints.
After training, your body’s natural ability to recover will be speed up. This means you are ready to train again sooner and with more strength.
MAT is non-invasive and complement your existing training and therapy routines.