What are the symptoms that would suggest that I should check out Muscle Activation Techniques? The first symptom would be something does not feel ‘right’ or is not working normal. This could mean you have joint pain, muscle tension, muscle pain, unstable joints: tight hamstrings, tight lower back, shin splints, aching knees, etc.
How many session does Muscle Activation Techniques take? Of course it will depend on factors like age, severity of problem, how long the problem existed etc. Unlike most forms of treatment which tend to treat the actual site of injury or issue, the MAT treatment process assesses the entire body to get to the root of the problem. It is ideal if you can schedule a minimum of 5 sessions closely together to address all weaknesses related to your issue. With most clients, a positive response is seen in two or three sessions. Clients with more sever problems like joint injuries or repetitive use injuries may need to use MAT as ongoing maintenance to keep them active. Professional Athletes will use MAT on an ongoing basis to address muscle weaknesses or joint stiffness due to high loads of stress from their sport.
What makes MAT different from other forms of treatment? MAT addresses the cause of pain, stiffness or soreness, not just the symptoms. It identifies the root of the problem and treats muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness. Results are seen as improved performance, decreased pain, and longer lasting results. Many treatment modalities use stretching or massage techniques to ease symptoms resulting in only temporary relief. In fact, many of these forms of treatment are counterintuitive to the bodies protection mechanism that caused the pain in the first place. MAT restores body alignment and activates inhibited muscles which eases tight and sore muscles that cause pain.
Can MAT be used in other ways besides treating Injuries? The best use of Muscle Activation Techniques is in prevention. Stopping injures before they happen is always better then treating injuries. Having MAT done on a regular basis assures that as many muscles that can work are working at any given movement. Increasing the strength of more muscles, lessens the risk of injury and improves performance. This is especially true as we age or for people in high intensity activities.
What happens during a MAT session? The first step will be testing Range of Motion in joints across the body and identifying limitations in specific joints. The next step is muscle testing to identify weak muscles or muscles that are not firing correctly. Once weaknesses are identified, Palpations are done to nerve rich areas of the muscle or muscle groups. The palpations will reactivate the weak muscles, bring back normal function, easing pain and stiffness in the joint or muscles.