Description of MAT
MAT’s premise is that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health, and that muscular health (demonstrated by a muscle’s ability to contract efficiently) is important for normal movement. Any loss of muscle contractile efficiency may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance which may lead to subjective complaints 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 measuring specific limb and trunk motions of the body and comparing right side to left side, as the human body tends to be symmetrical in its structure right side to left side.
(*It is referred to as a “process” as there are hundreds of muscles and joints to be evaluated in order to uncover the muscle issues that could be contributing to the loss of physical performance and any associated subjective complaints. This process may lead to what could be several to many sessions of work to solve the problems/issues.)
If an asymmetry in motion between the two sides exists then the side that moves less is interpreted as having the potential for a loss of muscle contractile capabilities of one or more of the muscles that should be contracting to move the joint/limb further.
The muscles that are capable of moving the limb further are 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 efficient contractile ability then precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency.
As muscles are restored to efficient contractile ability, MAT uses a system of accountability (checks and balances) to ensure that any increases in motion and symmetry are accompanied by improvements in muscle contractile efficiency.
MAT does not force change on the body but works with it to make improvements while strategically negotiating changes in motion and muscle contraction. If any intervention is made and motion decreases, and/or muscle contraction efficiency is lost, then it is interpreted and respected that the body is not ready to accept the change at this time and new decisions are made to move the body towards increased motion with improved contraction.
MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES™ IS NOT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TECHNIQUES:
– chiropractic, physical therapy, active release technique, deep tissue massage, muscle energy technique, sports massage, trigger point therapy, reiki, cranio-sacral, rolfing or myofacial release.
About the Founder
Muscle Activation Techniques™ was developed by Greg Roskopf, a strength & conditioning coach and biomechanics consultant at Fresno State University, where he also received his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. While at Fresno State, Greg began to work with performance athletes. He started questioning why some athletes would breakdown, while others could work through fatigue and achieve higher performance levels. He knew there had to be a fundamental explanation. Greg began to focus on the biomechanics of the body and sport/training demands. He understood that each athlete had to be evaluated individually with different muscle strengths, weaknesses and adapted compensations. Greg’s inquiry eventually led to the development of the biomechanically-based MAT process. Greg has worked for various professional sports teams including the Denver Broncos, the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets.
LISTEN TO WHAT GREG ROSKOPF, FOUNDER OF MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES HAS TO SAY REGARDING M.A.T.!
IN SUMMARY, Muscle Activation Techniques:
- finds muscular WEAKNESS that may be causing tightness & pain
- is biomechanically-based, i.e., “Does your body function neuro-muscularly (correct link-up and response between brain/nerves/muscles) like it should?” and, “Can you fire the targeted muscle with immediate response?”
- can enhance athletic and job performance
- addresses efficient contractile ability of the muscle system.
- can restore range of motion and proper body mechanics when muscle compensation has been addressed.
- consists of:
- a range of motion evaluation
- specific manual testing
- “hands-on” palpation with drug-free, non-invasive methodology.
- has been available to the public since the year 2000