FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Check out some common questions about MAT®.
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MAT® does not force change on the body but instead works with it to make improvements, causing changes in motion via improvements in muscle contraction. An MAT® Specialist listens to your body’s responses and changes their treatment decisions based on these responses. Each client is treated as an individual with their own muscular weaknesses and compensation patterns. Therefore, no treatment session is ever the same.
MAT® does not diagnose or treat pathology, but works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities and the resulting range of motion and strength of that muscle/limb. By improving these aspects, a person will see an increased ability for exercise and physical performance.
MAT® differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT® is not trying to “relax” muscle, but instead tries to “activate” the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and every day movements.
- Back & Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sprains & Strains
- Patellofemoral Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Pre & Post Operation Recovery
The first step is to find your limitations in Range of Motion (ROM). Whenever we find a limitation in ROM, we know that one or more of the muscles that cross that axis are not receiving proper communication from the Central Nervous System. We will test and then treat each muscle that is causing the limitation(s) in ROM. We then use a stimulation technique to reestablish proper communication channels so your muscles can contract properly. Once communication is working properly, the first stage of muscle dysfunction – tightness, and the second stage – pain, can be dramatically reduced if not eliminated.
Comfortable, athletic-style clothing is best. NO jeans or similar style of material, please.
Clients are fully clothed during the sessions. Other than that, you’ll simply need to remove your shoes.
The first and major indication is that something may not feel right. This can be seen as joint pain, muscle tension or instability of a joint. Examples may be: tight hamstrings, tightness or pain in the lower back, shin splints, aching knees, etc. Any feelings of pain or tightness can be signs of potential muscle weakness.
In a nutshell: stress, trauma or overuse.
The answer is: Not necessarily!
When muscles have been weakened by stress, trauma or overuse, the resultant inflammation alters the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system. This results in a neurological weakness that cannot be corrected by conventional exercise. This altered communication is like having loose battery cables on your car. Until you tighten the battery cables, the communication pathways are altered, putting a strain on the system as a whole. In the same manner, when you have this altered communication between the nervous system and the muscle system, exercise alone will not strengthen these communication pathways. You must first tighten battery cables – activate the muscles – which in turn improves the communication pathways. Once activated, then you can get the full benefits from exercise. Until muscles are activated, when speaking of conventional exercise, the strong muscles get stronger and the weak stay weak, thus making us stronger in our compensation patterns. This can lead to chronic problems like tendonitis and arthritis and eventual joint deteriation due to imbalanced forces acting on the joints. The best course of action is to properly assess which specific motions are limited and identify which muscles are weakened through altered communication pathways and then to take a course of action to improve your muscle function.
MAT® can help to identify which muscles are weak, and then give you the tools to address these weaknesses, so that you can get back to participating in the activities that you enjoy from a position of strength.