Muscle Activation Technique
So you know muscle activation technique has many benefits, but how exactly does it work? What can you expect from a typical session? These are very good questions, especially if it is your first time trying out MAT (Muscle Activation Technique).
In short, MAT is a process that helps maintain your muscles and correct muscular imbalances. Personal trainers certified in MAT training identify weak muscles, or muscles that aren’t communicating properly with the brain, and use exercises to target and strengthen those areas. So now that we have a basic understanding of MAT, let’s delve into the details a bit more.
How Does it Work?
The basic theory of Muscle Activation Technique training is that injuries stem from muscle imbalances and a limited range of motion. So basically, its all about finding the root cause of that imbalance. For example, if your right hamstring is tight, a MAT specialist would look at your right quadricep and even your core to see whether everything is contracting the way that it should be.
Another main focus of MAT is the communication between your muscles and brain. In fact, that intricate process is the a major part of how MAT works. So how exactly does this process work? Well when a muscle is too weak to stabilize a joint, your brain sends a signal to the other muscles to tighten up and keep the joint safe. However, some of your muscles don’t really get the message. This causes the muscles that properly receive the message to wear down and the ones that don’t to get weaker.
So how does MAT get things up and working again? Personal Trainers certified in MAT training walk you through specific exercises in order to strengthen those weak muscles. These exercises also help improve the communication between your muscles and brain. They focus on fixing the way your muscles contract and more evenly distributing work among your muscle groups. Improving all these aspects can do a lot for your body and your muscles.
What to Expect
Now that you know a bit more about how Muscle Activation Technique training works, what can you expect from a typical MAT session?
In order for MAT to be effective, your MAT trainer will need to get a good idea of how your body has been operating. The first session will consist of an extensive discussion about your health history. This usually involves your injury history and training.
The next step is a quick examination of your range of motion. This will involve things like raising your legs, twisting your waist, ect. These tests help identify your biggest limitations so your MAT trainer can formulate a proper plan.
The next step involves a manual muscle test in a specific position and direction of force in order to emphasize certain muscle tissue. If your muscle test is strong, you will move on to the next muscle. However if the muscle does not immediately contract and continue to sustain it, you will move to the next step.
Your MAT trainer will then formulate a plan in order to increase your muscles ability to contract. They will constantly retest your muscles to see which method is the most effective. Their ultimate goal is to get all the muscles related to that specific position and range of motion to test strong.
Now that we know how MAT works and what to expect from a session, let’s talk about the benefits a bit. There are many great benefits when it comes to Muscle Activation Technique training. These benefits can help improve your quality of living and overall health. Some notable benefits:
- Increased Strength
- Improved Coordination
- Improved Flexibility
- Lower Risk of Injury
- Less Pain
There are also a few common conditions MAT treats:
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Patellofermal syndrome
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder Pain
- Rotator cuff pain
- Plantar facilitis
- Flat feet
- Tight hamstrings
In the end, Muscle Activation Technique training is a revolutionary process meant to strengthen your muscles and improve their communication with the brain. MAT is extremely effective and comes with many great benefits. If you are looking for a better way to maintain your muscles, MAT is a great option.
I encourage you to check out our website if you want more information about Muscle Activation Techniques. We offer many other programs as well, such as Personal or Group training. I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years now, and have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. I have also specialized in MAT since 2009, and have helped many clients get treatment and results. If you are interested, I encourage you to get in contact so we can figure out the best way to approach your goals together.