The Benefits of Muscle Activation for...

Everyday Living

As children we are extremely pliable and can start stop, turn from one direction to the next without thought, almost like having the full alphabet of A-Z in movement. As we get older we tend lose this array of movement. At the extreme it can become increasingly like watching someone walking on ice e.g. hesitant of sudden movements, slower in direction change, shorter strides.

We get to this point of ongoing muscle tightness and limited movement as we pick up minor or major injuries over time and our movement changes and compensates. The balance between growth and recovery versus stress and degeneration starts to tip as our posture becomes poor from too much sitting, we eat poorly, don’t get enough sleep and work and play hard.

Stress is a generally viewed as a negative term but is vital for growth in the right doses. When we are children, teenagers and young adults our bodies are still growing and developing so we recover at an incredible rate despite what we to do to it. As we reach a point at which our bodies stop growth but still regenerate and repair our recovery starts to slow so we need to take more care in how we manage our selves.

Our body has its own management system through muscle tightness as it restricts us from making sudden movements, taking too much load for too long or move into ranges where our bodies do not feel comfortable. Of course if we do and repeatedly do this then we tighten further and the muscles feel sore. When we are young or if our body is in a good state for recovery, we call this training and we feel better and get stronger, fitter, faster and more flexible. However when we are older and recovery is not so good then we may tighten further (this also helps to retain strength in this range by adding compensatory stability) or if we push the boundaries we injure ourselves.

Most of us will find we don’t move as fluidly as we used to, we have more and more little aches and it takes longer to recover from the big ones. Muscle Activation Techniques uses a system to check your levels of support which we can lose as we age and restores stability as a form of recovery. The effect of this is ease of movement and keeping your body feeling young.

For more information on compensation and its effects see the bridging the gap and sport and exercise sections.

See also:

MAT for bridging the gap between Treatment, Fitness and Lifestyle

MAT for Improving Exercise and Sporting Performance

How does MAT work?

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"I originally made contact about a problem with my right knee, which had persisted for some months and made walking difficult. After an initial assessment, Owen identified a problem of mobility in my right ankle and left hip as well as the knee. He designed a course of MAT and exercise which he explained in detail but simple terms.

Within a couple of sessions I found the problem in my knee had gone away and the mobility in the hip was much improved. I can now walk without difficulty and undertake a full range of gym exercises without problems.

Throughout the process I have found Owen to be most helpful and very professional in his approach. The technique has certainly been of great benefit to me and I have had no hesitation in recommending it to a number of other people."
Peter. H

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