The Benefits of Muscle Activation for....

Bridging the gap between treatment, fitness and lifestyle

We often seek forms of therapy such as chiropractic, osteopathy, sports massage and physiotherapy which offer relief from the major symptoms. The focus (as this is naturally the priority) can be largely on the symptom rather than addressing the associated muscular imbalances that underlie and preceded a chronic problem or the compensations in movement that may develop from an acute injury.

Examples of underlying compensations are:


Scapula (shoulder blade) stability and movement. When you place your arm from your side to an overhead position it is not wholly an arm movement. Your arm attaches into the shoulder blade and this must also tilt and move to allow you to achieve full range of motion. If this does not occur then the top of the arm can impinge on the tendons in the joint which may present as symptom of rotator cuff injuries.

Ankle, Hip and Back

If you hurt an ankle then automatically your body will help you out by producing a limp, this compensation loads the stress of standing and walking onto different joints. If the injury takes time to heal then your body will undergoing a training affect, learning this pattern of movement so even when the initial injury is better your movement may still be altered leaving you weaknesses at the original site and further up the chain.

This is why many of our symptoms re-occur or simply lead on to further weakness in the body as it compensates and takes the strain in other areas, so as one thing is resolved another starts even if it doesn't occur until months or years down the line.

It is possible to progress from your injured state through stretching and remedial / corrective exercise. However you may be training compensatory movements and muscles. The result of this is the strong muscles get stronger and the weak remain weak. MAT uses a system of checks and balances to make sure that any time joint range of motion / mobility is increased, there is also stability and control for a lasting change. It is this added system beyond the methods of activation that makes MAT unique and also a great adjunct to other forms of therapies and training methods that also improve mobility.

Muscle Activation Techniques™ come in as other forms of treatment leave off. This ensures you have a faster more effective recovery and the stability and strength to handle the demands of your day to day lifestyle.

For more information on muscular compensation conventional exercise and MAT see the section on MAT for improving sports and exercise.

See also:

MAT for Everyday Life

MAT for Improving Exercise and Sporting Performance

How does MAT work?

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"I have undergone a series of MAT sessions to alleviate pain from my shoulder due to a skiing accident. I already had tried alternative therapies with no long term effectiveness. With MAT there was an improvement in mobility within one session.

Mat is a gentle treatment which in my case has restored mobility and eased the pain considerably. Some days I'm unaware of any discomfort at all. After several sessions, I am now able to change the car gears, lift weights and open doors without concern or consequences.

I would recommend MAT to anyone who wants to retain an active lifestyle and maintain joint mobility."
Dee O.

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