Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)® is a specific unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to produce efficient muscle contraction(s).
MAT® is an innovative tool that can be used to treat neuro-muscular imbalances that cause pain and limit performance. Unlike other techniques, MAT gets to the root of the issue by addressing the weakness of the muscle, rather than muscle tightness.
Muscle activation techniques view muscle tightness in the body as a form of protection because of a muscle’s weakness, which leads to joint instability.
When the body senses a certain area is unstable, it will lock down the area to protect against potential injury, therefore causing associated muscles to assist in “tightening” the area.
MAT a system of checks to find muscular imbalances, identify and treat the inhibited muscles, and restore stability within the body which leads to:
Increased mobility with control and ease of movement
Increases in stability and strength
Decreases in aches and pains
Relaxation of tight muscles
What can I expect from the MAT experience?
A range of motion assessment is used to identify imbalances and areas of compensation in the body.
Muscle testing for inhibited ‘weak’ muscles in the tight or protected range.
Treatment of the inhibited muscles to restore stability to the muscles working in that range of motion.
Re-test to ensure stability has been restored, enabling the body to handle the stresses place upon it by our everyday behaviors. Additional prescriptive exercises for self-help may be given.
Muscle Activation Technique does not massage or stretch tight muscles, but rather focuses on re-activating weak muscles and restoring strength and stability.
When range-of-motion and muscle strength are improved to the point where they are balanced and symmetrical, performance can be greatly enhanced.
For example, a MAT session before and/or after a round of golf can help prevent muscular imbalances and reduce potential injuries.
ABOUT ELITE HEALTH SERVICES
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“We believe that you should accept nothing less than moving with ease, being free of pain, and feeling good about yourself every single day.”
Sometimes the best ideas come out of necessity. As athletes and therapists we wanted to create an environment for:
people like us to train, get stronger and heal if we were injured.
edicated, motivated athletes of all ages to train, improve and be the best version of themselves.
people facing, or rehabbing from an injury or surgery to heal and maintain their active lifestyles.
Elite Health Services has evolved from that original vision with your needs in mind.
Founded in 2004, Elite Health Services, with locations in Old Greenwich, CT, is a world-class provider of certified Functional Manual Therapy™, personal training, pilates and running services. Elite Health Services has already helped thousands of your colleagues, friends and neighbors throughout Lower Fairfield County.