Active Life Physical Therapy

Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)

Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) is a revolutionary muscle technique that treats neuromuscular imbalances that cause pain and limit performance. Unlike other modalities, MAT gets to the root of the pain by addressing muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness.

When muscles crossing a joint become weakened, other muscles will become tight and guard to prevent the joint from going into a position of instability. These guarding muscles will become irritated and also produce tension and friction in the joint leading to dysfunction, pain, inflammation and eventual structural damage. So the guarding, painful muscles sometimes aren’t the base problem – they are responding to weakness in another muscle.

Unlike other therapy methods, treatment programs or exercise routines that view muscle tightness as the primary factor in pain and injury. MAT views muscle tightness as the body’s natural protection mechanism that is activated when the brain detects an unstable joint due to weakness. Simply stretching, massaging or manipulating the joint in order to release tightness does not always get at the root of the problem. MAT directly addresses the dysfunctional muscles responsible for joint instability and restores normal joint function by eliminating the body’s need for muscle tightness without overriding its important protective mechanism.