Technique and NeuromuscularTherapy
Muscle Activation Technique (MAT™) is a non-invasive approach to restoring muscle efficiency and improving the neuromuscular connection. Suitable for all, MAT™ is effective in improving muscle contraction, reducing existing pain, and preventing future injuries.
The role of MAT™ in enhancing movement and complementing exercise
Everyday movements and exercise exert stress on the body. Over time, the accumulated stress and pressure start affecting the communication links between the brain and body. One consequence of that phenomenon is muscle weakness and imbalance. The result can vary from person to person – some experience pain, while others may not even notice suboptimal muscle performance until later on, during the execution of a particular movement or consulting a physical therapist.
MAT™ helps keep the body working as it should, and potentially even better. The Integrative Training Institute (ITI), which employs MAT™, begins by examining clients’ overall state of health, body composition, and exercise routines.
Once weak points in the muscle are identified, a certified MAT™ practitioner will apply controlled manual pressure to the affected areas. Additionally, specific exercises requiring machines, and free weights, may also be recommended to target a particular muscle.
Throughout the engagement, ITI will closely guide and monitor the progress of each client as they restore optimal muscle function.
What a typical MAT™ session looks like
A typical session with a MAT™ specialist will consist of muscle testing, applying precise amounts of manual force via palpation of the target muscles, and reassessing the treated muscles.
For instance, the specialist may test leg muscles for range of motion, mobility, and strength by moving the limb in various directions. Using using manual force, the specialist will apply just the right amount of pressure to stimulate a particular muscle. The latter will be tested again to see if there is any improvement.
The duration of each session will depend on the problems experienced by the client and the actual muscle issues identified by the MAT™ practitioner.
How does MAT™ differ from chiropractic methods?
Although there are similarities, muscle activation and chiropractic therapy are not the same. MAT™ is specifically focused on muscle strength, stability, and mobility. A MAT™ expert will see to it that your muscles are contracting efficiently throughout a variety of movements.
A chiropractor, on the other hand, uses spinal adjustments and joint realignment to stimulate and relax muscles. Massage therapy is another technique employed in chiropractic care.
Is MAT™ exclusively for muscle treatment and rehabilitation?
You don’t have to wait until after you’re injured or symptoms appear before trying out this approach to muscle treatment. Clients may work with a MAT™ specialist even without existing restrictions or issues. MAT™ can simply help you maintain strength, flexibility and range of motion, keeping you in the best shape possible for whatever activity you’re already engaged in or are preparing for.
How often should I undergo MAT™?
The frequency of MAT™ sessions depends on muscle usage, body type, past injuries, and personal goals. Your specific program will be tailored to your needs. While some may start off with one or two sessions per week, other clients may need just bi-weekly or monthly treatments. Less active people will not need MAT™ as often as high-performance athletes and those who run, bike, and work out regularly.
Explore the benefits of MAT™ with ITI
ITI was founded by James Balazs, a strength coaching and neuromuscular therapy expert. He spent over 15 years working with a variety of clients to help them achieve their fitness goals. Everyone James has helped – from high-level executives and top athletes to fitness regulars – have had their muscle weaknesses and imbalances corrected so they no longer hinder performance.
James is one of the few professionals who has earned Neuromuscular Therapist certification through MAT™ and possesses the highest level MAT™ credential of Rx Specialist. He is also a certified personal trainer through National Personal Training Institute and a Resistance Training Specialist.
It’s your turn to find out what James Balazs and the Integrative Training Institute (ITI can do for you. Call 310.570.6352 or send a message here. Book a private consultation today.