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    James BalazsBiomechanics Specialist, MATm, MATrx, IFNCP1358 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

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    Muscle Activation Technique’s premise is that muscle or joint “tightness” or “stiffness” is secondary to muscle weakness. Furthermore, a sense of neuromuscular stability or strength is required before an individual can enjoy proper mobility or freedom of movement. This sense of stability is derived from our ability to restore proper communication between the nervous system and the muscular system.

    How is this done? Built into MAT is a system of checks and balances. This system of checks and balances applies to the one thing an MAT practitioner is responsible for: muscle contractile ability. The loss of efficient muscle contractile capabilities results in decreases in range of motion which lead to decreases in physical performance. A preliminary range of motion evaluation is conducted to determine which muscles display decreased contractile abilities. Through precise muscle testing followed by specific manual palpation at the attachment points of the tissue, the MAT practitioner is able to restore the function and strength of the weakened muscles.

    Over time, stresses in our lives compound, whether they be physical, chemical, or emotional. These compounded stresses lead to an overall reduced tolerance in withstanding the forces that we apply on a daily basis. Whether they be trying to hit a 95 mph fastball or simply walking up the stairs, with the help of an MAT practitioner you’ll be getting back to doing what you love to do in no time!

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