Thursday, January 21, 2010

What is Muscle Activation Techniques?

If you workout on regular basis or are an athlete, chances are you have been injured. We've all been there at least once. Usually, we push through to complete the activity without listening to our bodies. As you continue to workout the body continues to develop compensation patterns that allow you to accomplish the movement without putting strain on the injured area, but sometimes this can make the situation worse. Taking a break can sometimes help, but usually the pain is back once regular activity is resumed. So how can you return to regular activity? And how do you identify what the problem is?

An evaluation method that I often use with my clients is Muscle Activation Techniques. It allows me to identify and correct muscular imbalances in the body that can eventually lead to injury and/or pain. The goal of MAT is to correct the problem before it occurs. Muscle Activation Technique examines the body’s limitations in range of motion and potential muscular weaknesses. Once asymmetries in the body are identified, isometrics and exercises can be prescribed to correct imbalances.

MAT not only helps athletes to recover from injuries quickly, but also helps them prevent injuries. It prepares the body to be more efficient in training and athletic performance. MAT can speed up the rehabilitation process by balancing the muscular system. It provides an improved environment for healing, allowing the athlete to return to participation faster. The end result is improved athletic capabilities.

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