FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT MAKES MAT™ UNIQUE?
MAT™ does not force change on the body but instead works with it to make improvements, causing changes in motion via improvements in muscle contraction. An MAT™ specialist listens to your body’s responses and changes their treatment decisions based on these responses. Each client is treated as an individual with their own muscular weaknesses and compensation patterns. Therefore, no treatment session is ever the same.
MAT™ does not diagnose or treat pathology, but works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities and the resulting range of motion and strength of that muscle/limb. By improving these aspects, a person will see an increased ability for exercise and physical performance.
MAT™ differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT™ is not trying to “relax” muscle, but instead tries to “activate” the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and every day movements.
HOW LONG WILL MY MUSCLES STAY CONTRACTING?
Due to stress, trauma, and overuse each individual's muscle set-point is different. Set-point of the muscle is dictated by the physiological structure of how much force each muscle can withstand. The more stress; emotional or chemical, trauma and overuse the muscles go through the lower the set-point can be. MAT can raise your muscles set-point
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF MAT™?
To determine whether or not the brain is properly signaling to your muscles to contract when necessary. Identify which muscles are not receiving neural input by performing range of motion tests. Improve the stability of your joints by reactivating muscles and their ability to contract on demand.
Provide a checks and balances system to make sure that any time mobility is increased, there is appropriate input and therefore contraction during this motion.