Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®)
A revolutionary approach to muscular system issues
Optimize the performance of your muscular system to enjoy a higher quality of life!
What is MAT® ?
Muscle Activation Techniques was developed by Greg Roskopf, who is also a consultant for various professional sports teams including the Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz, and Denver Nuggets. MAT® is a biomechanically based systematic process to check the current state of your neuromuscular system. It is a non-invasive technique that is designed to balance the muscular system in people of all ages. While many approaches focus on reducing tension in the muscular system, "releasing" tissue is not the way the body works. Tension is what helps fight gravity, not looseness. MAT® looks for parts of the body that have an inefficiency to contract and contract on demand. It takes a deeper look to identify the underlying causes of that excessive tension, and restores tension in the body where it needs to be by improving contractile capabilities. MAT® does not force change on the body, but instead works with the body by restoring internal stability in the body via improved muscle contractile efficiency
Muscles move the bones and muscles hold our bones (thus, our joints) in proper alignment. The muscles are what create stability in the body, and they get their signals to contract from the brain. Due to overuse, stress, and trauma, the resulting inflammation will alter the communication between the muscle and the nervous system. It is like having a loose battery cable in your car, as the muscles will then lose their ability to contract and contract on demand. The quality of your movement is dictated by all the muscles working optimally, as bad alignment will occur and increased stress on other tissues. Function is beyond our conscious control. When muscles lose their ability to communicate, the body will have less to work with and will start to compensate. It is all about balance. The body is an integrated system, and every muscle needs to be doing its job. Inhibition and compensation are similar to cancer in the body, as it will only spread if not addressed. With inhibitions, the body will sense instability and opposing muscles will tighten up to protect from moving into those ranges of motion. People can be strong and still not have stability. They can still have weak links related to the muscles' ability to contract on demand.
MAT® recognizes that tightness is secondary to muscle weakness. Muscular inhibition is a significant cause of decreased performance, limited range of motion, and more. You don't want to workout on a body that is not functioning optimally. It is like driving a car when it has a flat tire. We want the body functioning well and its ability to tolerate forces increased. By activating inhibited muscles, the body will be put in an environment to heal. Once stability is restored, mobility will also be restored. MAT® gives us the ability to test the contractile abilities of almost every muscle in the body. This is an invaluable tool like nothing else that can give us information to determine if someone's body is ready to begin an exercise program, and if they are, how to appropriately proceed and progress. It can also let us know if someone's program is exceeding their current tolerance levels. MAT® is an adjunct to everything out there, and can fill the gap between the medical and exercise fields. It can be used on almost anyone from elite athletes to someone rehabilitating from an injury and anyone in between. Restore your muscle's ability to generate tension and improve its horsepower. MAT® can help make you more "bulletproof" to handle the stresses from exercise and life. For more information on MAT®, you can go to www.muscleactivation.com
Your body is the most important piece of equipment in the gym. Life can sometimes break our bodies down, so it is nice to have MAT to help build it back up!
MAT® in the News
Peyton Manning Credits MAT® in SI article!
"...he would pay every week to fly in Greg Roskopf, a Denver-based specialist in the cutting-edge Muscle Activation Techniques-finding muscles that have been traumatized or strained and strengthening other muscles to compensate-who had become popular with veterans such as former Broncos safety John Lynch, a friend of Manning's
Using Neuroscience to Avoid Injuries for Runners
...When traditional paths to better health fail, some athletes are finding solutions to vexing injuries by trying neuromuscular therapies. These routines are thought to improve coordination, power, and traction time by training the body to better work together-activating muscles that the brain is failing to reach.
Inside Hope Solo's innovative goalkeeper training and fitness
Since 2013, Solo has worked with Ben Dragavon, who doubles as the goalkeeper coach and head strength and conditioning coach for Solo's Seattle Reign FC. He's also a certified specialist in Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), which seeks to optimize muscle contraction to provide stability and increase range of motion.
Seeking help with injuries, Redskins players consult specialist who can strike a nerve
..."you never have to think about firing your muscles," Lichtenberger said. "You lift weight and all these muscles just fire. I was at the point where I was trying to think about firing these muscles and they still wouldn't fire. After I saw [Roskopf], it came back to that involuntary thing again and it was encouraging. To not see any results for so long, for five, six, seven weeks then all of a sudden like that...