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Welcome to grainsandgrinds.com All too often, we are ready to give up on our active lifestyle or athletic pursuits when pain or poor performance stops us dead in our tracks.Our exercise program gets stalled out and it seems we've failed. We feel stuck, disappointed and let down. We beat ourselves up and say
"Nothing works, its no use, its too late for me... I guess I'll just
have to live with it..."
What if there was a way to 'get back into it' again; to succeed to train hard again without pain and frustration?
What if there was a way to finally figure out what's wrong and then to really do something about it?
There is. It's called MAT.
Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) is a dynamic muscular assessment system that analyzes and corrects muscular
imbalances. It has been successful in the reduction and elimination of
pain and fatigue, as well as enhancing muscle recovery in athletes and
non-athletes alike. This unique method was developed by Greg Roskopf, a
biomechanics expert who has worked as a consultant for the
Nuggets and the
Here's how it works:
Think about an
automobile. What happens when the
alignment is off and you drive without fixing it? A 10mph trip around the block won't have much
effect. But drive 90mph on the
interstate for a few hundred miles and your tires will quickly wear unevenly
and blow out. In this analogy, if
sitting on the couch watching TV is driving 10mph, your exercise routine is driving 90!
If you're out of alignment
and exercising, it's just a matter of time before parts start wearing out. For the MAT therapist, pain is an indicator
that something may be out of alignment in the muscular system.
Muscular imbalance is
seen as the result of neurological inhibition.Your brain tells your muscles via the central nervous system (CNS) when
and how to move. If a muscle is
neurologically inhibited, the signal won't get in effectively, and the return
communication back to the brain will be altered or absent as well.
It's like a baseball team with no outfielders. Imagine how hard the second baseman would
have to work if he had to run all the way out to center field and come back in
time to play his normal position!
This is exactly what
happens when a muscle is inhibited:Other muscles, called 'synergists,' have to work overtime to accomplish
the job that the inhibited muscle is supposed to be doing. Not only are those muscles not well suited
for their new job, but they also quickly become overworked . This process is called compensation. This is easy to understand if we remember the car
analogy...the tires are worn out because the alignment is off, not because the
tires are inherently flawed.
DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION AND TREATMENT
By performing a
thorough evaluation through a series of thorough range-of-motion and
corroborating muscle tests, the MAT therapist can objectively determine which
muscles in your body are neurologically inhibited. After working with the affected area, the
muscle is re-tested to ensure an effective treatment has been effected.
MAT is scientifically
based and well researched, and data is continuing to emerge which expands and
supports MAT theory and practice. Please
feel free to inquire to receive any additional materials about the science
That means that MAT works in tandem with other forms of
healthcare. Your healthcare is a high priority and we will never jeopardize it
by stepping outside the bounds of our expertise.