Contrary to popular belief, there is much more to muscle maintenance than regular strength training and exercise. So how exactly can you help maintain and care for your muscles?
In the past few years, a new process has emerged for correcting muscular imbalances in the body. This process involves Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT). How does it work you ask?
In short, personal trainers certified in MAT training identify weak muscles, or muscles that aren’t communicating properly with the brain, and use exercises to target and strengthen those areas. There are also many benefits to Muscle Activation Techniques, here are some things you can expect.
#1: Increased Strength
One of the most notable benefits to MAT training is increased strength. Since one of the main purposes of muscle activation techniques is to target these weak areas, it makes sense that increased strength would be a a side effect.
In fact, you could literally double your strength by doing MAT training. How exactly does it work? When your muscles aren’t communicating with your brain properly, it decreases your muscle efficiency and strength. So if only 50% of your muscles are working properly, then you could double your strength through MAT training.
#2: Improved Flexibility
Your range of motion can be severely limited if your muscles aren’t functioning properly. Inhibited muscles can send the wrong feedback to your brain, and this limits many things including your flexibility.
Stretching usually helps increase your range of motion and flexibility. However, if you have been stretching for years without broadening your range it could be the result of muscles that aren’t communicating properly. If that is the case, MAT training could help you see improvements.
#3: Less Pain
Pain is often caused by two things:
- Long term muscle dysfunction
- Consistent bad movement patterns that you have repeated over many years
Obviously these aren’t the only causes of pain, however it is quite common if you do a lot of physical activity. These habits combined with improper communication between your muscles and brain is a recipe for disaster. However, Muscle Activation Technique training helps to improve the communication between your brain and muscles, which can greatly decrease pain.
#4: Lower Risk of Injury
When your muscles are not functioning properly, you are at a greater risk for injury. The same can be said
for muscles that have been weakened or damaged.
However, MAT training helps greatly reduce your risk of injury. It does this by strengthening your muscles and increasing stability. If your muscles are stronger and more stable, you won’t be as likely to get injured. If you participate in any type of sport or activity, this is a huge plus.
#5: Conditions Treated by MAT
In addition to strengthening your muscles, Muscle Activation Techniques are also used to treat various conditions. Some notable conditions MAT treats:
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Patellofermal syndrome
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder Pain
- Rotator cuff pain
- Plantar facilitis
- Flat feet
- Tight hamstrings
These are only a few of the conditions that MAT treats, there are many more.
Muscle Activation Techniques are becoming more and more popular as they are effective and come with many benefits. In short, Muscle Activation techniques: strengthen your muscles, improve flexibility, lessen injury, and lessen pain. Additionally, MAT treats many conditions such as: back pain and neck stiffness.
I encourage you to check out our website if you want more information about Muscle Activation Techniques. We offer many other programs as well, such as Personal or Group training. I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years now, and have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. I have also specialized in MAT since 2009, and have helped many clients get treatment and results. If you are interested, I encourage you to get in contact so we can figure out the best way to approach your goals together.