Muscle Activation And Muscular Compensation: How Our Bodies Work Around Weak Links
Muscle Activation Techniques or MAT is a revolutionary non-invasive process that identifies and corrects muscular imbalances. It speeds healing from injury, pain or bad posture bringing proper alignment and strength to the body.
How do weaknesses develop in the first place? Stress, trauma and overuse shut down the connection between the brain and muscle rendering muscle contraction less efficient and effective. This connection is necessary for proper muscle function. Net effect is your muscle won't contract when you need it to or may not contract at all. This may not seem like a big deal but wait until one weakness stacks on to another and the entire functioning of your body is affected.
Most people are shocked to find out that not all their muscles are contracting perfectly. The objections I hear are: "But I work out!" Or "I feel fine!" How can we function if this is the case? The reason we get around so well is that our nervous system finds ways to work around the weaknesses. Like a road closure that makes you take the long way around, the 'detour' your body takes to avoid the weakness isn't as efficient, may look odd and could even be causing imbalances at your joints that render activity painful. Over time joints can easily get worn out when muscles aren't doing their job to support and protect them. At the end of the day, even though we are compensating, it gets the job done and that's all we really care about until we are so injured and uncomfortable that we can't do something. Then we look for solutions.
One very effective solution for muscle imbalance is Muscle Activation Techniques. In a treatment, the MAT specialist will find out what you can't do and test and treat all the muscles that perform that function. Once the muscles are activated, a MAT specialist will retest and make sure all the muscles that help you perform that function are strong and stable. They even get you to stress your body out during a treatment to see if the muscles they treated stay strong. This gives them information they need to help you get stronger, faster.
Once a Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist gets muscle function back, your joints are more balanced taking the stress off of them and for many, decreasing pain and stiffness. Post treatment mostly everyone reports feeling different when they walk. They also observe feeling looser, more agile and the complaint they came in with typically changes in quality and severity. The way your body feels improves gradually over the course of treatments and you begin to feel relief. Many clients do not return because the problem they came in with is gone.
In a nutshell when you get a MAT session the specialist will find out what you can't do, restore proper muscle function and reinforce those habits and motions that will speed healing. There is no therapy like MAT so if you've tried many other things with limited success or if you've just been injured and are wondering if MAT is right for you, contact a MAT specialist and find out. They treat the muscular system and many physical challenges can be alleviated simply by getting the largest organ of your body working properly.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Madeleine Chevrier is a Certified Muscle Activation Specialist & Exercise Coach and has over 10 years of industry experience in rehabilitation and exercise. Learn more about Apana Bodywork and muscle activation techniques services in Toronto, Canada.