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After years of battling lower back issues and other ailments, I began searching for a solution. I utilized what I learned from the greatest minds in fitness field and applied the techniques to myself and clients. To my surprise, stretching, foam rolling, massage and corrective exercises where not enough to make all the issues go away. It is frustrating when your ailments hold you back from reaching your full potential. I love to push myself and enjoy feeling strong, powerful, agile and flexible.

Then one day, I was introduced to Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT). After one session the majority of my lower back issues where nullified. It was explained to me that I was perfectly fine but a few muscle throughout my body where inactive causing major compensation and postural issues which yielded me back pain. I was blown away with the results and wanted to know more. So what is MAT and how does it work?

Muscle activation refers to the process of `jumpstarting` the muscle. The goal of Muscle Activation Techniques is to identify the position of weakness and the muscles that are inhibited, and then to activate these muscles - basically switch them back on. For a more simplistic approach to understand muscle function, compare the body to a car. The initiation of a muscle contraction occurs similarly to the way a battery initiates the starting of a car. Both rely on connections that transfer electrical energy to produce a reaction. The nerves that run from the spinal cord to the muscle are just like the cables that run from the ignition to the battery. When the key is turned in the ignition, the impulses transfer through the cables to the battery allowing the car to start. Similarly, in the body, when a message is sent from the brain, the input is transferred through the nerves to the muscles creating muscle contraction. Each muscle is independently innervated; therefore it can be seen as having many batteries, each connected by its own independent cables. When the body is functioning properly, with all batteries connected, each muscle will contract on demand and the body will function very efficiently.

Many times, due to factors such as stress, trauma, overuse or dehydration the neurological connections may become altered, creating a reaction in the body similar to that of loose battery cables in your car. When the brain sends a message for a muscle to contract, the muscle does not respond immediately, creating increased demand on other muscles to perform the desired movement . The result becomes what we know as compensation. Over time, these compensation patterns create altered alignment in the joint, leading to joint instability and abnormal wear on the joint surfaces. The end result becomes pain and eventually osteoarthritis. The progressive degeneration has been correlated with aging. If identified and properly addressed, it does not have to occur.

MAT is for those who are battling:
• Chronic injury
• Postural/structural issues
• Lower back pain
• Joint pain
• Lack of mobility
• Flexibility issues
• Foot/gait issues
• Lack of balance and body awareness
• Discomfort while sitting, standing and laying down
• Diminished athletic performance

MAT is great modality that complements physical therapy, chiropractics, and exercise. For more information, please go to muscleactivation.com.