In recent years, a revolutionary new process has evolved for correcting muscular imbalances in the body. It has dramatically improved functional capabilities in people of all age groups, providing a pain free lifestyle along with elevating sports performance and career longevity in several professional athletes. This process is a biomechanically-based system called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)™.

For a more simplistic approach to understanding 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. Our nerves that run from the spinal cord to the muscle are just like the cables that run from the ignition and connect 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 or overuse, 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. This progressive degeneration has been correlated with aging. If identified and properly addressed, it does not have to occur.

MAT can slow down or even reverse the aging process. If it is recognized that muscles are designed to stabilize and support the joints naturally; it must be understood that arthritic conditions and joint instability can be helped or prevented when muscles are prepared to function properly. All that is needed is to create proper connections between the brain and the muscles. Muscle Activation Techniques does this. It provides the ability for the body to function the way it was designed to function. Just like with a dead battery, the muscles must be jumpstarted and the cables must be tightened before the muscle will function properly. In simplistic terms, through Muscle Activation Techniques, muscles that have improper neurological connections are identified, then jumpstarted; creating the ability for the muscles to stabilize the joints and reduce the joint stresses that lead to arthritic conditions. That is when the body becomes efficient and the related aches and pains are deterred.


 

The Founder : Greg Roskopf

Greg Roskopf started his career in California as a strength coach for Fresno State from '85-'88, where he also received his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology.
While at Fresno State, he began to work with performance athletes. He started questioning why some athletes would breakdown, while others could work through fatigue and achieve higher performance levels. He knew there had to be a fundamental explanation.
Greg began to focus on the biomechanics of the body and sport/training demands. He understood that each athlete had to be evaluated individually, with different muscle strengths, weaknesses, and adapted compensations.
This is when he realized that the documented training programs could not be universally applied. He observed that once the unique mechanics of an individual's body were identified, his or her exercise program seemed to be making the strong muscles stronger and the weak muscles weaker; thereby emphasizing the imbalances. This led him to believe that protocol training might actually contribute to injury, rather than preventing it.
In turn, Greg looked to the rehabilitation field. He was interested to see if similar underlying factors affected the healing process when dealing with injuries. There he theorized that by ignoring the mechanics of the body, practitioners might be inhibiting the injured tissue from properly mending. The process of continually looking at "cause and effect" as they relate to pain, and of challenging traditional sports and medical theories, brought Greg to his current position.
He has developed a unique approach for systematically identifying and treating muscular imbalances through noninvasive manual therapy. Because MAT is bio-mechanically based and designed to treat anyone affected with muscle weakness (and its associated pain) regardless of the cause, the MAT treatment practices are gaining recognition throughout all facets of the sports, health and fitness industries. Greg has worked as a biomechanical consultant for various professional sports teams including: the Denver Broncos, the Utah Jazz, and the Denver Nuggets . 

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