The MAT Jumpstart, otherwise known as Muscle Activation Techniques, is a scientific concept that brings the natural physical laws together with physiology which is then applied to human movement. This means body is enabled to literally jumpstart a weak or inactive muscle to improve muscular function, body alignment and relieve pain. It is a simple but effective concept.
Weak or inhibited muscles can create the need for other muscles to tighten up in order to help stabilise joints. MAT jumpstart gets to the root of pain or injury by addressing muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness. This process helps to restore normal body function alignment and so decreases pain and reduces the risk of injury.
The process is carried out via strength and range of motion tests to evaluate and identify weakness in specific areas. A serious of gentle static isometrics holds (gentle push against the therapists hand) are carried out and the particular area and range of movement is re-tested for strength. This usually induces an instant increased range of motion and function.
Although MAT is fairly new to the UK, it is a successful method used widely in America for both professional athletes as well as the general population. At 1body4life MAT is can be used in a treatment session combined with other techniques or at the gym or in a sporting environment during a training session.