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Jon Brody 04-14-2009 07:20 AM

MuscleActivationTecniques (MAT)
Anyone familiar with this? Hope this doesn't come across like an infomercial, but I just had a really positive experience with it.

I'm friendly with a guy who recently transitioned to doing this full-time, professionally. I've been pretty skeptical about it whenever he's talked about it, but this past Friday did an emergency session after pinching a muscle real bad in my neck while buttoning my pants (laaaaame). I had horrible ROM in my neck and my entire right, upper back started to get wicked inflamed. My recovery has been phenomenal, though. After the session my ROM had improved greatly and the pain/inflammation that was getting increasingly worse pretty much stymied. I did the MAT-exercises prescribed, took 2 days "off" where I just ran, did some core and bodyweight work (which prior I thought I had no chance of doing). Yesterday, I did my legit lifting and haven't had any problems.

Maybe just luck, but I'm definitely going to investigate further and go back as various problems arise and see how it goes.

Just cruised the MAT's site's FAQ and it's pretty interesting (thoughts on stretching, tight muscles, neurological jumpstarting, etc.).

Andrew Wilson 04-14-2009 09:07 AM

Sounds like ART or ARP

Jon Brody 04-17-2009 08:52 AM

I had a brief talk w/ my friend, who said he liked ART and was pretty familiar w/ it, but that MAT is a different breed of beast was what I interpreted.

In terms of the treatment itself, the pressure applied is more "superficial" -- not the best word, but basically it doesn't go to the absolute inner depths that you find w/ ART.

The MAT is really starting to intrigue me. It's seems almost too ingenious. There is trauma/injury/weakness/etc., surrounding areas immediately begin to compensate, feel the pain, create new imbalances while the original weakness/injury festers. Through tests the areas get pin-pointed and the muscles are "turned back on", allowing optimal recovery and immediate strength while stymieing further imbalance.

There is more logic to it I'm sure, but that's my basic understanding at this point.

N.B. I did another sesh yesterday after tweaking something in my hip/quad; if I was on a knee or w/e I couldn't get up without holding on to my other leg or something else. 30m MAT later I was s8ened out.

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