Experiencing MAT

The MAT process consists of a 3 Step Approach

  1. Appraisal of muscular imbalances through range of motion testing
  2. Treatment of inhibited muscles using palpation and isometric exercise
  3. Prescriptive exercises for self management

» Experiencing Results
» Phases of Care

Your consultation and treatment requires you to wear loose fitting clothing so you are not restricted in movement. The sessions are not physically demanding (non sweaty) and treatment is performed through the clothing. Changing facilities are available on site.

To book a session call 07879 680476 now or use our enquiry form. Alternatively read on for more information on the MAT experience and results.

Step 1 - Your Initial Consultation

includes:-

The aim of the consultation is to ensure your treatment will be as effective as possible by developing an individual action plan.  The range of motion assessment is particularly important to MAT as it highlights muscular imbalances in the body.  These may indicate areas of instability that can contribute to muscle tightness and compensations in movement associated with aches pain and decreased strength and performance.

For more information on muscle imbalances and how they relate to muscle tightness and decreased joint performance see our "How does MAT work" page.

Step 2 - Treatment

A treatment session is one hour and includes:

The aim of the session is to restore potential for joint function at the chosen range of motion from your consultation.  This is performed through light muscle testing to find if a muscle can contract on demand and provide stability.  If the muscle shows as being weak or inhibited they can be activated through light palpation or isometrics.  The effect is increased stability at the joint for increased range of motion with increased control and strength.

For how this works and why it is different from other forms of treatment see our "How Does MAT Work" and the "FAQ" pages

Step 3 - Prescriptive Exercises and Self Management

You may be provided with some chosen isometric exercises that compliment your treatment sessions.  Isometric exercises require you to hold a particular position with minimal effort to effectively ‘jump start’ or wake up the muscle so it can play it’s role in stabilising and moving the joint.

Through self management you can help yourself further.  When you walk out of a session you are not necessarily ‘fixed’.  MAT works by restoring stability and adding support to the body whilst the things we do over time cause stress to it and break it down (part of the aging process).  If there are particular behaviours that have caused the issue you are aiming to resolve then you can aid the recovery process by minimising them until enough support is restored so that they do not have a negative affect.


Experiencing results

The aim of a session is to introduce stability to the body and restore joint function. The real results are achieved by the body post treatment as the body accommodates the changes and the new strength and range of motion now on offer.

The initial post treatment effect of strength control and freedom of motion may be a lasting change or sometimes you may experience some muscle tightness and soreness the next day as your body reacts to and accommodates the treatment. Following this you will start to experience the ongoing changes of mobility and control that your body develops when stability has been restored.

As a general rule of thumb the initial symptom or performance block you are addressing will reduce in terms of:

Consequently your experience of strength, stability and freedom of movement will increase in frequency, duration and intensity!

Short Term vs Long Term Benefits

How you choose to benefit from MAT is up to you. There are three phases of care to move you from a short term fix to long term development of ongoing strength and stability in the body.

Phase 1 - Feeling different: (intensive phase) - Increased joint stability provides an increase in freedom of movement and relief from the major symptom. Note: Symptom may be tightness relating to pain or physical performance.

Phase 2 - Moving differently: (corrective phase) - Improvements in alignment and movement with lasting strength and endurance for achievement of pre-complaint status or only minor symptoms.

Phase 3 - Being different (maintenance and development phase) - Ongoing maintenance or further development of all round joint stability for optimal function and sustained health for prevention of future breakdown.

A Message from Owen:

"MAT needs to be experienced to get a true understanding of how it works, how it is different from other forms of therapy and training yet at the same time compliments them."

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