Frequently Asked Questions

What is Muscle Activation Therapy?
Muscle Activation Therapy, or the Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) is a unique and proven method of helping the human body to self identify and heal inefficiencies and imbalances in the muscles and joints. Imbalances cause physical instability, limit natural range of motion, and contribute to physical injury. Once muscle imbalances are identified, we are able to activate the under performing muscles naturally through a quick and painless procedure and restore them to full efficiency. The end result is a musculoskeletal system fully adjusted and performing at its maximum potential.
Muscle activation sounds weird. Who is using it?
Muscle activation has been relatively unknown. However, you may be surprised to learn that many professional and elite athletes use it to recover from and prevent muscle and joint injury and to improve physical performance. This includes members of the NBA, NFL, Olympic winter athletes and professional PGA golfers.

Muscle activation therapy has moved from an exclusive premium injury recovery and prevention service for the elite, to an affordable premium product for rehabilitation and performance improvement for everyday people and athletes. Give it a try!

How do you know which muscles are causing instability and need to be activated?
Over time, Muscle Activation Therapy has developed into a proven methodology able to test each of the over 300 muscles in the human body. These tests use the bodies natural systems to communicate which specific muscles are not properly “firing” or contracting. This methodology relies on an established practice called Clinical Kinesiology which uses the bodies reflex points and muscle tests for each of the muscle divisions. This method is quickly becoming the standard of care for sports medicine and sports chiropractic, athletic injuries and improving human performance.
Why do muscles become inactive or shutdown?

Many things can contribute to muscle shut down. Sports, day to day recreational activities, too strenuous activities, trauma, and what we eat are just some of the many things that can cause muscles to stop firing or become dormant.

Is muscle activation a long process?
A trained muscle activation specialist or chiropractor can re-activate a muscle in about 10-15 minutes.
How can Chiropractic adjustments help me?
Chiropractic adjustments help to relocate the bodies joints into the correct position, permitting the body to heal itself. Chiropractic care reduces pressure on sensitive nerves by realigning the spine.  This pressure may contribute to breakdown of the central nervous system.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment is a method of applying purposeful, measured, and sometimes sudden force to a joint to correct subluxation or partial dislocation or miss-alignment and movement. The trained chiropractor may use only their hands or include instruments to apply this force. Generally, these adjustments and movements should not hurt the patient.
Are there any side affects of chiropractic adjustments?
Side affects or symptoms some could experience from a chiropractic adjustment include aching or soreness in the joints and muscles, and tight muscles. It is also common to experience fatigue after a session. The reason for this is our bodies adjust to the new and improved manner in which our nervous system is functioning after the treatment. The feeling may be similar to how our bodies feel after beginning a strenuous workout routine. Our bodies, joints, and muscles adjust over time.
Can a chiropractor prescribe medication?
A chiropractors mission is to get your body functioning through natural methods. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication. They rely on alternative and non-addictive prescriptions, including:

  • Muscle Activation Therapy (MAT), to activate dormant or miss-firing muscles. This creates stability and relieves muscles that have been over worked due to compensating for inactive muscles.
  • Adjustments, increase range of motion and realign joints.
  • Soft-tissue therapy, to release tension in the fascia (connective tissue surrounding muscles), relax tight muscles, and relieve spasms.
  • Exercises and stretches, to bring back and maintain range of motion and joint mobility.
  • Joint bracing and taping, helps muscles as they heal by providing support to sprains in the muscles and joints.
Do chiropractors only treat the neck and back?
Chiropractors treat the root cause of joint and muscle pain anywhere it occurs in the body. This includes the entire musculoskeletal system, such as the wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and pelvis, and ankles and knees. The focal point is to correct joint misalignment, and assure surrounding muscles are functioning properly to provide support. This assures maximum physical performance of the physical system, reducing potential for injury, restoring range of motion, reducing pain.
Can chiropractic care reduce headaches?
A tension headache may feel like a dull ache behind the eyes or around the head, like a belt has been pulled tight around the skull. Many times tension headaches are caused by subluxation (misalignment of joints) in the neck or upper back. Chiropractic care can treat and resolve this condition. Headaches can affect everyone differently, and may manifest as a pounding feeling inside the head, nausea, dull or sharp pain, and last anywhere from minutes to days to a few hours. Most headaches do not have serious root causes, but when they do medical help should be sought immediately.
Is cracking your own neck and back bad?
Don’t be tempted to self-adjust your stiff neck and back. With self manipulation you risk moving the incorrect joints. It may make the same “cracking” sound as a chiropractic adjustment, but it can cause harm.

Your stiff neck is caused by a restricted joint, which causes its neighboring joints to work harder in compensating for its non-movement. The compensating joints must move beyond their normal and natural range of motion. Cracking your neck forces them to move even more. Eventually, ligaments that support the spine can stretch, leading to further problems and instability.

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