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MAT technique helping both pro athletes & public

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In the world of health, the quest for new rehab and conditioning methods is constantly being researched. A new technique only 12 years in the making has made it's way to Lafayette and it's getting both high profile athletes and the public back in working order. 

"After the first session I ended up with significant improvement. UP until then my weekends were spent laying on the sofa trying to stay out of pain," MAT client Michael Gaspard said. 

It was a long, painful road for Michael Gaspard. Issues from improper lifting with his offshore work forced him to seek out medical treatment. He was on the verge of surgery when gave MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques) a try as a second to last resort. 

"My activities around the campground after I set the trailer up was sit around on a zero gravity chair and watch all the other activities going on. Now I can participate," Gaspard said.

"Over time this repetitive type of use, or whatever it may be, it might be trauma, will cause a disconnect between the nervous system and the muscle where the communication has got some disconnect," MAT Specialist Mike Morris said. 

     These techniques were developed by biomechanics consultant Greg Roskopf. He also works with the Denver Broncos and has future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as a client. MAT uses isolated repetitions or direct stimulation at the origin and insertion points of muscles to reconnect with the central nervous system. 

     MAT specialist Mike Morris has seen clients from the very young, all the way up to age 88. Even 1st round pick pro baseball player Chase Vallot and members of the LSU athletics training staff have also jumped on board.

"If you can imagine a radio tower sitting in the middle of a field and it has six guide wires holding it up, well here comes the wind and all these forces against it so they equally have tension on them. What happens when you cut one of those cables? Can you see that these 5 have to pick up the slack for this guy?  Now the tension ramps up and now you've got two lines pulling here and three lines over here so maybe that radio tower may torque a bit to this side," Morris said. 

Though small pokes and prods to the right parts of the muscle groups, these new techniques are making a big difference in the end for clients. 

"You know I've been standing here for probably 5 minutes, I would have never done that before this started. I would be sitting on a chair," Gaspard said.

"Our job is to make sure that everything is working and working optimally so that you can do your day to day function," Morris said. 

To learn more about MAT visit www.muscleactivation.com 

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