What takes place at the first appointment?

The objective of the Activation Mechanics process is to restore optimal joint
function, improve the joints ability to tolerate forces and then maintain it.  This is
a process that takes place over a series of appointments.  The first appointment
includes the following:

•Fill out general health information form
•Discuss how AM can help you
•Discuss the length of the treatment process (Generally two to eight
       
appointments scheduled at one week intervals)
•Start the assessment and correction process
•Go over exercises you will do at home several times during the day until your
next appointment.  (these exercises are specific to you and require your complete
attention, but take less than five minutes to complete)
•Schedule your next appointment

How long will it take to see results?

The number of sessions required to resolve a musculoskeletal problem depends on
the individual and their particular situation.  Most clients notice improvement in
one or two sessions.  Clients with broken bones, fusions, joint replacements,
surgeries, years of chronic or intermittent muscular pain, etc. may require a longer
series of visits.  Everyone needs maintenance appointments much like routine
dental check-ups.  Clients with a moderately active lifestyle, good eating habits,
low to moderate stress levels, who maintain a joint-appropriate weight, improve
at a faster rate than those who do not.   

What can I do to help my recovery between visits?

•Reduce activity during the treatment process
•Commit to the number of sessions suggested after the initial consultation
(generally 2 – 6, at one week intervals)
•Keeps scheduled appointments, even when you are feeling good
•Do not combine other therapies, treatments and/or “corrective exercises” with
this process unless your therapist, practitioner, personal trainer and/or coach are
directly coordinating your treatment with each other.
•Do the reinforcement exercises, given at the time of your appointment, several
time a day between office visits
•Realize that long term muscular problems often take time to get better
•Realize that continuing to be active during the treatment process is like trying to
get your car serviced while you’re driving it
•Understand that the activities you choose and the intensity of your performance
must be within what your body is capable of, in its current stage of repair, or your
progress will be limited.

How can I be so weak when I exercise often?

The weakness experienced during a MAT assessment is related to poor
communication between the brain and the muscle (neural inhibition).  The MAT
system is designed to reveal these weaknesses and make corrections.  The
weaknesses revealed during a MAT session are present during exercise, but the
body, being an excellent compensator, hides the weak areas.  If left untreated,
over time you may experience a discrepancy in size or strength from right to left,
limited mobility, muscle tightness, and pain.  Muscles that are neurologically weak
are different from muscles that are deconditioned or weak from lack of exercise.  If
a muscle is neurologically weak, not only will exercise not help, but it may
contribute to the muscular dysfunction that leads to arthritic changes in the joint.

Is this process covered by insurance?

Muscle Activation Techniques is a system that creates a baseline for improved
joint function, which is the necessary, although rare, starting point for every form
of exercise from yoga to power lifting.  Currently, insurance companies do not
cover these services.

How should I dress for the session?

Wear loose fitting clothes.  A T-shirt and sweat pants are recommended.

Is Activation Mechanics appropriate for children?

Yes, this process is ideal for children because they do not have an accumulation of
injuries and compensations to unravel.  Most children and teenagers have
immediate and long lasting results.  Routine MAT mechanical check-ups scheduled
like dental check-ups may well improve the longevity and function of the joints
and reduce the aches, pains and mobility issues frequently associated with the
aging process.

Why isn’t MAT offered at health clubs?
The number one reason for this is because there are only three Certified
Specialists in Massachusetts and all work independently from a franchise fitness
facility.

Until 2001 only the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz had access to
MAT through its developer Greg Roskopf of Denver, Colorado.  As of the Fall of
2007 there are approximately 250 Muscle Activation Techniques Certified
Specialists in the United States and Canada.

Another reason why MAT is not yet offered in health clubs is because it does not
fall into the typical fitness profession education format.  Traditional classes for
Personal Trainer’s are one hour to two days in length and cost up to several
hundred dollars.  The MAT Internship Program can exceed $20,000.00 (tuition plus
expenses).  The MAT Jump-Start Program is a commitment of three weekends,
$900.00 tuition plus travel expenses.  Both programs require many hours of study
and even more hours of “hands on” practice to develop the skills necessary to
effectively utilize the information.  In addition to the time and financial
commitment, MAT explores neurophysiology and exercise mechanics and
challenges many of the concepts currently used in today’s fitness programs.  
Fitness facility management is not always open to new ideas that do not conform
to industry standards.  Finally, these programs require the trainer to think about
the individual they are working with and develop exercises specifically for that
individual for each session with the understanding that exercise is an ongoing
process, not subject to standardization, programming or protocols.  This way of
thinking is rare in the fitness industry.

What is involved in becoming a MAT Certified Specialist?

The MAT Internship Program is ten months and consists of eight, 3-day weekends.
Interns are required to be in Denver or satellite locations for these classes.
Prior to applying for the internship, candidates must have a degree and/or
appropriate experience in health or exercise related fields and a thorough
understanding of anatomy.  Certification requires 176 hours of instruction including
a 5 hour midterm and practical exam and an extensive 8 hour Final exam and
practical under the supervision of the MAT developer, Greg Roskopf (Only Interns
from classes 1-5 were personally tested by Greg Roskopf).  In addition to the
course requirements, Interns should expect:

•to log a minimum of 600 practice hours  
•several hours per day of study time
•group study weekends with other Interns in the same geographical region
•cadaver anatomy labs
•advanced biomechanics classes offered through
www.resistancetrainingspecialist.com
•significant investment in textbooks, flexible skeleton, disarticulated skeleton,
videos, tutoring, etc.

How can I set up an appointment?

CONTACT me to set up an appointment or consultation.

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What takes place at the first appointment?
How long will it take to see results?
What can I do to help my recovery between visits?
How can I be so weak when I exercise often?
Is this process covered by insurance?
How should I dress for the session?
Is Activation Mechanics appropriate for children?
Why isn’t MAT offered at health clubs?
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