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Muscle Activation Technique

639 – 5th Ave SW – Suite 130
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0M9

(403) 263-2225

Open Hours

Mon – Fri — 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday — Closed
Sunday — Closed

What is Muscle Activation Technique?

Muscle Activation Technique

Muscle Activation Technique (MAT®) is a progressive new style of assessment and correction for limited range of motion, joint instability and muscular imbalances.

Developed on principles fundamental to human health, MAT® believes normal human movement requires your muscles ability to contract efficiently. Limited or lost physical performance or pain is often the result when the efficiency of muscle contraction begins to deteriorate.

Your body is built to operate symmetrically on both sides. By comparing range of motion left to right, the muscle activation technique can effectively evaluate your body’s ability to develop competent muscle contractions.

Potentially weak or injured muscles can be identified by our Comparative Assessment of Mobility when movement is found to be asymmetrical. Our MAT® Specialist then completes further assessment to determine if those muscles have lost the ability to contract efficiently.

When a muscle reaches this stage, re-activation techniques are utilized to restore efficiency through the application of precise forces. Increases to range of motion and the accompanied improvements in muscle contraction efficiency are monitored through a built in system of accountability.

Who is Muscle Activation Technique For?


Here are just a few of the people MAT® has helped: Testimonials

The real answer is Muscle Activation Technique is suitable for all of our clientele at Action Sports Clinic. From Elite Athletes to Weekend Warriors.

How MAT® Helps Athletes

  • Recover from competitive stress
  • Injury prevention
  • Train more efficiently
  • Reach optimal athletic performance

The function of MAT® is to treat the muscle weakness or imbalance before an injury occurs. Conventional post injury therapy focuses on the symptom and often the underlying cause is not properly addressed. Improved mechanics combined with symmetrical, pain-free, motion makes all the difference.

Optimal Performance For Everyone

From clinical rehabilitation or personal training environments, Muscle Activation Techniques will help you achieve optimal performance to complete your daily activities with ease.

Our MAT® Certified Specialist is trained to strengthen and restore function to weak muscles through the application of several different force techniques.

Every client is unique and treated as such, every session is different. Compensation patterns and weakness in muscular structure are identified as our specialist listen’s to your body’s responses.

Other Common Questions About MAT®

What Are The Goals of The Muscle Activation Technique?

  • Determine whether or not the brain is properly signalling to your muscles to contract when necessary
  • Identify which muscles are not receiving neural input by performing range of motion tests
  • Improve the stability of your joints by reactivating muscles and their ability to contract on demand
  • Provide a checks and balances system to make sure that any time mobility is increased, there is appropriate input and therefore contraction during this motion

How Do I Know If I Have Weak Muscle?


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What Causes Muscle Weakness?

Muscle weakness can be caused by a host of circumstances including overuse, trauma or stress. When you exercise, there is a period of exertion and then recovery. It is normal to feel fatigue. When there is trauma, stress or overuse, the muscle may not recover until properly rested. If this is habitual, (i.e. sitting at the computer for hours per day, over the course of many years) then the result can be muscle weakness.

Our central nervous system detects various forms of stress and as a defence mechanism, inhibits the ability of muscles to contract. When a particular set of muscles contract or shorten, the opposing or antagonist muscles lengthen. In contrast, the lengthening muscles may lose their ability to lengthen because the opposite muscles cannot contract.

Your body produces a protection mechanism to keep the body from moving into a position of weakness or vulnerability. A sudden trauma to the body may also cause a muscle to become weakened, such as slipping on ice and moving into an extreme range of motion suddenly. Our goal is to eliminate this “tightness” by simply restoring your muscle’s ability to contract.

At MAT® we say, “Muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness.” If you can correct the weakness, then most times you can eliminate the tightness.

How Do I Know?

We recommend that you visit our qualified MAT® Specialist and have him do a thorough assessment. Our MAT® Specialist is highly skilled and trained with over 300 individual muscle tests to determine not only which muscles may be weakened, but also which specific fibers of these muscles.muscle activation technique calgary

Can’t I Correct Muscle Weakness With Training?

The answer is – maybe. If you have muscles that have been weakened due to prolonged stress or sudden trauma, then moving them into a position of vulnerability (contraction) may result in other muscles taking over or compensating. This leads to the weak muscles staying weak and the strong muscles getting stronger. This can lead to joint deterioration and chronic problems like tendonitis and arthritis due to imbalanced forces acting on the joint. The best course of action is to properly assess which specific motions are limited and which muscles are weakened and then to take a course of action to improve your muscle function.

MAT® can tell you which muscles are weak, and then give you the tools to improve these weaknesses, so that you can get back to participating in the sports/activities that you enjoy from a position of strength.

So MAT® is A Type of Exercise? 

Yes! MAT® is a precise and focused exercise process that can be used as an adjunct to any number of other exercise processes. MAT® can help an individual prepare for exercise, help someone sustain an exercise program and support rehabilitation for certain conditions when deemed appropriate by medical providers. 

How Long Will I Need To Do The Exercises?

We recommend that you do the exercises two to three times per day for two weeks to restore the connection of a weakened muscle. Of course this varies with every individual. If you are continuing with the activity that contributed to the problem in the first place, it may be wise to discontinue this activity for a period of time and allow the body to heal. The exercises should help you to restore the connection and return to your normal exercise routine safely. 

What’s The Next Step?

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Our Philosophy

Action Sports Clinic has a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy professionals serving the active community of downtown Calgary.  As a team, we strive for excellence in evidence-based and personalized care for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.  Combining the unique strengths of each professional discipline, this integral approach to care enables each patient to draw from the expertise of team members.  This eliminates the traditional barriers of communication between busy practitioners, thereby ensuring collaboration and effectiveness of treatment programs.

We are athletes ourselves…and we understand the needs of sports minded clients. We believe that participation in physical activity is an important part of health and vitality. The pursuit of dreams, setting goals, and the drive for personal achievement are all values we believe in and aspire.

We Are One of the Top Teams of Physical Therapists in Calgary.

"I attend Action Sports Clinic to see my physiotherapist - Darra. Darra is very knowledgeable, attentive, and truly knows his sports medicine. I would highly recommend Darra to anyone who has a sports injury or is in need of physiotherapy.The front desk staff are very friendly and helpful, and are able to answer all of my questions."

Morgan Tarves – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Initial Assessment went well. Office was busy but staff were attentive and on the ball. Dr. Rennick was gentle and adjusted my back well. I will be back for another appointment."

Jen Scheershmidt – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Knowledgeable, friendly and intuitive staff. Allison is the best physio I've worked with and Dr Sean is a natural healer."

Chad Ford – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Frequently Asked Questions

What Brands does Action Sports Clinic Carry?

We carry brands from the worlds top manufacturers including Donjoy, Össur, CTi, Bauerfeind, Thuasne and more.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes! We take pride in personal service and being very accomodating. Please click any of our Appointment Buttons and submit your information, we will be in touch to confirm your date and time.

What are the office hours?

We are open Monday – Friday from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.

What services do you offer?

We specialize in the practice of Sports Medicine and provide services related to Sports Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, Massage, as well as off the shelf and custom Bracing & Orthotics. To learn more please visit our “Services” section of the website.

Do I need a referral from my physician?

No, a referral is not required to schedule an appointment.

Do you provide custom brace solutions?

Yes, Dr. Rennick is qualified by the world’s top orthoepedic brands to develop custom bracing solutions for many conditions.

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Open Hours

Sunday          Closed
Monday          9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday         9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday   9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday       9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday             9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday       Closed


639 5 Avenue Southwest Suite 130
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0M9

Action Sports Clinic