Joel is originally from Iowa and he has been a practicing biomechanics professional in Houston since 1998. He holds a degree in Exercise Physiology from Iowa State University and he began his Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) training in 2001, with completion of the certification in early 2003, worked at the Houstonian Club for many years.
Joel is one of the first therapists certified in MAT and trains directly by MAT creator and developer Greg Roskopf. Joel has studied post-injury and surgery rehabilitation, injury prevention and body biomechanics for over 20 years and considered an expert in the field among the peers. He has the highest Levels of MAT Practitioner Certification as Full Body Specialist, Mastery and MATRx. Joel is also certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS).
Joel uses a gently understanding approach during his sessions and perceives each clients for the individual circumstances, while applying the advantages of the experience and lessons from thousands of previous cases when applicable.
Joel works with all realms of physical capabilities and backgrounds. His treatments have been highly successful with professional athletes, yogis and yoga instructors, personal trainers, doctors, kids, business professionals, everyone from 7 to 92 and all those considering themselves “normal” in their physical being.
Muscle Activation Techniques Therapy is a type of physical manual therapy based on muscular balance. Weak or inhibited muscles can cause other muscles in the body to tighten in order to help stabilize the joints. MAT gets to the root of the problem by re-activating the weaker muscles. The result is decreased pain, improved range of motion, reduced risk of future injury, freedom of movement and improved quality of life.
MAT Practitioner is able to evaluate an individual client’s neuromuscular function by performing a series of mobility tests and then correlating the limitations in range of motion (ROM) with muscle tests that can identify which specific muscles are not contracting efficiently. Once a muscle weakness is identified, MAT Practitioner is trained to precisely “Activate” each muscle weakness through either isometric contractions or specific force application to the origin and insertion points of the affected muscle. After MAT sessions of restoring muscle function, clients report that their original symptoms greatly decrease because the Practitioner worked to re-establish and strengthen the connections between the nervous system and the muscular system
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What Is Muscle Activation?