Published on January 9, 2019 by Krissy Jackson from Broadview University
After suffering a traumatic spinal injury, Joe Marino was told he would spend the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair—and then he discovered Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®). Joe’s life was changed by this drastic injury, but he found hope through MAT® founder Greg Roskopf’s approach.
Regaining Mobility Through MAT®
As soon as Joe had visited Greg Roskopf, he knew there was something special about Muscle Activation Techniques®. “My wife and I both left and were like, ‘What the heck was that?’ That was amazing. It was something we had never experienced before”, Joe recalls. Since visiting Greg for bi-monthly training sessions, this revolutionary approach has helped Joe to regain his mobility. From the daily use of a wheelchair and other aids, Joe has now regained his mobility. He now is able to ride his motorcycle again–something he had never imagined possible.
MAT® Changes Lives
In the summer of 2017, Joe had the opportunity to meet with MAT® Specialists students to talk about the profound impact Muscle Activation Techniques® has had on his recovery. Joe says, “What you’re learning here—it changes lives. I’m not a professional athlete, I don’t have millions and millions of dollars. We would not be here, and we would not be in the position that I am in if it wasn’t for what you guys are learning. There is zero doubt in my mind that what you guys are learning right now does change lives.”
Joe’s story is miraculous, but without Muscle Activation Techniques®, this recovery may have not been possible. MAT® redefines pain management across both the exercise and rehabilitation fields to focus on muscle contraction and activation. Range of motion tests show which muscles have decreased contractibility, and MAT® professionals apply precise forces to restore that muscle’s efficiency. MAT® Certified Specialists are trained and certified to perform several force application techniques that can restore function and strengthen weak muscles.
Other MAT® Clients
In addition to Joe’s recovery, Muscle Activation Techniques® has helped both professional athletes and non-athletes alike. Other MAT® clients include NFL teams Denver Broncos and Kory Lichtensteiger from the Washington Redskins, as well as U.S. Women’s Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, Olympic medalists, and PGA athletes including Bryson DeChambeau.
Become a Certified MAT® Specialist
Do you want to learn how to help transform lives as a Certified Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist? Contact us for more information on how to transform lives through MAT® and to register for upcoming courses.