Active Therapeutic Movements are a new approach to treating musculoskeletal pain. This machine enables the doctors to prescribe active therapeutic exercises or movements, which the patient would otherwise be unable to perform because of their painful condition.
The patient is asked if he or she can reproduce their pain. Does it hurt more when you bend forward or backward? Once the painful range of motion is identified you may then appropriately position the patient on the ATM2 for the exercises.
The patient stands either facing or back against the ATM2 machine. Joint repositioning and stabilizing is obtained with the use of restraining belts. The belts on either side of the uprights get connected across the patient and tightened to reduce the patient’s pain. Once a pain free position is obtained the patient performs the therapeutic exercises. The exercises are always performed in the direction that previously reproduced the pain.
These shortened controlled exercises actually change the brain’s perception of the previously painful motion. It recognizes that the body is now performing the same motion but without pain! This produces immediate pain reduction and improved ranges of motion. The ATM2 essentially reeducates how the nerves and muscles function together as a unit. It’s nothing short of amazing.