ATM2 has dramatically added to our practice repertoire providing an active approach to a range of spinal, hip, and shoulder diagnoses. The ATM2 allows treatment for even acute low back pain providing immediate decrease in pain level and dramatic motion improvement.
The ATM2 is extremely versatile and can easily and quickly be reconfigured to treat patients of all ages, body types and conditions. Often concomitant with lumbar stenosis is a markedly evident anterior pelvic tilt which exacerbates stenosis symptoms. The ATM2 gives us a functional tool to improve leg-pelvis muscular flexibility and isolate the lumbar spine providing true active lumbar flexion with pelvis stabilized posteriorly.
One specific case involved a golfer who presented with complaint of low back pain only while playing golf. Active examination demonstrated dramatic left lumbar restriction and limited “take back” in his swing creating pain provoking motion limitation. ATM2 provided dramatic pain free motion improvement and an enthusiastic golfer who did not expect physical therapy to address his golf game as well as his low back symptoms.
One patient presented status-post rotator cuff repair with active range of motion restrictions in multiple planes. Utilizing the upper extremity Scapulo-Thoracic Stabilization harness, the patient’s movements were effectively isolated and strengthening the shoulder girdle was possible without placing undue stress on the repair site. The ATM2 helped restore proper shoulder biomechanics safely and efficiently.
Jay Giannelli, PT, DC