We use the ATM 2 to increase range of motion, improve movement control, and decrease pain for a variety of problems. We use the ATM 2 to help improve problems with the neck, mid-back, low back, as well as shoulder and hip problems. Using the ATM 2 has helped improve the status of patients with a variety of diagnoses including degenerative disc disease in the neck or lower back, thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff tendinitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), hip bursitis, and numerous other diagnoses. When pain and stiffness are no longer an issue we are using the ATM 2 for performance enhancement for activities requiring excellent core strength and control. The ATM 2 has had a significant impact on how we address the problems of a variety of patients in our physical therapy practice. We have always used a comprehensive approach to address challenging, painful, and function limiting problems that are decreasing the quality of life. The ATM 2 has proven to be an outstanding tool to facilitate pain free movements with improved strength and control. We are now using the ATM 2 with the majority of our patients as part of their physical rehabilitation program.
The ATM 2 concept emphasizes getting immediate results. We have seen these results with nearly every patient who has been trained on the system. It has not been uncommon to have lower back pain patients double their range of motion while producing less pain or no pain compared to their status immediately before using the ATM 2. Patients with painful shoulders have increased their ability to raise their arm overhead by 15° or more in one session. It is often surprising how much progress can be made with a pain free method of treatment.
We expect to apply the ATM concept successfully for physical rehabilitation and performance enhancement for many years to come.
Shawn Everson, DPT, OCS, MTC