Active Therapeutic Movements (ATM)
The Central Nervous System (CNS) governs the dynamic movement stability components of your musculoskeletal system. These components work throughout the anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal system. Normal dynamic stability provides the healthy body with the ability to perform normal, good quality, low-energy / high-efficiency movements. In the case of pain, the CNS will change its neuromuscular activation strategy, to a high energy / low efficiency movement. This altered CNS movement control is clearly visible and recognizable in the presence of pain.
Active Therapeutic Movements
(ATMs) provide immediate and long-lasting benefits to many back, neck,
shoulder, pelvis, hip, and knee sufferers. By definition ATMs consist of a few
active neuromuscular movements superimposed upon a specific passive holding.
ATMs aim to immediately alter symptoms, by affecting the Central Nervous System
(CNS) control of muscle activation patterns which directly impact ranges of
motion. The ATM2 is a clinical tool designed to enable the user to effectively
transition from a previously painful range of motion to one that is complete,
and totally free of pain.
ATMs are a new approach to treating musculoskeletal disorders. Their specificity and immediate effect provide new avenues in the professional outpatient and sports medicine setting. What's unique about the ATM2 concept is that once the user is transitioned to a pain free movement and full range of motion is restored continued training on the device leads to plasticity within the CNS that "imprints" the new movement pattern into memory.
This process is automatic and requires no volitional movement from the end user. Once these muscles are engaged, sequenced and reactivated the muscles may be continuously conditioned through routine training sessions on the ATM2 leading to an enhanced level of performance.
In conclusion The ATM2 can improve muscle activation patterns in just a few minutes, which leads to the following immediate outcomes:
1. Immediate increase in ROM: Increases efficiency and usage of the core stabilization muscles (multifidus/transverse abdominus) causes immediate relaxation of global movement muscles which result in immediate increase in ROM, with out ever doing inefficient and potentially harmful stretching exercises.
2. Immediate increase in strength: The ATM2 causes muscle sequencing to become more efficient in that less muscle activity achieves stronger more sustained outputs.
3. Immediate reduction in pain: Inefficient and wasteful noise related to the human body being inherently unstable (in the upright, functional position) is significantly diminished - thus more efficiency of movement which leads to more strength and better movement across joints. Furthermore, the ATM2 causes muscle activity to balance out with in the body and facilitate painful movement to become totally pain-free by transition the CNS from a painful movement strategy to one that is free of pain.