Dr. Ian Beckingham D.C.
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ATM2 (Active Therapeutic Movement)


An ATM based treatment is a combined clinician/patient effort to manage and control acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Significant results of lowered pain level, improved range of movement, general feeling, and functional goals have been achieved with patients immediately during and after treatment. These achievements are then maintained and controlled by the patient her/himself using an ATM2 system.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, utilizing the ATM2 in our clinic enables suitable pain sufferers to lead a normal life, controlling their problem independently. This will benefit the patient's quality of life, reducing the time, trouble, and costs of repetitive individual back treatments.

The ability to cure chronic back and neck pain appears to be one of the biggest challenges clinicians worldwide have to face. The novelty of the ATM Concept is that, in almost all cases, not only can it effectively and immediately reduce current symptoms in the clinic phase, but if indicated it will give the patient a tool to take home and control the disorder in the future. If the pain levels are eliminated or maintained at a minimum, and the correct muscles are trained daily or as needed in an efficient and comfortable manner, patient control over their own disorder might be within reach.

The ATM concept has three phases

The Examination Phase

The patient is evaluated to determine whether the ATM Concept is suitable. A full examination is undertaken, and contraindications to the ATM2 are searched for. These include pregnancy, internal diseases or conditions, communication problems, psychological factors and others. The patient's readiness to undertake such a project is required. The most important indicator to use the ATM Concept is the ability to significantly decrease the symptoms using the ATM2.

The Clinic Phase

After the evaluation, and deciding that the patient is suitable for the ATM treatment, the clinician will set the patient on the ATM2 so that the specific painful movement will become totally pain-free. The patient performs 1-2 minutes of comfortable exercises while supported by the patented ATM2 device. Immediately after the treatment, the clinician will release the patient from the ATM2 and expect the previously painful movement to have an immediate and significant reduction in pain and increase in range of motion. The clinic phase will last several sessions depending on the patient's condition.

The Home Phase

After a successful clinic phase the patient will know how to operate an ATM2 system independently. Daily home exercise sessions using a portable rented or acquired ATM2, at the patient's convenience will provide long-term control over the disorder, and might prevent future episodes.

For how long do the ATM2 treatment benefits last for?

Like in any kind of therapy techniques, the carryover can vary from patient to patient. The big advantage of the ATM2 is that once the patient learns how to use the device independently, he or she can reduce pain as needed, not allowing the symptoms to worsen.

On what kind of patients would this treatment work?

We have found that in most cases of low back pain and hip disorders with or without leg pain or thoracic disorders can be helped by the ATM2. This includes a wide variety of diagnoses like joint disorders, disc disorders, directional segmental hypomobility or hypermobility. The most important factor is whether a pain free position is found. If previously painful movements become pain-free using the ATM2, one can be quite sure that the user will benefit.

In many cases low back pain and hip disorders are the source of other related disorders. In suitable users those cases will significantly improve after successfully addressing the source of the problem with the ATM2.

How safe is the ATM2?

The ATM2 is intended to bring the user from a painful situation to a pain-free situation. Throughout the session the restraining belts prevent the stabilized area to return to its previously painful position. As long as the treatment is performed by a competent back clinician, and the Warnings and Operating Manual guidelines are followed, the ATM2 in an extremely safe treatment.

Is the ATM2 an exercise device?

The ATM2's main objective is to normalize impaired movements. To do so it addresses the impaired movements passive, active and neural control components.

Because the ATMs are easy and short in duration (usually three sets of ten repetitions) it would be unrealistic to claim that a strengthening exercise occurred. Perhaps it would be more correct to claim that neuromuscular training in the now normal pain-free movements happens during the ATMs. This seems to be enough to achieve significant results on suitable users.

This being said, the ATM2 can double as an excellent exercise device too.

What is the difference between the ATM2 and back exercise devices?

The difference is very significant. The ATM2 is designed to immediately eliminate pain while performing resisted movements, which are intended to normalize painful or limited movements. When the pain is eliminated due to the mechanical repositioning of the restraining belts, the body is put in an optimal position, and the muscles are now being activated in a positive normalized manner.

When pain exists, muscles govern the movement in an altered manner. It doesn't make sense to exercise when the body hurts. If pain is experienced, regular exercise devices are not recommended. The options then are to compromise on the functionality level of the exercises while not doing other important functional exercises due to the pain, or use the ATM2 if found suitable.

Does the ATM2 benefit asymptomatic people?

Many asymptomatic people claim to feel "lighter", "looser", "more energetic" and even "taller" after a few minutes on the ATM2. We have also measured an increased range of golf and tennis swings immediately after using the device. Therefore we believe that the ATM2 also has an important role in making asymptomatic people feel and perform better.

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Dr. Ian Beckingham D.C.
11110 Ohio Ave Suite 108, Los Angeles CA 90025 - (310) 614-2024

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