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The ATM2 Concept is used to provide an immediate, significant and lasting increase in range of motion and strength. This is achieved with no time-consuming stretching or any of the common injury-prone strengthening exercises typically used.
To understand how the ATM2 Concept works, one needs to first ask the question: "Why do our global (movement) muscles get stiff to begin with?"
Well, in almost cases, they do NOT get stiff due to anything wrong with the muscles themselves internally.
Usually, they get stiff because the brain wants them to be stiff.
This leads to the next obvious question: "Why does the brain want these muscles to be stiff?"
The answer to this has to do with the muscles that provide core stability. Primarily, the multifidus muscles, which have the primary responsibility of preventing adjoining vertebrae bones in our spine from moving out of their normal ranges, stiffen to prevent any permanent damage to the disks and ligaments between them.
It has been demonstrated very clearly in the research literature that individual multifidus muscles will frequently stop functioning efficiently in the presence of pain (and my guess is that this also happens as we get older). Keep in mind that many of these muscles are tiny: less than half an inch tip-to-tip. As a result of their small size, these muscles lose their mass very quickly. When a person's multifidus muscles are not responsive, the spine becomes very vulnerable, as it has lost the primary mechanism to prevent adjoining vertebrae bones from moving out of bounds.
Luckily for us, our brain is smart enough to detect that there is a problem. So what does the body do? You guessed it: the brain sends a signal to the global muscles to become tight in order to restrict overall movement, which will help protect the spine itself from serious injury.
The point is that the person's tightness and stiffness is not the real problem -- stiffness is actually a protective mechanism preventing the spine from very serious injury!
So based on these research findings, how does the Advanced Therapeutic Movement concept work? Using the ATM2, you re-establish the lines of communications between the brain and the core multifidus muscles so that they can become more responsive. Once this communication happens -- and it takes only 1-2 minutes -- the brain figuratively says to itself: "Aha, my core muscles are now very responsive. Now I do not need as much help from the global muscles in order to protect the spine, so I can release them".
Consequently, the global muscles relax immediately. This translates into a significant and immediate increase in range of motion that actually lasts, as opposed to the typical brute force and risky stretching techniques commonly used in therapy.
The amazing thing about the ATM2 system is that no end-of-range stretching-type exercises are needed to achieve this huge, immediate and lasting increase in range of motion!
The entire ATM2 exercise program only takes a few minutes, and the result is a very significant increases in range of motion for almost all people.
I could go on in great detail explaining how the ATM2 works, but ultimately the clearest explanation comes when you personally feel the outcomes.
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