The mat program involves the patient in activities incorporating both movement and stability. They range from single movements, such as unilateral scapula motions, to complex combinations requiring both stabilization and motion, such as crawling or knee walking. The activities are done in different positions, for function and to vary the effects of reflexes or gravity. The therapist also chooses positions that can help control abnormal or undesired movements. Mat treatment unites all the parts of the PNF philosophy. In this situation it is easy to begin with activities that are strong and pain free and work toward improving those functions that need improvement. Because the mat activities involve many parts of the body, irradiation from the strong parts is easier to achieve. Last (but not least) the work can be fun.
KeywordsTrunk Muscle Rolling Motion Weight Shift Trunk Flexion Neck Flexion
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