About the Inventor, Brian Scherff, PT
I am a Physical Therapist (MPT) who was continually frustrated with the lack of specific equipment for physical therapy practice. I established Excellence in Rehabilitation, LLC in 2011 to help create a new piece of equipment—designed by and made for physical therapists—that would be specific to physical therapy needs.
The MAT table is my cornerstone product. It entered the marketplace in the spring of 2019.
I began this journey after several of my own patients had trouble mounting or staying comfortable on the Total Gym. I realized that the existing equipment available in most outpatient clinics was not suitable for some of my outpatient clients.
It seems over the past 15 years, there has been a steady increase in weaker, more debilitated or heavier patients.
These are the clients who have difficulty with the current equipment used in physical therapy. Most of the products in physical therapy outpatient clinics are borrowed—or converted over from fitness center equipment. These types of machines may work well for young mobile patients, but could cause anxiety for those with greater physical challenges.
In 2011 I began constructing different types of multiple applications tables and exercise equipment to enable patients of all sizes and abilities to do squats—without fearing the instability of existing total-gym-type equipment, which was primarily designed for exercise, not rehabilitation after injury or surgery.
The MAT (Multiple Applications Table) is the fruits of that labor.
The MAT provides a stable surface from which to exercise…which translates to peace of mind for this changing patient population. Once patients realize the stability and comfort presented by the MAT Table, and the subsequent reduced anxiety— they will achieve better outcomes and be more committed to complying with physical therapy exercises.
What is the Multiple Applications Treatment Table?
The MAT table is a 5-in-1 combination treatment table and multi-function exercise table-that takes up less space than the 5 machines it can replace!
- It’s a multiple applications workout platform.
- It’s a mobilization/treatment table.
- It’s a traction table.
- It’s a pulley system.
- It’s a tilt /inversion table.
The MAT will reduce costs, as it has multiple functions with only one table.
A prototype MAT table was tested at a wellness center in Otsego, Mich. in the final months of 2018 with valuable patient input. I’m so grateful for all the therapists and patients who have given advice to help make this a better product for the rehab community.
In 2019 we faced the exciting task of refining the MAT table. I looked for and appreciated all the feedback I could get.
It was the beginning of a long road…Want to know where we have been since then? read the next chapter here: The Build