THE CLASSIC APPROACH
medical approach typically followed by the NHS in the UK and the HSE in Eire relies
heavily on the use of physiotherapy; muscle relaxing drugs; forced seating and
standing positions; specialised boots and clothing; surgical intervention, and
Botox injections. Parents are required to visit different specialists (respiratory,
musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthotics etc,) who
each focus in on specific problems rather than dealing with the child as a
This fragmented approach results in a service that tends to react to problems as they arise, producing responses that address the symptoms rather than the root cause of the difficulties. Crucially, the system fails to understand that the problems faced by the child are all intrinsically linked (each department having their own approach and “solution”) resulting in a lack of understanding of the underlying difficulties and a distinct lack of success.
THE ABR APPROACH
ABR gets straight to the root of the problems by targetting the connective tissues that help make up the body's fascia. Here's a brief explanation of what these terms mean and what fascia actually is.
As with the orange in the video the same is true of the human body. If the connective tissues are weak and the body fascia does not perform its natural function we also witness the internal collapse of the child's body. The body is not properly segmented, systems don't develop properly and different elements can not operate independently. Muscular problems and skeletal malformations occur and consequently the child experiences restrictions in their functional abilities.
The classic medical approach to cerebral palsy and other movement disorders completely ignores the importance of the body's fascia. When the physiotherapist stretches or pulls a child, when a doctor prescribes muscle relaxing drugs, when the surgeon cuts a muscle or a bone, or when a child is fitted with splints or other orthosis that only deals with the symptoms. To successfully deal with the problem you need to change the muscular-skeletal structure. That's what ABR does.
Examples of human connective tissues that are found throughout the body.
Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation (ABR) works by remodelling and strengthening the connective tissues through a process of slow compressional movements. Slowly but surely the child’s body strengthens and muscle and bone move into more natural positions, contractures are reversed, spasticity is reduced and ultimately eliminated. Alone amongst therapies ABR actually changes the body’s structure – positively. When that happens the child gains in mobility and functional ability, moreover ABR improvements are permanent.
ABR provides the child's body with the necessary mechanical stimulation to develop, stimulation that was not properly received because of the brain injury. ABR follows the course intended by Mother Narture, effectively restarting the physical development process, without the need for drugs, surgery or forceful interventions. That’s why ABR results are so impressive.
EXAMPLES OF CHANGING THE BODY'S STRUCTURE USING ABR
See how the shape of the rib cage has changed, how the distorted bones have been re-shaped, over two and a half years.
Look at how the neck has been strengthened so that the girl can now hold her head up - achieved over a period of 12 months.
Follow the progress of this boy over a period of 6 years. From fully extending backwards with no control of his body to a position where the extension has completely gone and he is able to sit unsupported. This is what can be achieved when using ABR techniques to address the root causes of structural weakness - difficulties caused by weaknesses in the connective tissues that compromise the body's fascia.
With ABR you take the power to improve your child's life into your own hands! To find out more about ABR simply click on the red button below.