What is ABR?
ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation) is a manual therapy developed by Leonid Blyum. The aim is to restore proper tone to the muscles and internal myofascia of the body, which has a cascade effect improving the alignment of the skeleton. The aim of this process is to improve the muscle tone and for the arms and legs to develop increasing muscle mass, improve the range of mobility, and finally improve overall strength - so that the children can develop their movements in normal spontaneous ways. The aim of ABR is to show that irreversibility of initial structural brain damage does not make motor function recovery intrinsically hopeless. The brain damage does not appear to be a critical obstacle for improving biomechanical reconstruction, as long as the musculoskeletal system is addressed in an effective biomechanical manner. The ABR technique recognizes the fundamental role of smooth muscles in the development of the musculoskeletal system.
ABR is a therapy that parents perform at home. It is a type of slow, very deep massage designed to maximize connective tissue and have a strengthening effect on muscles in the body. The parent, or carer, learns how to apply the passive manual therapy from an experienced ABR practitioner. In addition an ABR Massager machine can be leased to allow further daily or nightly treatment on a daily basis (see below). The therapy changes with the child as areas of the body improve.
As the ABR technique is based on the improvement of the internal involuntary muscles and tissues of the body, its purpose is to address the structure rather than function, and is predictable and developmentally sequential. Overseas results to date include restored proportions and alignment of the skeleton, restored muscle tone, restored muscle mass in the arms and legs, improved general health and wellbeing. Changes that typically occur include improved sleep patterns, improved bowel and bladder function, increased mobility, weight gain, improved speech and behaviour. It can also help to relieve distortions in the body, such as straightening and relieving hands from being tight and rolled into a fist, and giving strength to the shoulder girdle.
Some of the information about the ABR technique and results has been extracted from the website www.abr.asia.