Who is ABR Belgium?
ABR Belgium is the main hub of the Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation method in Europe. Through our various satellites, we teach the ABR method to parents, therapists and caregivers of children and adults with physical disabilities.
What is ABR?
ABR stands for Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation. It is a complementary manual therapy, consisting of light pressure practiced in a specific way on the body. These pressure techniques allow us to reach the deeper structures of the human body. The goal of ABR is to reinforce those internal tissues. The patient starts performing movements which he never performed before or couldn’t perform anymore. Also important body functions can be improved significantly. This improves his quality of life.
Who can benefit from ABR?
All people – often children – who, due to brain damage are limited in their motor functions or suffer from functional disorders (including fine motor skills), posture, respiration and so on.
Disorders that can be addressed by ABR
ABR treats motor difficulties that often result from the brain or nervous system failure, or from an accident during the foetus development (cerebral palsy, brain damage, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, ...). e.g.:
- wrong posture because of structural weakness and/or deformities;
- (fine) motor developmental delay;
- hemiplegia (hemiplegic paralysis);
- diplegia (two-sided paralysis);
- quadriplegia (paralysis of the four limbs);
- microcephaly (to small head circumference);
- respiration problems;
- feeding problems (chewing, swallowing, digestion, intestinal transit, ...);
- speech disorders;
ABR target groups
- People with heavy vital and/or physical limitations;
- Structural body deformations;
- Heavy motor limitations in terms of lying, rolling, crawling, sitting;
- Medium and light motor limitations in terms of standing and walking;
- Autism and mental retardation.