Who is ABR Belgium?
ABR Belgium is the organization that propagates the ABR method in Belgium. In the centre of ABR Belgium is the method used, explained and taught to parents, therapists and caregivers of children and adults with physical disabilities.
What is ABR?
ABR stands for Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation. It is a relatively young, alternative manual therapy, where a “patient” light pressure is practised on the body. By that particular technique of pressure, not only the superficial but also the deeper tissues are reached. The goal of ABR is to reinforce structurally those internal tissues. The treated person can gradually perform movements again, which he (no longer performed) couldn’t perform before. Also important body functions can be improved significantly. This improves his quality of life.
Who can benefit from ABR?
All people – often children – who, because of brain damage are limited in their motor and/or suffer from functional disorders. Hereby consider the effects of cerebral palsy or brain damage: problems with movement (including fine motor skills), posture, respiration and so on. Also persons with behavioural and mental problems can benefit from ABR.
Disorders that can be remedied by ABR
Generally, ABR treats motor difficulties that often result from a failure in the brains or the nervous system, or from a disorder during the 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.