The history of ABR

The ABR method was developed by the Russian mathematician and biomechanicus Leonid Blyum. As a mathematician (graduated in 1992 at the University of Novosibirsk), he was specialized in mathematical models of complex systems. He studied the structure and the functioning of the musculoskeletal system (biomechanics), and more specifically of the spinal disorders and joint deformities. Further, he worked with his father, a physician specializing in the manual treatment of these disorders.

Through study and experience Leonid Blyum developed the belief that musculoskeletal deformities could be well treated with a quasi-static manual therapy. “Quasi-static” means: a long and gentle pressure with the hands (as opposed to often powerful manipulations.

From 1996 to 2000 Leonid Blyum taught applied biomechanics and manual therapy to postgraduate doctors in Moscow. Meanwhile his personal work in the field of scoliosis and other musculoskeletal deformities proved the efficiency of his quasi-static method. He expanded his research field to the rehabilitation of patients with neurological damage (usually brain damage) suffering from general motor disorders and deformities. Again results were conclusive.

His method – which he called ABR, Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation – necessitates daily work. Therefore he decided to teach his technique to the parents of the CP children. ABR satellites are now operating in many countries. Trainers who have learned the technique from Leonid Blyum teach the parents and caregivers.

How came ABR Belgium into existence?

ABR Belgium was established at the end of 2001 by Krista Bynens. She is the mother of Pieter-Jan, who was born with brain damage. After searching various therapies, she met Leonid Blyum. Soon she discovered the logic and the new knowledge behind the ABR principle.

Thanks to ABR, Pieter-Jan made a good progress with predictable and permanent results. Her inspiration led to the creation of ABR Belgium. She wants to share her experience and knowledge with other parents and offer them a solution for their child. The trainers in the center are trained by Leonid Blyum. He is in regular contact with ABR Belgium for consultations, further training, patient’s evaluation, advice on the preparation of treatment plans and more.