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LATEST ABR NEWS

The next ABR Assessment & Training clinic will take place at Glasgow Airport from Tuesday 27th October finishing on Monday 2nd November 2015.  Anyone interested in starting ABR with their child should contact us immediately.


ALEX FORGING AHEAD


"Before we started (ABR) Alex's body was very stiff and rigid and moved as like one block. He couldn't sit up properly or take his own weight. 


Different parts of his body are now moving independently as they should be, his chest, spine and neck have opened up and he is able to sit up and take his own weight. We still have a long way to go but onwards and upwards!"


SARAH CRAVEN

(Alex's Mum 9/11/13)





Tree of Hope is a major children's charity offering hope to the families of sick children in the UK. This charity is presently helping a number of parents with children on our ABR programme raise money to pay for training and assessments. For further details click here.


Tel: 01892 535525 

E-mail: Tree of Hope



 HOLLY'S STORY


"This time last year we were very worried about Holly's future. Even after months of physiotherapy there was no change in Holly; she was very unhappy, crying all the time and always being sick. She was losing weight, she couldn't eat anything because of her weak swallow and was always getting chest infections. She had a G-tube put in around April and we were told that it was permanent and she was nil by mouth.


"We started ABR in June and the way we see it everything has changed. Today Holly is very happy and always smiling; she's only had 2 chest infections since June. 

She's eating little bits of everything but her favourite thing is chocolate! She's very cheeky and saying a few words, she can hold toys and play. You can tell that she's getting stronger. 


Sarah Pickering (Holly’s Mum 24/10/13)



 
CLINT - DIAGNOSED WITH CEREBELLA ATAXIA

BEFORE AND AFTER ABR

VIDEO LECTURES



A series on 9 video explanations of common issues raised by parents presented by Leonid Blyum including: 


Additional videos are available on this website concerning Spastic Cerebral Palsy and Hip Subluxation



WELCOME TO ABR
(Advanced BioMechanical Rehabilitation)


ABR is a unique, rehabilitative, home based therapy that is primarily used to help children with cerebral palsy. It is a gentle, hands-on treatment that brings about predictable recovery of the muscular skeletal structure and motor function.



ABR uses very slow compressional movements to force the cells in weak parts of the body to reproduce and strengthen. The process works at a much deeper level than physiotherapy and with a lot of work returns bone and muscle to their correct positions; that way reducing then eliminating spastic muscle spasm and pain.



Unlike other therapies, ABR strengthens the body core of the child with cerebral palsy improving the child's posture and functional abilities. It does this without the need for external support: splints, body suits; harnesses etc. Importantly, ABR does NOT use drugs, surgery or botox and does NOT place the child in forced positions, splints or boots. No drugs, no surgery, no force.

ABR works by changing the child's structure. If you want to permanently and significantly improve functional ability, you must first address the child's structure." All too often we hear parents say: "he used to be able to do x, y and z - but now he can't". Find out why this happens and about the importance of changing the child's structure. 


Examples of the structural changes that can be achieved using ABR include: reshaping of the rib cage; strengthening of the chest and lungs; reversal of scoliosis; increasing mobility in the spine; improving digestion, stopping reflux and constipation; lengthening of the neck leading to weight bearing; development of the pelvis; removal of pain from "tight" muscles, and much more.

ABR is not a miracle cure - it is a lot of work! Anyone considering ABR for their child needs to be prepared to work with that child on a daily basis for 2, maybe 3 hours. The work can be quite varied but also has a degree of repetition about it. It is rewarding for you child and for you. It improves their quality of life and as their life improves - so does yours. Here's a brief introduction to ABR  and what to expect if you choose to start.

ABR has been around for well over a decade. In the last few years techniques and materials have improved significantly, cutting the time required to start effecting change. Even back then ABR was scoring remarkable success as the videos show.

A recently concluded 3 year independent and controlled scientific test revealed that ABR improved the physical condition of children with cerebral palsy in key developmental areas. This makes ABR probably the only therapy in the world with such an independently evaluated claim.

Parents interested in starting ABR can find out about the timing, availability and location of our next Assessment and Training courses.


ABR does not receive government funding; it is paid for entirely by our parents. At ABR we are confident in our therapy. That's why we do not try and tie parents into contracts or to minimum periods. 
 

We encourage fund-raising as it allows our parents to make informed choices based on what they want for their child - not what they can afford. Get some tips on starting your own fund-raising events 

ABR is used primarily for cerebral palsy, but it is also used for other conditions, particularly around brain injury and development.

If you have any questions please use the Contact Us section to the right of this page. For full contact details click on the link here 
 


      
AISLING



Aisling, from County Cork in Ireland has two ambitions in life. One is to become a meteorologist, the other is to walk. An ambition her parents have dedicated their lives to. Find out more here.
  

JOHN



John from Derry in Northern Ireland was being fed using a nasal gastric tube when he first started ABR in November 2013. His mother was being pushed towards a gastrostomy operation for John and even more medicine. Read more of John's story here.


MARTEN

Marten started ABR when he was just 13 months old. Marten's parents brought ABR to Scotland after he was diagnosed as severe spastic quadriplegic. Sadly Marten passed away on 25th january 2015. Read more about Marten here.


ERIK



Erik is Marten's identical twin brother. Unlike Marten, he was not born with cerebral palsy, but he does have other difficulties because of his prematurity that ABR is helping address. Find out more here.


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LEONID BLYUM



Find out more about the main force behind ABR's invention and constant development here 


Image courtesy of James Barker at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Depending on where you live there are different types of help and assistance (financial and practical) to provide assistance for you and your child:
Tax Credits (Ireland)
SDS (Scotland)
Direct Payments (Rest of UK)


STEVE COLLINS


In August 1996, Steve Collins was involved in an horrific accident when the dumper truck he was driving toppled over breaking his back in two and leaving his head in his lap and his lungs crushed. Steve thought he was dying! Read more about Steve's story below.


 This website is dedicated to the memory of Marten McFee 
who fell asleep on 25th January 2015.