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STRENGTHEN YOUR CHILD USING ABR

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WHAT IS ABR?

ABR (Advanced BioMechanical Rehabilitation) is a unique rehabilitative approach for children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other brain injuries that brings predictable recovery of the musculoskeletal structure and motor functions. ABR is a gentle, hands-on treatment .......... (read more)

ABR therapy is gentle. It does NOT use drugs, surgery or Botox. It does NOT place the child in forced positions, splints or boots. 



ABR IMPROVES THE STRUCTURE OF THE BODY















January 2012, Marten's chest is so weak that when compressed from the sides it simply collapses. By March 2013, using ABR, his chest is considerably stronger and his lungs have been volumised - no need for oxygen.









January 2012, there is no clear division between the head, neck and shoulders - everything has collapsed. By November 2013 the changes are striking, clear divisions now exist and the neck has elongated, an essential ingredient for proper head control.

SEE MORE OF MARTEN'S AND OTHER CHILDREN'S IMPROVEMENTS FROM OUR NOVEMBER 2013 CLINIC.

* November 2014 photographs will be available soon.

NEXT ASSESSMENT & TRAINING DAYS. (reserve places only available) 

The next ABR Scotland Assessment & Training sessions will be held in Glasgow in March 2015. Assessments start on Saturday 7th March through to Wednesday 11th March and Training runs from Monday 9th of March to Friday 13th March. Existing patients are being contacted at this moment allowing them to put arrangements in place early doors. 

Having already taken on 6 new patients since our November event to start for March 2015 we are unfortunately in the position where we will have to close the main list to new entrants. We have now opened a reserve list for those wishing to start on the programme, places being allocated on a "first come / first served" basis when positions become available. 

Being on the reserve list is not futile as we can often find ourselves with a place available if people change their minds or drop out for financial reasons, so register immediately if you are interested.

For further information click on the link below.




WHAT MAKES ABR DIFFERENT?

As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy (or any other brain injury) you will be faced with a wide array of potential therapies and treatments. Standard NHS treatment places the emphasis on physiotherapy; forced seating and standing positions; specialised boots and clothing to “correct” the body’s position; Botox injections, and surgical intervention..... (read more)

   

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MARTEN - 6 MONTHS INTO ABR THERAPY.

Marten was diagnosed at 12 months with severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The severe spastic contractions were intense and very painful, they dominated his life - sleep was almost impossible! Take a look at Marten then and Marten after just 6 months ABR therapy - it's like two different boys - and he's drugs free! Click here if this video doesn't show.






WHY "WAIT AND SEE" IS A BAD IDEA!

A worrying and recurring theme is of parents told by their NHS consultants to "wait and see what happens" or that the doctors needed to "wait and see what symptoms developed". That sums up the NHS approach to CP. They need to wait and see what symptoms develop - because the NHS treats the symptoms NOT the core of the problem! (read more)


HIP SUBLUXATION - ABR - THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE SURGEON'S KNIFE!

Being told your child requires surgery to stop their hips dislocating is a moment dreaded by parents of CP children - but this surgery is totally avoidable and often carried out with even doctors relying on scant information! ABR offers a non-surgical, non-drug, non-botox alternative ....... (see more)


GASTROSTOMIES, G-TUBES & PEGS

Call it what you will, being told that your child is not getting enough nutrition, or that they have an "unsafe" swallow, or chronic reflux that requires surgery to "fix" the problem is yet another unpleasant surprise faced by parents whose child's cerebral palsy is more severe.

We've included a link to a Patient Information leaflet provided by Cambridge University Hospital which provides pretty accurate information on what is involved. What it won't tell you is that in most CP cases this surgery is TOTALLY AVOIDABLE - but only if you address the fundamental weaknesses in your child's respiratory and digestive systems. For more information on avoiding this often unneccesary surgery CONTACT US.



MARTEN'S LATEST VIDEO.

ABR increases the internal strength and volume of the child with cerebral palsy. This addresses the internal weaknesses in the CP child which have prevented that child from developing normal motor function. Here's Marten after 14 months on ABR - still "work in progress" but he's clearly travelled a long way from the child who was so ill that he needed additional oxygen for 14 months. Click here if video doesn't show.






WHAT'S THE NHS SAYING?

Initial responses from NHS professionals range from curiosity to outright hostility to anything not in their standard procedures, but as time goes on doctors are becoming unable to ignore the very real benefits ABR brings ...... (read more)


IS MY CHILD SUITABLE FOR ABR?

This is probably the most commonly asked question we are asked. In the overwhelming majority of cases of cerebral palsy the answer will be yes. The big question would be "are you, the parents, ready for ABR?"

ABR requires commitment and dedication to deliver 2 or 3 hours therapy in small blocks on a daily basis. It will involve a financial commitment as well, so you'll most likely find yourself out fund-raising too. At ABR Scotland we try and help our parents prepare for ABR. That's why you'll find information on costs; fund-raising; Just Giving; DLA (UK only); tax relief (Ireland only); and direct payments on this website. We're on Facebook and we've even got a Facebook Fundraiser's page as well. Our parents are helpful and always willing to assist others in the same position as themselves. Start the process of helping your child. Get in touch today. Contact Us.

ABR CAN HELP YOUR CHILD!

BEFORE AND AFTER ABR



Tree of Hope is a major childrens' charity offering hope to the families of sick children in the UK. Sometimes able to provide grants for medical treatment or therapy, Tree of Hope 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 
MARTEN'S STORY



Marten McFee lives in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. He was diagnosed as suffering from cerebral palsy (severe spastic quadriplegia) the day before his first birthday.

Marten's parents started him on ABR in January 2012, the pictures below give an indication of his condition at that time.



You can read more about Marten's Progress by clicking on this link which takes you to his own website.


AISLING'S ON THE MOVE - GREAT PROGRESS
(news from Cork, Ireland)





ABR CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

CLINT - DIAGNOSED WITH CEREBELLA ATAXIA


JAMES'S JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN



"One month into his ABR therapy and James is tolerating mashed up food!! Not just token bits, but breakfast, dinner and tea!! We actually can't believe it. Thanks to everyone who is helping us xxxx"

GILLIAN SIMPSON (James's Mum 30/7/13)


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)


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! 

At the Spinal Unit of Salisbury District Hospital Steve discovered that he had serious crush fractures to T12 & L1 vertebrae and a broken collar bone. The accident left Steve a paraplegic, paralysed from the waste down. In the words of his consultant: "You will never move anything ever again"!

Steve was first introduced to Leonid Blyum in 2003 and became an early patient of the pioneering ABR techniques. You can read his story at http://www.spinalroots.net/mystory.htm

or follow his blog at

Steve's own words about ABR sum it up nicely:

"In order to bring about the recovery of functional ability, it is necessary to rebuild the core foundations of the body, ie. improve the structure of the smooth muscles and other deep level tissue that makes up our pneumatic capacity. This is impossible to achieve through conscious muscular effort. Due to the lack of foundation, conscious effort can only ever lead to poor use of the body and so further deplete and deform the structure."


SPECIAL GUEST: HEALTH SECRETARY VISITS ABR SCOTLAND EVENT

Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary of Health & Wellbeing in the Scottish Government, visited ABR Scotland's Assessment and Training week on Monday 4th November 2013.

During his visit, A
lex took time to watch a number of new parents being taught ABR techniques which they will then use with their children in the comfort of their own home. These techniques are already making major changes to the body structures of children whose parents have been using ABR for only a few months. 

There was also time to meet some of the members of the Marten's Progress Team (above) who first brought the ABR therapy to Scotland after witnessing the amazing progress made by Marten McFee - see Sunday Mail story above.


Alex also sat in on the ABR Assessment of Aisling Tanner, a 10 year old girl from Cork, started ABR in March 2013. You can read part of Aisling's story in the Sunday World by clicking on the link in the right hand column "Aisling's on the Move - Great Progress". Since then Aisling has made even further progress and is becoming a bit of a celebrity in Ireland. 

Read the Progress Reports of children attending our November 2013 event by following this link.








"This time last year we were very worried about Holly's future... what she would or would not be able to do. 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 this year and was told that it was permanent and she was nil by mouth.


"We started ABR therapy in June and the way we see it everything had 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. 


"We’re going back to Glasgow at the end of the month and we will keep you all updated on Holly's progress. Thanks to all from Holly's family. XXXX"


Sarah (Holly’s Mum) 24th October 2013