The ABR exercise is designed to produce the mechanical stimulation to reset the myofascia tensional network. The unique characteristic of ABR mechanical stimulation is in its tensional uniformity and the 1 to 2% strain producing the Relaxo-tonic responses that both releases the rigid elements as well as strengthens the weak elements.
Principles of ABR Exercise:
- The pre-existing dual system consisting of both the competitive neuromuscular system and cooperative myofasica tensional network is the main contributor to postures and movements. The competitive neuromuscular system is compressional in nature whereas the myofascia tensional network is tensional in nature. Hence the system can be viewed as a primary tensional system with compressional insertions.
- The healthy child can easily juggle between the two systems while the CP child has a greater challenge of self-resetting the system. The CP child has greater muscular imbalance because of the brain injury and therefore needs maximum efficiency from his cooperative myofascia tensional network.
- The cooperative myofascia tensional network has the built-in tendency to redistribute and integrate the local imbalance within the global context. This restores the balance within the entire system.
- ABR improves the efficiency of this cooperative myofascia system by resetting the system with external tensional inductors (or called the reset). The resetting of the local tensional imbalance is based on the integration of the local phenomenon into the global (or regional) entity. The reset is an external mechanical stimulation that will be delivered in tensional uniformity.
ABR exercise components:
- Mechanical stimulations which employs quasi-static, quasi-isotropic and quasi-spherical movements – this ensures uniform compression is being delivered
- 4 bar kinematic linkage – this ensures greatest efficiency of delivery
- Stress transfer mediums that matches with the under-lying myofascia structure and therefore provides the greatest possible impact.