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As most followers of this blog are aware, I am a big fan of ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation) because it works and is increasingly supported by solid science. Adam is very spastic and has numerous contractures of his extremities. I don't imagine that he is comfortable, but despite the absence of any medications, he is in the state of perpetual smile.
Seven years of ABR and running! Adam's body is changing in a positive direction, spasticity decreasing, spine straightening and the visceral landscape looking progressively better. We are headed to mobility and function. A totally non-invasive, very parent intensive therapy does work!
Never failing at researching new ideas, I stumbled upon the use of cold lasers and quantum reflex integration for children with cerebral palsy, brain injury and other conditions which effect body function and mobility. Being a seven week old naive practitioner, I am slowly seeing cold lasers as a compliment to facilitating the body to receive an even more beneficial impact of ABR.
Simply, primitive reflexes are automatic responses of infants to elements of their environment which are essential for survival. These reflexes, when integrated in the first months of growth, lead to the development of muscle tone, motor skills, sensory integration and cognition. When these primary reflexes remain active and dominant, difficulties emerge. In children who experienced birth brain injuries, these reflexes are never integrated. Reflexes which were integrated can later re-activate in cases of anoxia (near drowning), brain trauma, toxins, etc. and impede healing as they remain dominant and not integrated.
Primitive reflexes (ie. the Moro, Babinski, Asymetric Tonic Reflex, etc) originate in the brain stem...the area responsible for survival. The body, under stress, acts from the brain stem and cannot access the prefrontal cortex where information is analyzed. Hence, children and adults with brain assaults can re-activate these reflexes and develop issues of a lack of mobility and function, lack of control of bodily function, speech delay etc. So, is there a way to re-integrate these reflexes to facilitate the healing process? Possibly....
For the past seven weeks, I have begun to add about 45 minutes a day of cold laser treatment and reflex integration protocols. Adam used to startle easily (Moro and Fear Paralysis Reflexes), eats pureed foods and drinks well, but doesn't suck through a straw (Babkin and grasping reflexes), and so on. Well, changes are happening and it's often hard to distinguish the root of the change (ABR vs. QRI). I have noticed that Adam is losing much of his startle reflex; he frequently looks to the side to find me instead of fixating on the tv; his knees are looking like knees (not tree limbs) and there is much more flexion in each knee independently. This is the beginning and its preliminary and subtly exciting.
Cold lasers have been around for awhile (for ABR fans, a Russian development). Simply, amplified light at certain frequencies transmits energy (quantum physics) to penetrate to deeper body layers...the light is cold so there is no chance of harm unless you shine it in the eyes. QRI (Quantum Reflex Integration) uses a cold laser and targets certain acupuncture or trigger points which facilitate integration of primitive reflexes. There are differing protocols for each reflex.
I have seen change, but it's early. My Happy Holidays! wish is that this procedure will eliminate some of the reflexes which could interfere with Adam's body's receptivity of ABR therapy. As another non-invasive adjunct, it will do no harm and has the potential for much good. So far I'm impressed and little in this life, other than my family, impresses me much. I will update as I really get involved deeper.
Warmest wishes for the holiday season which is a particularly conflicted time for parents of kids with disabilities.
Stay tuned for my post holiday blog, Angels and Demons......