Breathing, respiration, oxygenation, the movement of chi, the life force which sustains, resides in a small set of paired organs. The breath of the outer and movement of the inner....it is that which sustains every vital process in the body. The simple exchange of the most basic molecules enables the body and soul to sustain connections to the universal process of life.
In the world of disability, respiration is perhaps among the most vital and sustaining forces of life. In the expanse of disability, mucus, stickiness, shallowness, lowered blood saturation levels, hyper or hypo ventilation, compromise the body healing and curing itself. This exchange between the inner and outer worlds enhances, inebriates, defeats or compromises living. To me, the lungs are paramount for my son; this organ and its process physically and spiritually maintain the force of life.
If you not severely compromised, you can learn deep breathing, yoga, various respiratory protocols which enable a decrease of stress, a hyper-oxygenation of the blood, a rhythm of interaction with the outer and inner and an enhancement of immunity. There are many conscious adaptive approaches. BUT, what if a child or adult is so fragile, medically complex that conscious controls are not available? So, so many of our friends have disabled children or adult/children who are challenged by forces of the body and the environment and they develop respiratory issues which make them vulnerable to a diminution of life force, to pneumonia, to shallow breathing, to airways and bronchi clogged with mucus, to.... are there interventions which strengthen the most vital of systems?
One ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation) protocol which has significantly assisted my son is noteworthy; it's a modification of a older protocol. Posted a while ago on my Facebook page, I wanted to share this protocol for parents to assist in strengthening that which is so vital. I know it is not the only intervention; I am sure others could add various techniques. Breathin' is so very important.
Here is our exercise explained by Leonid Blyum, founder of ABR , on Adam in April, 2013.
2013-04-22 Chest Exercises from Phil and Sharon Dzialo on Vimeo.