Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Feldenkrais Method (ABM) for Cerebral Palsy

The Feldenkrais method relies on the nervous system’s ability to change and learn through a unique combination of physical therapy, psychology, and martial arts. Through “teaching” the nervous system, the Feldenkrais method claims to redirect a body’s nervous growth.

The combination therapy consists of developing movement, biomechanics, psychological treatments, and even martial arts. The Feldenkrais method for cerebral palsy can organize these elements of the person into learning how to better control one’s movements and to train the nervous system in acting in different ways. The method can help by using very simple techniques that aid in spastic muscle function and its development. Many patients in cerebral palsy have spasticity, or stiffness, in their muscles. The Feldenkrais technique can be used to help spasticity and aid in walking, sitting, or pain relief from the tension in the muscle.

As the senses interact with motor functions, a development takes place that falls into an effective pattern for future improvements. Using the Feldenkrais method for cerebral palsy, an affected person can work toward controlling and manipulating their own bodies. This control is essential in maintaining balance during walking or standing.

The therapy is often very slight, gentle, and non-invasive. This kind of therapy can be effective because it is so gentle and guiding.

More on ABM (Anat Baniel Method): Cutting-edge Treatment for Cerebral Palsy, Brain Damaged Infants and the Brain Injured Child
More on the Feldenkrais Method:
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