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ABR and Congenital Heart Defects

Children with congenital heart defects are usually faced with repeated surgeries in the first days and early years of life.

In order to reach the heart, these surgical interventions involve massive and repeated separations of tissues and membranes within the thorax. The photo below taken from a dissection video shows the structural integrity of the thorax.

From The Integral Anatomy Series, Vol. 3, (c) Gil Hedley 2006, used with permission.

One can see that the chest is not simply a collection of single vertebrae and single ribs, but through the interpenetrating and surrounding connective tissue network functions as a single unit.

In the early years of life these structures are still relatively soft and pliable. Massive scarring can easily serve to further upset the balance of tensional force within the thorax, leading to later chest deformations and scoliosis.

Children with a weak thoracic volume also have been seen to have further difficulties developing a healthy motor function, problems with social skills as well as challenges in the educational system.

Applied to the thorax, the ABR applications effectively strengthen the thoracic volume and should be applied early as a regular form of re-conditioning to children having undergone open thoracic and open heart surgeries.