The Force Transfer Medium or Pneumatic Lens
The Pneumatic Lens is an original ABR discovery for targeting bodily structures that are both hard to reach and difficult or otherwise impossible to address.
Working as an effective force transfer medium, the pneumatic lens optimizes applications of pressure to the body. It ensures that all pressure applied achieves an even and wide distribution into the underlying bodily areas.
We call this principle “Quasi-Spherical”. The confirmation that a distributed pressure applied achieves a much greater transfer of force to underlying areas is illustrated in the following model:
The force impact upon an area lying beneath the surface of an underlying object is 600 times greater if the load is applied in such a way as to distribute the pressure, than if the load is applied locally.
The second element intrinsic to the pneumatic lens is the matching density of the materials used. The attempt is made to use materials that match the density of the bodily tissues.
Through employing various combinations of soft materials such as towels and batting, foam or visco-elastic cushions, the pneumatic lens achieves a further level of efficiency.
In the model above one can see the following:
The 4th level is the lowest level on the model. This level shows the weak tissue that is our target. We want to address the weakest areas.
The 3rd level is the outer surface of the body. This is outer surface composed of the muscles and bones can be compared to a hard outer shell. This could be the rib-cage or any other bodily area.
The 2nd level illustrates the transfer medium – in the case of ABR some soft materials that match the density of the weak internal tissues. This construction is used to deliver the pressure impact.
The 1st level or the top of the construction is that which gives the force input or in our case this is the hand.
In above model the graph on the right shows that matching densities of the 1st and 3rd level translate into a “matching” and also much higher force transfer from the 2nd to the 4th level.
In order to optimize the force transfer fully, the quasi-static mode of movement is utilized in the manual applications.
The diagram below confirms this element of the ABR technique by showing that the force transfer is at least nineteen times greater when the speed of application is exceedingly slow.
In combination the elements described ensure that a slow and non-traumatic remodeling of fascia tissues is taking place where the deformations within the tissues during the applications are within the 1 to 1.5 percent range. Continuous application however allows for the gradual remodeling of tissues.
Staying within repetitive mode of remodeling shown above, the tissues attain a permanent remodeling involving no tearing of or damage to the tissues.
The description above has given a basic explanation about the elements involved in the ABR Technique.
Following are some examples of how the exercises are performed:
A Basic Chest Exercise
PAVES – Shoulder and Elbow Application
The ABR Method involves only non-forceful, non-invasive techniques. If performed correctly, internal strengthening is achieved. If they are performed poorly, then success will be limited, but no harm can be inflicted upon the child.
All of the ABR exercises are designed to overcome the stress shielding effect, making them equally applicable in cases of joint deterioration, sclerotic diseases as well as for accompanying the treatment of simple or complex fractures.