Premature Infant or the Child Born with Birth Trauma
Due to the relative immaturity not only of the lungs themselves but also of the entire thoracic structure and the upper airways, the premature infant often suffers from respiratory distress. This immaturity results in compressional weakness within the thorax and abdomen prohibiting the proper establishment of one of the earliest vital functions – respiration.
The soft tissue matrix that stabilizes and anchors the trachea to the mouth floor and within the neck is insufficiently developed. As a result, these structures cannot provide enough resistance when the diaphragm contracts downwards within the thorax during inhalation. Diaphragm contractions cause the upper airways to wobble. Instability within the mouth floor results also in wobbliness of the trachea and bulging of the mouth floor and anterior neck.
The upper thorax, instead of rising towards the neck during inhalation begins to be sucked in and downwards towards the diaphragm. It depresses. Thus the paradoxical pattern of breathing is established.
Upon inhalation one sees:
Instability within the mouth floor and trachea connections
Depression of the upper or mid-thorax
Lateral expansion of the weak lower ribs
Bulging of the diaphragm
Upon exhalation however:
The upper thorax expands to its neutral position
The abdominal bulge relaxes
The paradoxical breathing leads to further structural impairments in a cascading effect, such as:
Stiffening of the upper intercostals muscles
Downwards orientation of the ribs
Shifts in the placement of the clavicles and entire shoulder girdle
Collapse and shift of the jaw and jaw joint (TMJ)
Shortening of the posterior neck
Change in the head positioning at the base of the skull and C1-C2 connections
Unfortunately as theses structural impairments occur, a child can no longer “grow out” of the situation and a life-long disability is the usual outcome.
ABR is the only method that both successfully and safely targets internal soft tissues structures within the thorax and the mouth floor. The strengthening and conditioning of effect of the applications allow for a reversal of the paradoxical mode of breathing, thus normalizing respiration. Chest deformations are both prevented and reversed.
In this situation the wise saying applies: Prophylaxis is preferable to treatment.
Not only the premature child, but also children within a wide diagnostic spectrum of congenital and early life disorders can be effectively supported through an early intervention and administration o f the ABR Therapy and can be applied by the parents even in a hospital setting.