Some of you would know from my earlier posts that I have a 20month old son with severe spastic quadruplegic CP and that we have been doing Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation from jan this year.
Well, we are just back from Belgium to see his therapy team and they were very happy with his progress so far! he no longer has muscle spasms and involuntary movements, he has got more trunk strength, he is no longer crying constantly but is smiling and laughing instead, he is watching his fingers, he is aware that he has arms/legs and these do certain things, he is sleeping better and can wriggle himself comfortable (within limits), he has reasonable head movement, his eating technique has improved; when held, he is either hugging into me or holding on to me and he is just generally more content and curious.
He has gained enough strength and mobility for us to move on for more specific tasks. The next step is to correct hte structure of his rib cage. His ribs connect to sternum and vertebrae in a wrong angle, so that the sternum and vertebrae are too far back and have to move out.That would flatten and widen his chest and increase the volume of his chest so that the diafragm can move up into its correct position. Also the disks of the vertebrae are too close together, correcting that will increase the flexibility of spine and ribs and the ribs can then move sequentially rather than all at the same time.
We spent a full day