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‘Thrive And Flourish’ Workshop To Present Innovative Approach To Restoring Health And Function To People With Brain Injuries

HONOLULU – The public is invited to a free presentation and workshop addressing an innovative approach to helping restore physical strength and health to children and adults suffering from brain injuries.

Advanced Biomedical Rehabilitation (ABR) is an emerging “family-centered” form of treatment that focuses on gentle manual techniques to strengthen a body’s connective tissue, and improving physical structure which allows for emergence of motor function.

ABR, developed by Russian manual therapist Leonid Blyum, is a non-invasive process that addresses and develops a brain-injured person’s physical assets instead of concentrating on their deficits. The process involves no pharmaceuticals, electrical instruments or surgery.

Gavin Broomes, an ABR senior trainer from Argentina, will explain the ABR process and conduct a presentation and workshop called “Thrive and Flourish: New Ideas and Methods For People With Physical Disabilities After Brain Injury” on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Shriners Hospital Auditorium. Free parking is available. An encore presentation is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 1-5 p.m. at Shriners.

Broomes will share his insights on how ABR helps brain-injured people, including children, regain health, strength and function by addressing results of brain injuries such as structural changes in the body, respiratory challenges and discomfort.

Broomes was invited to Hawaii to share details of this emerging treatment by Honolulu resident Tiffany Vara, whose daughter suffered a brain injury in a near-drowning when she was 2 years old. After years of searching for ways to help her daughter recover, Vara learned of ABR. After 18 months of ABR, she saw clear improvement in her daughter’s health, strength and happiness. Vara said other families she has met from around the world who have used ABR have also seen positive outcomes. This family-centered method has also been shown to be helpful for stroke survivors and people with spinal injuries.

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