Adults with Special Needs
NeuroMovement® Approach for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Stroke Rehabilitation Exercises, and Recovery from Other Traumas
The Anat Baniel Method℠ approach for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation exercises and rehabilitation from other kinds of injuries and traumas represents a significant departure from more traditional approaches in both thinking and practice.
With this method, the focus is shifted from trying to fix the body and make it do what it can’t—the mechanical approach—to focusing on the master organizer and controller, the brain.
The same approach is also used for losses in cognitive function. Through practical applications of brain plasticity principles, the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) redefines what is possible for those requiring rehabilitation both physical and cognitive.
I need to comment on my 5-star outcome from my sessions with Neil, along with my occasional re-runs of Anat’s Healthy Backs and Necks video exercises. My once broken back is SOOO much better! My brisk walk/jog routine is for the most part completely pain free—for the first time in 30 years. This is some sort of miracle!
Everyone holds the same goal for the patient in need of rehabilitation: to heal and have as full a life as possible. But what is possible?
What Is Possible for People in Rehabilitation and Recovery?
What is possible for the injured veteran who lost a limb and perhaps also suffers brain trauma and emotional trauma?
What is possible for a stroke victim who has trouble retrieving words, or a cancer patient who feels like they are in a fog after receiving chemotherapy?
What is possible for a whiplash car accident victim, or an injured athlete?
With the Anat Baniel Method we have repeatedly witnessed outcomes with our clients that show a lot more is possible than is often believed and known.
The answer to the question of what is possible lies in the word restore. To restore is defined as: “to return; to put back into a former or original state.”
With ABM, we understand that there is no way to go back. Yes, we can try to go back to how things were before the trauma through the mechanical approach of focusing on the muscles and exercising the lost skill. And this can certainly help to some degree. But at the same time these attempts often result in rapidly grooving patterns of limitations into the brain. With this approach, critical time when new information could have been fed to the brain immediately post trauma, is lost, and opportunities to achieve significantly greater success and better outcomes are missed.
Instead of taking the client though many hours of exercising, trying to perform lost skills, we take advantage of the enormous potentials of the brain to “rewire” and create new connections and possibilities. Through practical applications of brain plasticity principles,utilizing the Nine Essentials, the Anat Baniel Method transforms and redefines what is possible for those requiring rehabilitation, both physical and cognitive.
The Story of Jack: A Veteran’s Rehabilitation and Recovery
Jack was a 29-year-old veteran injured in the Iraq war. He lost his right leg and a portion of his pelvis.
After an extended period of medical care, including surgeries to rebuild his pelvis, he was fitted with a prosthetic leg. Despite many hours of therapy done by highly skilled and dedicated therapists, Jack was unable to use the prosthesis due to pain and lack of dexterity.
During his first ABM session, Jack was asked to lay down the whole time. Instead of trying to get him to stand and use the prosthesis, he was led through gentle and varied movements where he got the opportunity to feel subtle changes and new sensations in his body. This approach provided his brain with new information, helping it figure out how to better control his injured body.
At the end of the first lesson, Jack was able to stand and even take a few steps with the prosthesis, completely pain free.
A few sessions later, he took the friend who introduced him to this method dancing!
Learn more about Stroke and the Anat Baniel Method.