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The PABR Method
The PABR method (Pain Awareness Breathing Relief) is more than a quick-fix approach to healthcare. It involves a 4-step process to restoring your mobility and life. Each person is unique in terms of the time it takes to go through this process because we have different life stories and backgrounds that influence our present physical state. Initially, the body needs to learn how to relax both physically and mentally. Clients are taught various strategies to help them calm their nervous system to prepare their body for learning and a transformation. Because our lives are full of various stressors, stress management/relieving strategies are discussed to supplement the relaxation techniques. As the body learns how to release the abnormal muscle tension, it enters the next stage of this process—restoration of body and sensory awareness. With the busy and full lifestyles that we lead, our minds are outside our bodies in that we are constantly thinking of our jobs, activities, loved ones, etc. We don’t spend time thinking about our bodies unless we have pain. We lose that sense of “being in the present” physically, and our ability to sense our body position and various muscles disappears. Our nervous system learns that this way of “existing” is the new norm. We fall into this cycle and lose sense of our physical self. The second stage of the PABR process centers around regaining this sense by learning how to feel certain muscles and how our body is positioned, whether it’s correct or incorrect. When this awareness begins to return, the process enters the third stage of muscle activation training. Muscles that have not been used for long periods of time are retrained to work once again. They can now work with muscles that learned how to relax from the first stage of this process to allow for correct movement patterns and provide greater stability to joints. Once the body begins to activate muscles that can now participate in the movement process, we enter the integration stage so that the body learns how to incorporate these new muscle functions normally. Clients learn a “new norm” with freedom of movement, pain relief from the restrictive conditions they were once in and return to life. As stated earlier, there is no set timeline for how fast these 4 steps occur. Those who have a greater sense of their body movements and position might progress faster through this process. Children also progress faster because they do not have engrained in them the abnormal movement patterns and compensations that adults have learned. Even those who have 70-80 years of compensations and poor movement have experienced a life transforming process with this approach. As long as the mind is open and ready to learn, the body follows suit.