Biomechanical Developmental Approach
WHAT IS BDA?
Children and people with special needs have many problems ranging from breathing to walking. Each of these functions must have the appropriate environment and conditions in which to develop.
BDA is a home-based rehabilitation method that assists recovery in children and adults with physical disabilities. BDA aims to improve existing function as well as develops new functions in these individuals.
The BDA Method is taught to caregivers at one of our regular training courses. Each child receives a programme that is tailored to the child’s specific needs. The caregivers then apply the method at home on a daily basis. The progress is tracked during 6-monthly follow-ups at the BDA course.
The method is easy, gentle and painless. It empowers families to help them care for their beloved child.
Biomechanical Developmental Approach
HOW DOES BDA WORK?
Biomechanical developmental approach allows you to work on the body structures that we cannot consciously isolate and train. These are for example, the small movements between individual vertebrae, -vertebrae and ribs, -displacement of the chest when breathing and the deep connection in the joints etc.
BDA induces these motions from the outside so that the child is enabled to integrate this movement sensation into his/her proprioceptive system. These micro-movements between individual body segments belong to the earliest development of a child up to one year of age. During this time the child initiates all its movements with the torso(core). After this period, the door for development in this structure closes. The child becomes bigger and limbs grow, so the child becomes able to initiate movements with his/her limbs instead of using the torso. These compensations lead to many of the abnormal movement patterns observed in brain- injured children. Such compensations adversely affect the further development and formation of the child’s body.
However, BDA has techniques that reduce spasticity acting on the muscle sheath (fascia) and thus allow greater mobility. These methods are especially powerful in not only rehabilitating the torso, but also the limbs. Hypotonic children, in contrast to those with predominantly spasticity, have weak connections. Thanks to BDA they can improve stability and solidity of their structure.
BDA influences breathing, as demonstrated on the photographs, as well as metabolic functions.
All these improvements result in improved quality of life and function.
WHOM CAN IT HELP?
Considering that the therapy relates to basic structures which have a supporting and sensory role, possibilities are large in a large number of congenital and acquired conditions. However, most patients are children and people with cerebral palsy in all forms.
- Slowed psychomotor development
- Premature birth
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spina bifida
- Genetic anomalies of different forms
BDA Treatment for Brain Injuries
BDA therapy can be applied to conditions that are caused by brain tissue damage are accompanied by damaged and deformed musculoskeletal system
BDA Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
BDA therapy enables the improvement of existing and the establishment of new motor functions to improve living with Cerebral Palsy.
BDA Treatment for Scoliosis
BDA therapy reduces and eliminates various structural problems including Scoliosis and Kyphosis deformities of the spinal column.
What Parents are Saying
“BDA has meant so much for our family. After two and a half years in the programme, we are seeing so much progress in our son, Henry – something the doctors told us would never be possible. We are blown away!
We are so satisfied with BDA and we love the other families who are involved as well as the amazing BDA team.”
“BDA has been the most empowering tool we have discovered on our CP journey. The results speak for themselves.”
“BDA has given Nathan more mobility his arms and legs. It also made him more stable.
“BDA opened a whole new world for us. Finally a method we could learn and do when it suited our child.
BDA is gentle, painless and non-invasive. It sees the child behind the disability and the BDA team makes an effort to meet the needs of the child and the family in the way they select the exercises. Finally, we love to see how BDA keeps innovating; ever incorporating new approaches, based on science, into the method. “