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Cerebral Palsy and Biomechanical Diet. 7 Essential Commonalities Between the Biomechanical ‘Feeding’ and Strategic Nutritional Plans.

Cerebral Palsy and Biomechanical Diet. 7 Essential Commonalities Between the Biomechanical ‘Feeding’ and Strategic Nutritional Plans. 

In the previous post I have introduced the idea of the Biomechanical Diet for the children with Cerebral Palsy together with concepts of ‘mechanical foods’ and ‘biomechanical nutrition’…

I must say, that I was positively surprised by the response and how well this idea connected and took hold. Thanks a lot for your comments and observations – they really help a lot in shaping the ABR educational message.

Today I’ll take these ideas of ‘Biomechanical  Nutrition’ a bit further by showing  7 essential commonalities between the biomechanical ‘feeding’ and strategic nutritional plans that might help you to integrate the notion of the Biomechanical Diet deeper and might be helpful on the level of implementing it in practice for your child with special needs.

Of course, the commonalities do not end with these 7 – but this scope provides a good start.

So, in order to make navigation easier –I have arranged the  most obvious commonalities between the Biomechanical Diet  and Nutritional Metabolic Diet into a numbered list that is by no means exhaustive: 

 1. Spontaneous doesn’t work. ‘By design’ approach is always superior to the ‘by default’ one.

If you want best results – you need to design the specific diet targeting the specific metabolic needs of a person taking into account the individual aspects of the ability to eat, to digest, to process and  to absorb different foods as well as the ability to evacuate of byproducts and ‘leftovers’. As the parents of Cerebral Palsy kids you are very well aware how disregarding just one of these components might cause tons of trouble.

The same thing is true for the Biomechanical Diet – if you want  the best results and if you want to stimulate your child’s development to the maximum possible potential – you cannot afford being aimlessly floating and simply hoping that things will turn out to better by themselves or via sporadic ‘treatments’.

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Cerebral Palsy and Biomechanical Diet

Cerebral Palsy and Biomechanical Diet.

In my constant attempts of making the ABR message more user-friendly I have recently stumbled upon an interesting angle that I want to share today and bring it to your judgment.

I would appreciate the feedback and responses – indicating whether this  angle is worth further pursuing.

I guess the title of the post itself “Cerebral palsy and Biomechanical Diet” pretty much indicates the angle that I plan to take – but let me give you some details.

First of all – some field observations.

I must say that the children with Cerebral Palsy – at least the children of  ABR Families – are the best nourished and taken care of individuals that I have ever encountered in my life.

They are given the best organic foods, home-cooked, balanced for a full spectrum of nutritional needs, delivered at regular intervals and with consistent daily/ weekly routine. On top of that – each child receives a complete set of supplements – from iron to aminoacids to vitamins –  that target the weakest links in the nutritional chains and take care of the gaps left by the staple diet itself.

Experience shows – such a serious approach to the diet of a child with Cerebral Palsy, especially a weaker quadriplegic one – is vital and essential. Without such attention to detail and installation of consistent routines – things go downhill very quickly: troubles with digestion; stomach pains; vulnerability to infections; constipation; intoxication; weight loss and so on.

What I want to do in this post is to draw some parallels...

First – in order to thrive Musculoskeletal system needs not only regular ‘metabolic’ foods but the special kind of food – mechanical stimuli.

It won’t be too far of a stretch to say that musculoskeletal system at all the levels – from deep fascial core to the superficial striated muscles – feeds of mechanical interactions with external environment.

In other words –mechanical stimuli are food for musculoskeletal system.

Well, and here is the first parallel – such mechanical stimuli could be “nutritious” or “empty”; they could be “staple” foods or “pleasure” foods; they could be “balanced” or “imbalanced” …

Basically everything you know about nutrition and diet principles for the ‘metabolic’ foods very much applies to the mechanical foods as well.

Where is a quadriplegic child with Cerebral Palsy in this picture? – A quadriplegic child in a mechanical sense is in a position similar to those victims of starvation that you regularly see in the news when there is a famine somewhere in the less developed regions of the world.

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