How ABC Works
By Dr. Janine Pulley
So how does Advanced BioStructural CorrectionTM work? Read How Bodies Work first.
ABCTM works because it follows the axioms of how bodies work. ABCTM practitioners only fix what the body cannot self-correct – bones that have gone out of place in a direction that the body cannot self-correct because it has no muscles or combination of muscles that can pull in the direction needed to put them back into place (their optimal mechanical advantage for the body).
But which direction is the direction in which bones move out of place that the body cannot self-correct?
If a bone goes sideways (lateral), there are muscles or combination of muscles to both sides that can pull it back. If a bone rotates, there are muscles that can rotate it back (such as the multifidi). If a bones goes backwards (posterior), there are muscles that can pull it forward again (like the psoas).
That only leaves one direction: forward (anterior). If a bone goes forward, is there a muscle or combination of muscles that can pull it backward again?
As you can see in the picture below, in order to pull a bone straight backward when it has fallen forward, you would need muscles attached somewhere behind your spine outside of your body (like to a chair??). Feel for yourself – do you have any muscles on the back of your spine? Most people can feel the bony spinous processes right away and know that you do not have muscles behind them, just skin.
When bones fall forward in a direction that the body cannot-self correct, it then follows that if you want to fix that body, you must have some outside agency (such as a ABCTM practitioner) correct them for you. This is what I fix when you come into my office.
So how do bones fall forward in a direction the body cannot self-correct?
There are many possibilities that can cause a bone to fall forward in a direction the body cannot self-correct, and not all of them are big like being in a car crash. Sitting in a chair that slumps your body and pushes your head forward can push bones forward. Sleeping on your stomach or reading with a big pillow behind your head can push bones forward. Being slapped on the back or receiving a big bear hug (cracks and all) after winning a soccer game can push bones forward. Understanding how ABCTM works is a big step towards being able to modify your daily habits to minimize the actions that can push a bone forward in a direction your body cannot self-correct so that you can speed up your healing process and maintain your treatments longer.
All new patients receive the ABCTM educational DVD that covers this topic in more detail with helpful visuals and animations. Sitting, Sleeping, Standing Starter Kits are also available so that you can learn how to modify your seats, beds, and shoes to heal faster and maintain your treatments longer. Understanding how ABCTM works is vital to your healing process, so spend the time learning as much as you can and ask questions.
This information is adapted from Dr. Jesse Jutkowitz’s ABCTM Instruction Manual I