Arthrogryposis and the Anat Baniel Method

Charlie was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis at birth, which is a “rare congenital disorder that is characterized by multiple joint contractures and can include muscle weakness and fibrosis. It is a non-progressive disease. The disease derives its name from Greek, literally meaning ‘curved or hooked joints'”  This disorder is very rare and can range in severity from child to child. 

Marcy (Lindheimer) and Anat  have completely changed Charlie’s body from a stiff curled position to a looser more free position. When we started his hips, legs, arms, and neck were so stiff he could not lie on his back without rolling to one side. Now, he can lie flat on his back, he can move his hips, his legs are straighter, his arms move so much more, he turns his head all the time and he is so much happier and so am I.

All of his doctors are in shock with his progress and can’t believe how much he has changed in so little time. It is truly amazing. It is a miracle, in my eyes. The best part is that he continues to improve every time we have a lesson with Marcy.

He is moving like crazy and is just so happy. It is wonderful. He is stretching his arms above his head. He does it and starts to laugh! He also is going into side sitting much more now when he reaches for toys. It is amazing and wonderful.  He now scoots around all by himself!

I want to get the word out about this amazing Method, so that all children, like Charlie, can get the extraordinary results. I do believe now that one day Charlie will walk and it will all be because of the Anat Baniel Method.

Charlie’s Mom


Fragile X outcome

Dear Anat,

Just got off a 75 minute conference call with my son’s team, and Dr. Marcia Braden-the fragile X Psychologist guru-smarter than moi-yeah! We were singing your praises. She says Doug is one of the highest functioning fragile X males she sees-especially in terms of his thinking. We owe that to you!!!

Love, C