IS CME FOR EVERYONE?
“We have a 75% success rate,” explains Mr. Cuevas. ”This is not a miracle,” he warns, as not every child with motor issues will progress through CME. He is very forthright with parents who come to seek his help. He generally suggests an eight-week trial period with a new patient, by which time he hopes to help the child achieve three new functions. If he does not achieve these goals, he suggests that the parents seek other forms of help.
CME is not easy on the practitioner or the child. At the end of a CME session, both practitioner and child can be covered in sweat from the efforts and exertions. Yet the thrill of independence and the impact it has on the patient’s future is inestimable.
The typical program for a patient traveling to see Mr. Cuevas is a 24 session course of treatment, carried out in two weeks’ time. For the first twenty sessions, Mr. Cuevas pushes the child to the maximum of her potential at the time, and devotes the last four sessions to selecting simple therapies to teach the parents, and more difficult ones for a local therapist to carry out when they return to their homes. A video of the exercises is typically produced to help the parents in their new role. After a few months, the parents might bring the child back for more CME treatment, obtained directly from Mr. Cuevas.
While some parents travel to Chile for treatment, Mr. Cuevas does spend a few weeks each year in the New York/New Jersey area (particularly Monsey and Lakewood) and in Canada treating patients. Rumor has it that community rabbis in some of these areas had to decree that time slots be evenly apportioned, so as to meet the needs of the many frantic parents anxious to make sure their children were attended to.
WHAT’S HE REALLY LIKE?
Ramon Cuevas developed the CME approach (formerly MEDEK) in the early 1970’s. He has more than thirty five years of experience in the treatment of children with neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Cuevas teaches students and professionals around the world and has participated in conferences in South America and USA. He can be reached at (56-2) 4265334, (56-2) 4329050 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit his website at www.cuevasmedek.com