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Posted on 11-01-2017

How we Moved as a Child may Dictate How we Move as an Adult

There is a innate developmental pattern for children to go through. The time at which a certain stage is met is not as important as hitting the proper sequence of movements. A child does more neurological development in the first few years of life compared to the rest so laying down the proper neurological foundation is very important. The proper sequence of movement allows the baby to develop strength and stability in a specific position prior to advancing to the next. Every step is as important as the next allowing a baby to go from the full flexed newborn position to standing up and walking independently.  A baby must be able to start on their stomach and lift their head with control and then see something they want to be able to learn to roll over or crawl to get it. The below diagram shows the proper development for a child.

Diagram 1:http://slideplayer.com/slide/4411751/

Why is this important? Not only is it important for proper childhood development, it will also dictate the quality of movement as adult. If we developed faulty motor patterns or compensation motor patterns as a child this could lead to a decrease in the performance and quality of movement and ultimately injury down the road. We see this faulty movement patterns quite often in our office. The body is amazing and will continue to find ways to complete a task, however it may be at the expense of your hip or knee.

A good starting point to check for these faulty patterns is looking at stabilization in a sagittal plane or your posture. Since postural function precedes and follows every movement it is so important to ensure your movements start in a proper position. Proper posture will enable the best loading of your joints. It allows for an ideal balance between the agonists and antagonists muscles leading to the best performance output. Your resting posture will dictate your breathing pattern and ultimately the way your trunk/core will stabilize your skeletal system during dynamic movements.

If you look at the diagram below you will see different skeletal systems. The first image shows ideal posture with ribs stacked over pelvis allowing for proper breath and building intraabdominal pressure (IAP). The other three images show some common posture stances and how there is an energy leak in the system and it limits the person from building proper IAP and can lead to faulty movement patterns.

Diagram 2: https://newgradphysicaltherapy.com/role-breathing-physical-therapy/

As chiropractors we constantly look to someone’s posture to give insight to the movement patterns we may predict in a client. Through various treatments protocols (adjustments, soft tissue work and stability/strengthening exercises) our goal is to help clients get back to proper neuro-motor patterns and get rid of any compensation patterns. If you have any questions in regards to a current weakness, injury or want to improvement your overall performance contact us at Sopris Chiropractic to get more info!



Kobesova A, Kolar P Nørgaard I.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: Exercise in the developmental positions to achieve spinal stability and functional joint centration, Neurorehabilitation of People with Impaired Mobility - Therapeutic Interventions and Assessment Tools, 2017; 145-62, 978-80-87878-07-1


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