The Postural Child A child’s posture provides information regarding their physical health as well as their emotional and mental state of mind. Subconsciously, posture socially affects children. Helping children with their posture will aid with their overall growth and development. A child’s poor posture may be indicative of future problems such an back pain or injury. As a parent, you may learn that your child’s posture is one of the reasons why they are not as energetic as you expect them to be. From a postural standpoint, postural asymmetries must be detected as early as possible in children. Recent studies have shown that children with learning disabilities or decreased sports performance show early signs of postural asymmetries and dysregulated sensory receptors. The Postural Child and Learning Disabilities Proprioception plays an important role in the development of sensory perception in children through the primitive reflexes present at birth. In most cases of children with dyslexia, it is noted that some primitive reflexes are not integrated. The proper organization of the proprioceptive system allows the child, from birth, to move in a world governed by gravity and thus to situate himself in his space. Any flaw in this spatio-temporal organization inevitably hinders the smooth functioning of the pre-programmed sequences of motor reflex patterns making the coordinated execution of the motor tasks essential to the child’s developpement. Posturology as Prevention for Children Posture comes from a combination of factors: feet on the ground, and horizontal and symmetrical gaze. Observing your child’s posture opens a window into his or her level of self-confidence, self-esteem, ability to perform in sports and ability to communicate and learn. A postural assessment can reveal visual perception disorders. In Posturology, convergence testing and ocular exercises are used to discover and correct asymmetries of ocular muscles. Posturology can transform a child’s spatial perception. Posturepro’s proposed proprioceptive treatment consists of exercises that stimulate the persistent primitive reflexes to facilitate integration. The Posturologist will ask the parent to assist the child with the prescribed therapy which are daily exercises to be conducted at home. Lower Back Pain in Children Contrary to popular belief, one can suffer from back pain early in life. In young subjects, the pain is often one of the major symptoms observed in cases of non-specific chronic musculoskeletal pain. In recent years, many different techniques have been developed to treat lower back pain. However, still today, over 30% of adolescents continue to suffer from back pain. In children, lower back pain is an indicative symptom of a decompensation in the postural system. Lower back pain is a complex problem that conventional medicine alone cannot always relieve. There is a theory that a herniated disc is the only cause; this is untrue. A thorough postural examination allows us to discover postural asymmetries and assess postural stability. Depending on the results, a personalized multidisciplinary therapeutic action is prescribed and the child’s posture will be corrected in the three planes of space. Scoliosis Posturology can be used as a preventive measure in children, during scoliosis treatment with a brace, after treatment with surgery in adolescents, or during rehabilitation in adults. Fortunately, all cases of scoliosis do not progress to severe scoliosis. Nevertheless, it is important to take care of and monitor progress. Even without severe scoliosis, postural asymmetries are characteristics frequently observed in the Postural Deficiency Syndrome (PDS). Conclusion Postural reprogramming is essential in reducing the frequency of back pain and improving postural balance. Although outside influences lend a hand in contributing to a child’s postural deficiencies, many health experts are starting to speak out on how a child’s posture is one of the most important factors in preventing these and other medical conditions. The Posturepro Team Superior Performancer
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