“My child has a hollow lower back”, “she continuously sits/stands on one but cheek/leg, constantly sprains her ankles, walks by dragging her feet and is tired quickly”, “I can see her upper back becoming more and more bent” or “I saw that she had a crooked spine during swimming”, “her shoulders are at different heights”. All possible reasons for exercise therapy for children.
A child develops in its own way and at its own pace. Fact is that both body and movement pattern change considerably during growth. Sometimes a deviation in posture occurs and the child develops a reinforced hollow lower back (lordosis), a reinforced curved upper back (kyphosis) or a crooked spine (scoliosis). Quick growth and an unfavourable posture or movement pattern can strengthen the concavity, convexity or lateral curvature, resulting in symptoms and/or unbalanced growth.
A current extra factor for an unfavorable posture or movement pattern in children is frequent use of a laptop, tablet, smart phone or game console. It is always best to treat a posture disorder as soon as possible. At a young age, the spinal cord is still flexible and correcting bends will be easier. Especially scoliosis tends to worsen during growth. Usually a child does not have any symptoms when observing this disorder, but some muscles may be too tens, too short or too weak. Nevertheless, exercise therapy is useful.
What does the Exercise Therapist Mensendieck do?
The exercise therapist Mensendieck makes children aware of their posture and way of moving. Teaching them to adopt a good posture and a flexible way of moving prevents and reduces symptoms. Children are taught to move in a healthy way playfully as much as possible, using practice balls, balance boards and mirrors. When treating scoliosis, the emphasis is on symmetrical loading, shifting and training of the torso and muscle balance.