June 6

Hope for Developmental Delays: Finding Success Outside Standard Therapies

As a parent, it’s natural to feel concerned and confused when your child experiences gross motor delays. You may have tried everything from countless physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions to diligently following through with home exercises, only to see little to no progress. If your child struggles to sit up, crawl, or walk despite months of traditional therapy, fatigues easily, slouches constantly, and avoids physical activities altogether, you’re not alone. Many parents find themselves in the same situation, wondering why their child’s gross motor development seems to have plateaued.

But what if we told you that the root cause of your child’s challenges might be something that’s often overlooked by traditional pediatric therapies? The real issue behind gross motor delays in kids goes way beyond low muscle tone and a weak core.

The Importance of Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are crucial for a child’s overall development and daily activities. These skills involve movements that require the entire body, primarily utilizing the large muscle groups like the arms, legs, and core. However, there’s a set of nerves and muscles that are often left out of the conversation when discussing gross motor skills and development: those of the neck and neurospinal system.

Gross motor development follows a predictable sequence, starting with head and neck control for latching and nursing. As your child grows, they begin to develop trunk control through tummy time and learning to roll over. Next, they start activating their core muscles to sit up independently. From there, your child progresses to army crawling and regular crawling, which are essential for brain development. Finally, they learn to furniture cruise and take their first steps.

The Missing Piece: The Role of the Neuro Spinal System

While traditional therapies focus on strengthening muscles and improving coordination, they often overlook the critical role of the nervous system, particularly the neurospinal system, in gross motor function. If we want to get to the root cause of any neuromuscular or gross motor challenge, we must first address the “neuro” part. This is where Neurologicaly-Focused  Chiropractic Care comes in, as it can access and improve Central Nervous System function in a way that PT and OT cannot.

Subluxation and sympathetic dominance, or increased tone, often set up shop in the neck and neurospinal system. These issues are most commonly caused by breech positioning or birth interventions like forceps, vacuum, induction, or c-section. The resulting hyper or high tone will remain stuck in those regions until adjusted and cleared out of the way. In other words, the original cause of “low tone” or a “weak core” is actually tension and subluxation in the neck and neurospinal system.


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