PT Corner: Righting Reactions
[Source: Starfish Therapies]
What are righting reactions you may ask. Righting reactions are the reactions that help bring our head, trunk, and body back to midline so we can keep our balance. They help us to be able to stand on a boat, or a moving train. They help us to regain our balance after we catch our toe on something, or to be able to walk across an unstable surface. Basically they are pretty important.
Righting reactions start to develop right away. That’s what head control is all about. When a baby can hold their head stable, their righting reactions are easier. That’s because their inner ear sends messages to the rest of the body about where it is in space. If it’s not where its supposed to be, the body is able to begin the correction process it to bring it back to where it should be.
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