PT Corner: Working On Balance Reactions
[Source: Starfish Therapies]
I was walking around the clinic yesterday and noticed a therapist getting a child to stand in a bucket. I of course had to stop and see what they were doing because I was intrigued. I had all sorts of ideas in my own mind as to why they were doing this but I wanted to see what was happening in reality, not just in my imagination!
It turns out they were working on balance reactions, and encourage use of ankle and hip strategies to decrease an over-reliance on a stepping strategy. By having her reach outside her base of support and return to midline she has to rely on her core and leg muscles to keep her balance rather then just stepping to change her base of support.
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