Stages of Gross Motor Development
The stages of development should occur in the following order. If a skill is skipped or delayed, this could be a sign of dysfuntion within the central nervous system.
Early infancy (0 - 4 months):
- Head and neck control, including smiling and tracking with eyes (1-2 mo.)
- Pushing up with arms and chest during tummy time (2-3 mo.)
- Sits with support (3-4 mo.)
- Rolling from tummy to back (3-4 mo.)
Mid Infancy: (6 - 9 months):
- Sits without support (6-8 mo.)
- Pulls to stand (8-9 mo.)
- Crawls (9 mo.)
Later Infancy: (10 - 13 months)
- Walks with support (9-10 mo.)
- Stands without support (11-12 mo.)
- Walks without support (12-13 mo.)
How Neurologically-Based Chiropractic Care Improves Movement Patterns and Overall Health
Motor development directly affects overall development in a child, including their social, emotional, and mental health. A child with either slow or overactive movement patterns can develop other challenges like Sensory Processing Disorder, Motor Tics, emotional dysregulation, behavioral and focus challenges, and speech delays.
The good news: Neurologically - based chiropractic care impacts the TONE of the neves in the spinal cord, which affects how the muscles form and move around the spine, which helps the child perform important gross-motor tasks that are crucial for optimal health and development.
Neurological Assessment Tool: sEMG technology scans your child’s nervous system to measure how much energy the nerves within their muscles are using to maintain proper posture and coordiante movement.
The Integrator: This gentle and effective adjustment tool brings calm and balance to motor nerves which allows children to better control their bodies, emotions, and social connections.
Five Signs Your Child has an Overactive Nervous System Hindering their Development
If your child displays displays these behaviors on a regular basis, chances are their nervous system is wound up too tight, resulting in more intense movement patterns and emotions which can make it harder for them to get along with peers, cooperate in a classroom, or control their body.
Would you like to improve your child's incoordination, emotional outbursts, or sensory issues? Schedule an appointment to take a look inside their nervous system so we can make a plan to begin healing today.