Why Do Children With Muscle Hypotension Need Physiotherapy?
Why is my child having difficulty making basic movements? As
parent, we often have questions that bother us, the answers to which are often not
available. However, this question can be answered by a physical therapist. Including
case your child is struggling with muscle weakness that
affects his ability to move freely and play according to his own
recognition. If your child is struggling with hypotension, i.e. low tonus
muscle, a physical therapist can help you improve and achieve
various levels in the life of the child, but not cured. It will help:
* acquire or explore skills that will prove useful in further development
* achieve (if possible) further milestones in the life of the infant or
the child and
* gain motivation and enthusiasm to perform the exercises that will make it possible
more basic and complex daily activities
everyday (in the case of regular therapy).
In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of physiotherapy in children with muscle hypotension
and we will discuss how it can help your child progress
not only in the area of fine and gross motor skills but also to consolidate balance and
psychophysical comfort of a child during an active lifestyle in society.
What is muscle hypotension?
Many parents and guardians notice that their child has so-called “Flaccid muscles” touching some
areas of the baby’s body (often around the joints). Sometimes children find it difficult to maintain
objects in their hands (as shown in the photo) or have difficulty sitting in a position
vertical. They do not realize that it is closely related to, for example, the action of the reflex arc.
It may be useful to think of hypotension as a spectrum condition – some children with hypotension will
they had only slight problems getting their muscles to tone properly, while others would
need more support. The most important thing, in this case, is finding out the character’s
low muscle tone, whether it is mild, moderate, or severe. Hypotension
Muscle is a condition where the nervous system does not work properly with the muscular system.
This is directly related to the action of the reflex arc through which it is possible
for the flow of stimuli and nerve impulses in the sensorimotor pathway which is responsible for
proper muscle tone. There is an abnormality in a child (with muscle hypotension)
stimulation of impulses by which, the movements become more negligible, and consequently occurs
muscle flaccidity, i.e. a condition in which, during passive movement in the joints, the muscles do not show
adequate resistance to the performed motor activity; they don’t show the right one
action in relation to the force of gravity, this indicates that the receptor-effector path is disturbed.
Understanding your child’s level of muscle hypotension and what causes it will help you
determine a physiotherapist and how to best manage his needs.
What are the common symptoms of hypotension?
Many infants develop hypotension in the first weeks and months of life. They show
inter alia, poor eye-hand coordination, decreased muscle tone (with
looseness) in certain parts of the body, and difficulty sitting, crawling, or
walking, moreover, at times your baby may seem unresponsive to touch. While
some infants and children with hypotension have very severe symptoms and require intense exercise
treatment in a rehabilitation center, others have milder symptoms that respond well to straight
home therapy. That is why it is so important to define the state of weakness
muscle tension by a specialist.
What are the causes of low muscle tone in children or infants?
The causes of hypotension can be found mainly in diseases and other diseases
neurological factors that directly affect the child, e.g. Down syndrome, cerebral palsy
childhood, Mowat-Willson disease, Prader-Willi syndrome, or in the pathology of the mechanism
reflex arc – discontinuity/damage or reduced inflow of pioneering stimuli, or
excessive influx of inhibitory stimuli from the CNS. They could very well be muscle diseases in these
myopathies, neuropathies, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and spinal muscular atrophy – SMA. You shouldn’t
forget that the period of pregnancy around and also has an influence on proper muscle tone
postnatal. The causes of pregnancy include contamination of amniotic fluid, cytomegaly,
viral infections, toxoplasmosis, and the mother’s lifestyle – stimulants, while when it comes to the period of approx
and postpartum include: umbilical cord wrap, forceps delivery, newborn hypoxia,
loss of heart rate in the newborn / mother, intracranial hemorrhage or meningitis.
Who should consider physical therapy for their child?
A child who has muscle hypotension caused by a diagnosed neurological disease
should be assessed and treated by a physical therapist. The physical therapist will look at how individually
selected therapy for your child may affect his or her mobility. Moreover, he can
identify any movement problems and suggest ways to deal with them in each
possible detail not only in terms of mental and physical, but even social. What’s more,
the therapist will also advise you about the exercises you can do with your baby,
she will also advise on activities related to school or education in the context of movement disorders
in everyday life.
Make an appointment today
If you want to help your child cope with difficulty making basic movements in
in daily life, contact your local Dynamic Therapy Center today. We are here,
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