We don´t necessarily like every article we read. First of all, we have to find what interests us amongst the hundreds of articles that are available. One in particular I found very interesting, “The development of Motor behavior” by Karen Adolf and John Franchak. This interesting article covers the motor aspect in the baby but from a developmental point of view. You all know that PIMT (Pediatric Integrative Manual Therapy) is interested in this subject. I will upload it to our private area.
The hidden value of the posture
I like the fact that it not only talks about movement but also the importance of posture. “Posture is the fundamental part of motor reactions. On this basis other actions are built”.
We know that postural control is an evolutionary high point because the newborn cannot stabilize their different appendages nor support themselves.
On analyzing the quality of support, control of the trunk, the position of stabilized limbs gives us a good idea of the quality of control of the nervous system. In this way when we evaluate using the Alberta (AIMS) scale, I like to be very aware of the quality of positional control and also the quality of positional changes and movements.
In older children we also look at stability and postural control. It is very interesting, when there is no good postural control, the movements are usually less precise.
In fact, working with babies and their parents in order to ensure postural experiences when the baby cannot do it alone, is already a way of programming motor control. And hasa strong influence I believe!