Postural Reactions & Head Righting Reflex
Postural reactions are important for maintaining an upright posture in sitting and
Head righting reflex is important for balance, if our head continues with the direction
of our body we could fall.
Both of these reflexes rely on good eye tracking, core strength, and an in-tune
We need our eyes to move easily. If we stumble our eyes should line up with the
horizon therefore balancing our head on top of our body and allowing our hands
to reach out to protect us.
These are muscles that, when they’re strong, prevent back pain, provide a strong base for sitting posture, and help kids to stand tall.
But what does core strength have to do with kids and development?
The simple answer is A LOT.
Postural reactions, head righting reflex and core muscles work together and if one area is not equally as strong we can have issues with balance and co-ordination
The vestibular system helps us understand what direction we are moving in from doing
roly-poly's, to sitting up tall, to walking backwards. If the vestibular system is not well developed, we can have issues with developing our lifelong reflexes of head righting and postural reactions.
If your child has any issues with
This can lead to difficulties with:
Unable to catch a ball or throw at a target
Difficulty skipping, hopping and jumping
Walking down stairs
Bumping into furniture
Doing breast stroke
Riding a bike
Settling for sleep
Car motion sickness
Dislike movement on play equipment (swings, merry-go-round)
& many more
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