A well-modulated vestibular system loves upside downs!
Upside downs are not only fun, but also great for your child’s balance,
posture and are also very calming!
It is important for children’s brains to experience a variety of movements
- be it up and down, left and right, and side to side to stimulate our
Did you know that upside downs are wonderful for kids of all ages?**
Do you do them with your child? Does your child enjoy them? Or find it a bit icky?
We have created 2 videos below to demonstrate how to safely do upside downs with your child.
upside downs 0 - 4 months
upside downs 5 months to 5 years.
* Please note upside downs should only be done a few times in a row (1-3 times), but can be done regularly throughout the week.
** Please do not do any upside downs on children with down syndrome, until you have consulted with your physiotherapist.
*** Genevieve is still working on her neck extension in upside downs.
0 - 4 months
5 months - 5 years
5 years and over
Bend backs are so much fun for kids.
Some spines will bend really easy and some spines won't.
Those who have a lot of mobility in their spines will need to
develop strength and stability; and those who are a bit
stiffer will need to develop a bit more flexibility.
So where do we start…
The trick is to work your way up to doing bend backs by doing
some simple stretches and then practicing your bridge.
1. Shrug your shoulders up and down to warm your shoulders up.
2. Look up and down and side to side to warm your neck muscles.
3. Stretch your hips and ankles.
4. Do a wrist stretch one way and then the other way.
5. Do a python pose- lying on your tummy and pushing up on your hands
and stretching your back in an arch pose like a python.
6. Do a bridge – lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor, place your hands above your head on the floor with your fingertips pointing towards your shoulders. Your elbows should be pointing up into the air.
7. Push through your shoulders and lift your body. Straighten your arms as much as you can. Focus on keeping your tummy, legs and bottom muscles tight.
It’s okay if you can’t lift far. Practice your bridge a few times a day and you’ll feel stronger.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us or book an online appointment.