The current practice of pediatric physiotherapy focuses on applying and refining the application of Movement Lesson.
‘Movement Lesson™ is an alternative approach to optimize an individual’s movements through touch.
By assessing any weakness in the initiation of movement, ML™ can identify and reinforce rotation within an action, increasing range of motion.
It is, at its core, a gentle approach. Through touch, one senses the interplay of movement within the body, at a very small or a larger scale. When applied in the context of early development, the focus is to assess any movement limitations, and to establish a safe basis within the system to be free to move. ML™ allows the therapist to sense the interplay of movements and to support the system to learn new connections by offering variations and more efficient movement options.
Every tiny detail within one’s body, gives a hint to what is missing, or what needs to be nudged in order to create/re-access greater degrees of connection and freedom in movement.
Achievement milestones include movements that can occur with a lot more ease and with freedom to move more efficiently by creating/ regaining better and clearer connections amongst various parts of the system.
A happy outcome, especially in adults is, reduction in holding patterns, spasms, pains, greater degrees of freedom, flexibility, better overall alignment, posture and balance.
The technique is essentially relying on the ability of the brain to form new connections, and to choose the most efficient way to move once presented with options.
Movement Lesson therapy can be used to treat multiple chronic conditions including:
Global Developmental Delay
Nerve Palsy- most commonly Brachial plexus, Erb’s palsy
Neural tube defects (MMC- Myelomeningocele, Spina Bifida)
Torticollis (Wry neck)
Common Orthopaedic conditions- Club foot, Hip Dysplasia, Knock knees, Bow legs, Flat foot, in-toeing, etc.
DCD(developmental coordination disorder)
Any childhood injury or fall resulting in difficulties or change in movement abilities.
Other syndromes that affect motor movements