As a Physical Therapist, I always assess the strength and endurance of a child’s core musculature, as it is the foundation for providing stability during transitional movements and mobility. Core strength is critical to your child being able to be independent with functional activities and mobility - and we want your little one to be up and on the go!
If your child has a weak core it may manifest as one or multiple of the following:
- Inability to sit independently and play with toys
- Poor posture in sitting or standing
- Difficulty maintaining balance on uneven surfaces
- Lower back pain
- Leaning on a surface when standing
- Placing the head down on the desk during writing
- Difficulty transitioning between different positions (such as rolling or sitting to standing)
In physical therapy, we address core weakness through strengthening exercises, stabilization interventions, and by playing in transitional positions - all while having fun.
If you are concerned with your child’s core strength, please don’t hesitate to ask questions below in the comment section or schedule a physical therapy evaluation.