Exercise programs Exercise is an effective therapeutic agent for the maintenance and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders as well as for the acceleration of the child’s psycho-motor development, and for the prevention of rickets.
Developmental exercises help to reach the infant’s developmental milestones such as learning to hold his head up in attempt to look at the world around him, rolling over from stomach to side and back, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking. When an infant is developmentally delayed or neurologically impaired, these motor skills are often delayed, and do not develop easily.
Bio-energetic stretching is an important part of developmental exercises.
Bio-energetic stretching is performed gradually, starting from the distal regions (hands and feet) and approaching the proximal (spine). Stretching of the feet and legs has effect on the lumbar portion of the spine, while stretching of the hands and arms influences the thoracic region. Only after the legs and arms have been stretched separately stretching of the whole spine can be proceeded by simultaneous stretching from the hands and feet. It is most effective to do the stretching while lifting the child into the air by his or her hands and feet, which increases the elongation. It is mandatory and important to keep the hands, arms, feet, legs, and spine of the child in horizontally aligned.