HeartSpace Blog

A thoughtful commentary on issues in Physical Therapy for children, adolescents and adults experiencing challenges with movement

6 Things Parents Should Know About Core Stability and the Development of Movement

1. Core stability is not created by the strength a muscle. New research over the past 20 years has taught us that core stability is not equal to the strength of stomach or back or hip muscles. Because we now understand that core stability has as much to do with the brain as it has

Run, Run, Run As Fast As You Can!

A few weeks ago I had occasion to assess a lovely little girl. Her mom had several concerns one of which was her incoordination during running.  I noted that there were difficulties with alignment in all positions/activities (pelvis and rib cage tending to stabilize at end range rather than display mid-range control) and this was

Dynamic Core for Kids Applied: The Challenge of Continence for Kids with Challenges

Today marks the release of our new online course – “The Challenge of Continence for Kids with Challenges”.  Julie Wiebe PT and I have applied the Dynamic Core for Kids concepts to expand therapists’ understanding of continence as a component of the same system that promotes postural control, central stability and balance. We are very

6 Things Parents Should Know About Primitive Reflexes and The Development of Movement

1.  Primitive reflexes are a typical part of development. These are developmental, hard wired patterns of movement designed to help us survive (survival reflexes) and cope with gravity (postural reflexes) when we are babies.   2.  Primitive reflexes have great influence. Reflexes can influence emotional state, eye movements, arm and hand movement and leg movements.

The Saga Continues…….

Unfortunately in paediatrics the saga is the continued increase in the number of children referred for torticollis. The numbers are so high that the APTA has a set of clinical guidelines for its management (1). We have observed that this phenomenon correlates with the “Back to Sleep” campaign, which further correlates with the rise of