My Pediatric Physical Therapist suggested kinesio taping?

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I know it sounds funny and many of you may not even know what it is. Kinesio taping is used to accomplish a variety of different things. It has received a lot of attention in the past few Olympics, when several athletes were visibly taped. The actual tape was invented years ago. Recently, many therapists have begun more actively using the tape as more and more research has surfaced. The tape can be used to treat an injury by reducing healing times as well as to enhance muscle functions without restricting range of motion.

That all sounds wonderful but what exactly can it do for toddlers and infants? Most of the more recent uses have been for improving postural control or reducing an over used muscle, such as in torticollis.  I received this question from a young mother whose child was diagnosed with torticollis and the child has not responded well yet from traditional stretching and positioning.  Following the protocols from a therapist who is trained specifically on how to tape for this condition is a must. The tape has to be applied in an inhibitory manner, meaning in a specific direction and anchored properly to reduce stress on the skin.

When used properly, this is a very effective tool in helping your child achieve his or her therapy goals.

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One month old “walking”

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Oh my! You are gathered together to see the new baby in the family and someone holds the little one upright. The baby proceeds to take “steps” and everyone is declaring that the baby is trying to walk. Subsequently everyone assumes the baby will be an early walker.

Let’s clear this up!

First, what you are seeing is a normal infant reflex that should be present in all infants at around 1 to 3 months. When the baby gets older, her or she will lose this reflex and just bear weight on his or her feet.

No ability to bear weight or with a rigid posture and head arching back are red flags that should be evaluated.

Once the baby gets old enough to pull into standing, the stepping reflex should reappear to assist the child to start crawling and eventually take steps.

There are many reflexes that are normally present. Some are abnormal if they stay too long. I have outlined some of the major reflexes and their normal and abnormal presentations in a book that is in development.

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