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First focus on each individual vertebra and then work on the spine as a whole.
So I'm I'm here in just working and I need to work on the spine.
Now the tendency with anything we do in life, we think lifting up.
But with the baby, it's a bit more about the down.
So if the spine is here, my touch going down; my down is just significant, if not more so than, my touch going up.
So when I go up, I'm going to affect the system by initiating the absolute horizon in the neck vertebra this way.
What I'm looking for is that water bowl technique, creating weight transfer in the neck vertebra. Here is a video to help you visualize how your touch is affecting the system.
I have a friend of mine, who's baby had some umbilical cord issues while being born.
From this slight deviation in adjusting how the baby needed to be born, the baby didn't get to fulling experience their first rolling milestone when coming out of the birth canal.
That being said, in just the first few days of life, I can already see how this friction at birth is changing the baby's neck movements and interrupting the baby's ability to establish its absolute horizon.
So I look at the spine as each individual vertebrae and also as a whole.
Before I start working with the spine as a whole, I need to make sure that each individual vertebra is articulating its purposed movement correctly.
Once this happens then all the vertebras will synchronize and that where you start getting the full function of the spine and the roll is plays in the child's milestone development.
This significant movement milestone, the absolute horizon, should be taking place during your child first month of life.
So again, by the time your infant is one month old, your baby's absolute horizon should be established.
During that time the baby should learn how to move the spine in all directions.
When the baby is on its back as well as on its stomach.
When these movement articulations don'e happen on an individual vertebra basis, the spine will not work together as it should therefore hindering the baby's ability to milestone on time.
So that's why when a baby is born early, or has NICU time, or some other type of birth trauma, you will always want to go in and make sure their system is stable and then get the spine working.
If your child is struggling with their tummy time milestone, the spine not setting up correctly can be one of the reasons why your child is not transitioning into that developmental milestone.
Apart from the little baby exercise shown in the video, the 'Tummy Time Course' is an excellent resource for your to reorganize your child's spine and other foundational movements so your child can have more success in performing functional tummy time.
Functional tummy time, meaning your child is experiencing the transitional movements needed for your child to independently get in and out of tummy time without stress.
I'm not looking for oxygen deprivation, I'm just looking for articulation issues in the spinal column.
So what is meant to happen when the baby rotates out of the birth canal, the rotation is articulated in the neck and expands down through the spine for spinal extension.
But when there's a cord or a stuck shoulder, any of those kind of things, you get a short rebound, it interrupts this rotation in the spine that the baby should experience, and the spine doesn't extend fully.
This is an important part of the birthing process that is setting the system up for movement and milestone development.
I have a little munchkin that flew in from New Jersey that got stuck, so much so, that the doctor had to crack the collarbone to get the baby out.
Like the cord, just with that traumatic birthing experience, it's a broken bone and now.; again, that skeletal articulation didn't happen in the spine and the baby's movements are going to deviate from a more typical development.
Contractions are so important and the way the baby comes out.
The expansion or pop of the parietal bones, which are the cranial bones when the baby rotates to come out of the vaginal canal, are meant to be a part of that first rotational milestone a baby experiences at birth.
Again, this is what initiates this spinal extension the baby needs to experience so in time the baby will successfully be able to transition in an out of successful tummy time.
So I hope that helps you understand better how the umbilical cord around a baby's neck as birth interrupts a baby's development process.
But with Movement Lesson™ you can manually offer this rotation that should have happened in the spine during your child's birth.
Even if you child is a toddler, older child, or adult, you can still offer them these movements doing the *Super Baby Bootcamp. Click Here.
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