The reasons why some children with cerebral palsy can’t walk. Part 2.

The reasons why some children with cerebral palsy can’t walk. Part 2.

 

The reasons for difficulty of formation of independent movement skill

 

 

  1. Emotional immaturity accompanied by highly increased feeling of fear and lack of self-trust.
  2. Change of muscle tone of body and limbs from very low to one getting to the stage of stiffness (contractures) or drastically changing tone.
  3. Reduction of muscle strength, which violates the opportunity for adequate movement.

Emotional immaturity accompanied by highly increased feeling of fear and lack of self-trust.

 

Most cases of cerebral palsy are premature babies who were born well before their due time. Not only a brain or spinal cord is immature, but all other organs. That’s why children with cerebral palsy have so many secondary diagnoses. So immaturity is a common cause for the absolute majority of concomitant diseases among children with cerebral palsy.

 

The psyche of a baby is immature too. So negativism, tearfulness and fear prevail.

 

Some kids, who are able to communicate, set «global tasks» for example to feel legs soon, but along with this the matter does not go any further than speaking. A child immediately capitulates even if difficulties are minimal and as a result he is not productive. Emotional immaturity should be overcome with frequent encouragements. Everybody likes to be praised and these kids especially like it. But not to overpraise, encouragement should follow only after any attempt to move and no other way. Encouragement should not be without any reason. You should always «bargain» with them. Remember that cerebral palsy is not a disease, but it is a condition of immaturity of the whole body which continues over time. Teach your baby to smile and thank other people, it will be necessary for him in his life as he will need help of other people throughout life.

 

Change of muscle tone of body and limbs from very low to one getting to the stage of stiffness (contractures) or drastically changing tone.

 

There are medicines that can raise or reduce muscle tone. They do not have absolute effect. During medication intake the tone can be really corrected, but after a while the medicine effect weakens.

 

The most radical ways of muscle tone correction:

High muscle tone – Ulzibat surgery.

Low muscle tone – it is difficult to correct it, but this problem can be solved with the help of hard trainings and orthopedic devices application.

Changing muscle tone (rough hyperkinesis) – it is partially corrected with the help of pneumatic suits of different models. Medicines are of little help. It is necessary to learn to move with hyperkinesis. It’s possible.

 

Reduction of muscle strength, which violates the opportunity for adequate movement.

 

In order to move – for example to crawl, one must have trained muscles of the arms, neck, back and legs. If to relax them only with the help of conventional medicine, there will be no effect. It makes sense to dream and explore some techniques for building-up physique among athletes. Devices to facilitate movements should always be used. Probably they will be discussed hereafter.

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