The Importance of Reflexology and Physiotherapy for Babies.

Reflexology for babies

Unknown to most parents the feet contain millions of sensory receptors that are responsible for proprioception; that is how we develop sensitivity in our feet,which allows us to walk. It is  vital that the newborn can gain strength in their muscle groups and it is this stimulation of the feet that allows the brain to send these signals to speed up the process so that your baby will be crawling and walking faster.

Most importantly the bond that is formed during the first few days,weeks, months and years is enhanced by reflexology.Most midwives now can recommend or train mothers to perform reflexology and teach them the basic foot maps which correspond to the system organs,helping them to work on the baby’s health concern through this simple touch stimulation technique.

For example using the fingertip caterpillar walk technique when applied during a reflexology sequence to reflex points such as the lymphatics,this can aid the strengthening of the immune system.With all the colds and infections babies face in their first few weeks and months,it is in the best interest of the mother and father to put this instinctive touch therapy to good use.

Physiotherapy for babies

Used alongside reflexology; passive,active and gently assisted stretching of muscles can prevent  trigger points creating future muscular-skeletal problems. Most importantly Physiotherapy teaches the body essential movement for carrying out day-to-day tasks which is very important at different stages of the baby’s development. Regular Physiotherapy either in a clinic or home based environment,performed by a Qualified Chartered Physiotherapist with the parent present can greatly enhance the child’s physical development. Some Chartered Physiotherapists teach the parents basic resistance type physical exercises to perform on the newborn baby so they can assisted the baby to develop proprioception; resulting in the infant being able to use their limbs quicker than those who do not use physiotherapy and reflexology as part of their child’s development.

Baby Massage is now increasingly becoming more popular for parents looking to develop strong bonds, preventing post-natal depression and helping to reduce the infants stress by increasing relaxation resulting in a happier, healthier baby. You can now find many baby massage and baby reflex instructors in your area in your local telephone directory or alternatively you can look for them online through google .

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