Firstly, Core Strengthening is related to the muscles in the core, centre of the body that relate to posture, centre of gravity and movement. The muscles in action when using your core include, abdominal muscles, back muscles, and pelvis.
These muscles matter greatly to us, as we depend on these in a lot of daily activities that at times we do not realise.
Why do children have low muscle strength or weak core muscles?
Through my experience it is becoming clear that a lot more children are showing low muscle tone and strength in their core. This shows through children having difficulty in seated table top activities, such as handwriting, eating dinner at the table and even through playing games seated in the floor.
This can be due to a range of reasons and is important to think about:
As many challenges which can occur in our developing children there are strategies in which you can add to their daily routine to increase Core Strength
2) Have your child lye on their back on the therapy ball adult, hold their hands and see if they can push from their legs. Change it- See if they can balance themselves on the ball and reach up for your hands.
Enjoy practicing and working on Core Strengthening exercises with your children or children you care for. If you have any queries or comments please contact Connecting Together, also look into out coordination package offering therapy across a range of gross motor skills, balance, aiming, throwing, core strength and catching.
Question- Would anyone like to share exercises or strategies for increasing core strength in children?
Poroporoaki hoki inaianei,
Melissa Walker-Tate (Occupational Therapist).
Connecting Together Ltd.