As a mother of 4, Mary Lynne has a special interest in working with children and babies. Many children suffer with the same aches and pains as adults. Posture in children is challenged by the use of electronics and long periods of sitting, not to mention heavy backpacks.
Many children and babies have mild structural and neurological problems that can affect their movement, coordination and posture, which can in turn, affect their ability to focus and learn. These mild to moderate delays often don’t get picked up until grade school. Mary Lynne has specialised training in assessing and treating children’s neurological and movement delays from the Prague School of Rehabilitation.
Mary Lynne can assess your child at any age, even a few months old for early signs of problems. If your child seems to be slower in development than their peers, it can be cause for concern. Many parents are told that their child will catch up but this wait and see approach can lead to more permanent hardwiring of the nervous system in poor movement patterns. This may show up later as musculoskeletal pain, scoliosis, poor coordination and learning delays. Treatment programs for children combine orthopedic techniques, craniosacral therapy and DNS (dynamic neuromuscular stabilization). See below for treatment description.
Common baby and childhood problems can be treated using the gentle approach of craniosacral therapy. By gently loosening tensions in the body and nervous system, your child can feel and function their best. It also generally has a calming effect, which can benefit sleep, digestion and mood.
Like adults, babies and children can experience physical and emotional injuries. The birth process, falls, bumps and bruises can cause subtle to severe trauma in children, and sometimes unexplained crying, poor sleep or digestion, and behavioural problems may be the only way your child is able to communicate that something is bothering them.
Colic, breastfeeding and sleeping difficulties, developmental delay, mis-shapen or flat head (plageocephaly) in babies can be concerning for parents. Craniosacral therapy can contribute greatly to alleviating some of these symptoms. It can also help a premature baby’s body and nervous system adjust better.In older children, postural problems such as scoliosis, flat feet, clumsiness, and slouching posture along with DNS can make a big difference.
Children who are diagnosed with a neurological condition can benefit greatly from receiving physiotherapy. Our physiotherapist has traditional and unique skills that are typically not offered within the same treatment setting.
Mary Lynne Jones specializes in pediatric neuro rehabilitation as taught by the Prague School of Rehabilitation using dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS).
Mary Lynne also enhances neurological recovery using craniosacral therapy (CST) and Sensory Enrichment Therapy with techniques specifically related to the brain and brain plasticity. Sensory, motor skills and sensory processing are also evaluated and treated.
Focus of treatment includes parents and families as much as possible to learn the treatment to do at home, combined with her performing specialized techniques that can not be done by parents.
Mary Lynne has a great rapport with babies, children and parents, having raised 4 children of her own.
The number one cause of physical disability worldwide is back pain. Prevention is key!
Are you tired of telling your children to “sit up straight”? General postural trends of our youth are declining at an alarming rate. This can have lifelong impact on their spinal health and their learning. Some postural experts are now confirming posture’s link to overall health and life span.
Telling your children to straighten up likely won’t help because joints and muscles may no longer be able to ‘straighten’ up easily on their own. Our physiotherapist will do a full postuer analysis and spinal evaluation to determine what your child needs to turn their poor posture habit around.
Yearly checks on posture are advised for all children. As a society we often focus on children’s teeth. We should also focus on spinal health, as their spines will affect everything they do.
Babies as young as 6 weeks old can show postural patterns that can be linked to scoliosis or poor movement patterns. Early treatment and exercises can help prevent these problems.
If there are no problems, no treatment is required. Early awareness and intervention creates the most success.