If you have ever seen a child taking their first steps, I’m sure you would agree that it is one of life’s great joys. Whenever we see this in the office we have an extra level of awe because we know what this means for the child. It means that their brain is physically changing, for the better.
Walking isn’t a one and done learning process, it takes thousands of tries and many weeks to finally get it “right.” Our motor development is the result of strengthening positive and beneficial connections between brain cells and getting rid of incorrect connections, exactly like pruning a tree. All of those times a child falls while learning helps the brain prune away un-needed and incorrect connections between cells and strengthen correct connections and pathways so their brain finally learns.
Our motor development (crawling, standing, walking etc.) is also intimately and inextricably connected to our cognitive development. This is why, unfortunately, many children who are suffering from a motor delay will also very likely be struggling with a cognitive delay as well. Skipping or delaying motor milestones can often signal cognitive delays to come.
The control of the head, neck and spine drive our motor development right from the start. The reason we gently and specifically adjust the spine of children is because it is much more than just a stack of bones; it is a living, breathing communication superhighway between the brain and body carrying and relaying everything, including motor information. A fixated or improperly moving spinal joint distorts vital communication and gives the brain incorrect information. Gentle and specific adjustments to correct these fixations restore correct motor communication between the brain and body.