JoyKid Practice Research Centre. The analysis of the “Koala-mama” — the exercise from the basic practice program.
News from specialists JoyKid Practice Research Centre about recent research results. The students of the JoyKid course have sent their application for the study of the “Koala-Mama” exercise to the specialist of JoyKid Practice Research Centre, the pediatrician and mother Tatiana Chakhchakhova.
“Dear Moms and Dads!
I would like to start by saying that we all know that any disease is easier to prevent than to treat. There is no exception to such a problem in children, such as dysplasia of the hip joints. The prevention of it helps to avoid serious problems in the future.
In this topic I bring to your attention the analysis of the “Koala-mama” exercise of the JoyKid program. This exercise is useful for both: for healthy kids, and for babies with revealed hip dysplasia at their first month of life.
The younger the child is, the higher is the ability to achieve the normal hips position. And it is more likely to complete recovery. Here it is necessary to bear in mind one “but”. For babies from 1 to 6 months it is necessary to fix the head and back well durins this exercise because the muscles of the neck and back are not mature, and physiological curves of the spine are not formed yet. It is also necessary to exclude the swinging to the sides for those who up to 3 months, using only the inclinations forward.
The exercise refers to the passive ones, in this case the baby takes a forced position in the form of a “frog” pose, but the mother performs most physical of work. When performing the exercise, baby’s lower limbs assume the position of bending and retraction in the first, third and fourth stages. Such a situation, as orthopedists believe, is ideal for repositioning of the hip joint. At the second stage, the limbs are in the state of withdrawal, while the hip joints of the baby are working. So, what benefit do we get for a baby performing this complex?
First, such an excercise on the hip joint will lead to an improvement in its blood supply, and this in turn will have a beneficial effect on the nutrition of the cartilaginous tissue, ligaments and nerves, and will promote the ripening of the joint, and will relieve tension in it.
Second, as it has been noticed for a long time that when the legs of the baby are in the withdrawn state, self-direction of the dislocation and centralization of the femur head are observed. This feature is the basis of all current methods of conservative treatment of various forms of hip dysplasia (wide swaddling, Freik’s pillow, stirrups, etc.).
Third point is that thanks to such gymnastics, the muscles of the lower extremities are well-blooded and strengthened, and strong muscles are the pledge of correct formation of the joints. For babies from 1 to 6 months old it is better to practice once a day. It is better to do when your baby has slept, is not hungry and is in a good mood. For babies from 6 to 12 months it is suitable to exercise twice a day.
In conclusion, I would like to note that this exercise is a useful and effective tool for strengthening the baby’s health. Also do not forget that it is necessary to consult the pediatrician before practising.
Dear loving parents, I wish you to good mood and to believe in yourself and in your baby!!!”
Tatiana Chakhchakhova, pediatrician, JoyKid Practice Research Centre specialist