Rolfing Helps Kids with Delays

ayriana-closeBabies and children with special needs including Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism and ADHD face unusual challenges.

Rolfing/Structural Integration can help such children develop healthy movement and structural patterns.

 While Rolfing is not meant to substitute for traditional approaches in pediatric care – occupational, physical and speech therapies, it helps babies & children become better organized within the field of gravity by balancing tensions within the soft tissue network (fascia.)

By improving alignment and organization within the structure the child becomes more upright and movement becomes freer and easier.

Rolfing/Structural Integration improves:

  • Vertical organization: The body segments are better stacked and upright.
  • Mobility: By releasing chronic shortenings in the myofascia (muscles and connective tissue), range of motion improves.
  • Postural control: As the body becomes better aligned and upright, less force is needed to maintain posture.
  • Coordination: Gross and fine motor tasks become easier when the structure is well organized and supported by the field of gravity.
  • Biomechanics: By balancing the tension in the myofascia, the alignment and mobility of each joint improves.
  • Sensory processing: The visual and vestibular systems are both profoundly influenced by establishing a vertically-aligned central axis.
  • Shpilkas (Yiddish for ants in your pants, agitation and nervousness.): An organized structure provides the physical ease and grounding that is necessary for focused attention.