Mason’s physical therapist came over today to see the progress he’s made in the last month. He was worn out by the end of the session! Head Strength and Stability
Mason has made big strides in this area. With trunk support he keeps his head steady for long periods of time. He is able to track things and not drop his head as he’s turning. He is still weaker on the right side, which you can see because when he tracks something to the right his head tilts back just a bit, engaging extensors to compensate for the weak neck muscles. (Extensors are the muscles for lifting a head up while on his tummy, not the muscles for turning side to side.)
Mason still has a bit of work to loosen up turning to his right side but we’ve made some progress. He’s not nearly as tight. We’ll keep working on stretching his head/neck this month.
Leg Flexibility (Knees and Hips)
Slow and steady seems to be the theme here. We’re able to straighten his knees and hips closer to a full extension than a month ago. This progress is slow because Mason does not extend his legs himself due to being a parapalegic - all the work has to be done by my husband and I. We’ll get there.
Our Physical Therapy Goals for the Next Month
- Begin shifting our hands lower on his trunk so he develops the next set of muscles while upright and maintaining his head.
- Continue lots of tummy time with a new task – we’re to help support him by holding his upper arms (propping him on his forearms), our job being to keep his arms from sliding out from under him. With this support Mason is able to better lift his head and work out those neck muscles.
- Keep stretching those legs.
- Try the Bumbo seat in a few weeks to see how his trunk control is progressing.