For rehab clinicians, the relevance of postural control is significant, particularly during infant and toddler development. Postural control:
- Develops to sustain life and to optimize attention and to support learning and function.
- Provides the stability needed to liberate the limbs and head to explore and move.
- Acquisition begins at the head and neck and progresses to the toes.
- Acquisition begins with extension of the neck and trunk muscles against gravity, soon balanced by neck and trunk flexion.
- Deficits have been identified as a significant concern in children with cerebral palsy.
- The reliance on the tonic recruitment of limb muscles to compensate for a core stability deficit has not yet been investigated.
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