Physical Therapy: Part Two
Back in October we began seeing a physical therapist to help accelerate Berlin’s gross motor skills (you can read part one here). Since then we have taken several months off to concentrate on the exercises given from the therapist. But a few weeks ago we began up again with a new therapist (based on the advice of our pediatrician).
After our final visit to the previous therapist in the fall, Ryan and I felt confident we had the tools to build Berlin’s strength. We very much thought she would be walking in no time. But unfortunately several months went by and still no steps were taken. I wholeheartedly believed she would walk on her own timeline, but I was feeling (personal) pressure from others. While I realize this pressure came with the best intentions, it seemed all conversations with family and friends revolved around Berlin’s lack of mobility-which of course deepened my anxiety further. So we set up a follow up visit to the pediatrician to make sure nothing was physically wrong with Berlin (which thankfully there was not) and we began to see a new therapist.
The second therapist was just as comforting as the first. She was excellent with Berlin and reassured us there was nothing to worry about. She absolutely feels confident Berlin will begin walking soon-cheers for that!
During the initial visit she found that Berlin’s hips were weak, which is either caused by the scooting itself or the hips were previously weak forcing her to find an alternative to crawling, guess we will never really know…
She told us to focus on building her hip strength through encouraging crawling and doing hip exercises on the ball. We are of course suppose to urge her to cruise and stand, but the main focus is to build her strength. She feels once that strength is established she will pop right up and begin walking.
Its only been a few short weeks and already Berlin is cruising (dare I say even jogging) around the house on her push toy. Its amazing!
I couldn’t be more thrilled. She is still quite wobbly, but I see improvements daily, and even better she is really enjoying it.
Cross your fingers that I’ll be chasing her around the playground soon!