Note this is from a personal perspective
Hemiplegia in Children
I have written in previous blogs about my challenges in the area of hemiplegia which was due to brain injury I had due to complications birth and body disconnection this has meant complications in the area of gait (movement and locomotion), pressure and depth.
Symptoms to Look Out For
Keep in mind that symptoms will vary according to each child. While some children may exhibit all symptoms, others may only exhibit a few. The common symptoms associated with hemiparetic and hemiplegic CP consist of:
Using only one hand while playing, typically surfacing before the age of three
Constantly keeping one hand balled into a fist
Unusually long delay in reaching developmental milestones
Extreme stiffness and/or muscle weakness on one side of the body
Balance and walking problems
Body Disconnection and Low Muscle Tone
Body disconnection has had an impact on my gait also in you think about not being about to perceive the pressure points of movement (toe and heel pressure), direction of legs and knee placement as well as having poor core muscle strength which is my case I feel was to do with being premature and having mild hypermobility/low muscle tone which may have also contributed to my problems with expressive language.
Insoles and Conclusion
- Increased input in perceptual awareness of my “feet”.
- Increased awareness of the pressure needed which had a positive impact on locomotion.
- Feelings of fatigue have improved due to improve perceptual input and correcting of gait formation and locomotion.
- Information processing “blockage” has been freed allowing and freeing up space more
- I feeling of “coherence” and overall grounding improving mood and anxiety disorders
Paul Isaacs 2019