The Benefits of Learning to Crawl Before Learning to Walk

ApolloLawnMy heart breaks a little bit each time I hear a parent boast about their infant skipping a stage of the developmental process as if they have a prodigy. As a father of three, I understand how proud a parent can be about their kids. As a Chiropractor, I understand how skipping developmental stages can be disastrous for the well-being of the child. The more I learn about anatomy and physiology, the more profound my appreciation for the miracle of human life. As simple as it may seem, each stage in the infant’s growth is paramount to the proper coordination of the Central Nervous System. Please do not rush your child past these important milestones in their life. Crawling generally begins at around 6 to 9 months of age. Check out these amazing skills that are fine tuned when a baby practices crawling:

Benefits of Crawling

Gross Motor:

·        Increases strength and coordination throughout the body

·        Builds neck, back and stomach muscles to sit and stand upright

·        Develops cross-crawl patterning (example: right arm moves with left leg, and vice versa). This reciprocal movement pattern lays strong foundations for walking, running, and climbing stairs.

Fine Motor:

·        Bearing weight on hands develops arches in the palm necessary to hold and manipulate objects

·        Develops shoulder, arm, wrist and thumb stability for writing

·        Develops both sides of the body so children learn to cross midline and acquire hand dominance

Sensory Processing:

·        Decreases tactile sensitivities by providing deep pressure input to the hands

·        Activates muscles and joints of trunk, arms and legs for body and spatial awareness

·        Builds muscles that coordinate breathing for self-soothing

·        Development of motor planning (praxis) as child plans how to move their body from point A to B


·        Improves attention

·        Develops communication between both hemispheres of the brain for higher level skills such as reading, speech and communication

·        Develops depth perception and binocular vision as child’s eyes learn to focus and move from looking far away to nearby their hands while crawling. These same eye movements are used to throw and catch a ball, read or copy from the board.

As you can see, there is more going on in the little bundle-of-joy than meets the eye. If your kiddo goes from being carried everywhere to standing and walking without practicing these important tasks, the child may even be at a disadvantage when learning other important developmental stages throughout their lifetime.

Common reasons that a baby misses the crawling stage include:

·        The baby is held too often without any necessary “Tummy-Time”.

·        The parent is afraid about the safety of putting their child on the floor because of trauma hazards, choking hazards, or sanitary concerns.

·        The parent assists the child in a standing position to encourage the standing posture prematurely.

·        The child is placed into a baby holder of some type which positions them in the standing position for extended periods of time.

Unfortunately, a parent who is happy that their kid is developing at an incredible rate may not understand what the poor kid is missing. Please forward this to a friend of yours who has a baby so that they do not accidentally make this mistake. At the same time, don’t be too bummed out if your toddler has already started walking around without having learned to crawl. Be sure to have them adjusted routinely by the family Chiropractor to allow their Central Nervous System to function a greater potential allowing natural healing to take place.

Kelly Baltuska, DC

Dr. Baltuska talks about the conditions chiropractors treat

On October 21, I was able to chat with Chad Austin on his Internet radio show, “Be Fit…For Life.” In this excerpt from that interview, I discuss the many conditions that chiropractic care can treat. Enjoy.


What conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractic care can help with many different health conditions. Some of the more common reasons patients seek care is for neck pain, mid and low back pain, headaches and pain in the joints of the limbs. Any and all types of body aches and pains. Other conditions include: Stress, anxiety, scoliosis, sciatica, postural abnormalities, overuse injuries, sprains and strains, motor vehicle accidents, whiplash, disc herniations, muscle tension etc. Some conditions that the public may not be aware of include chiropractic care for infants, babies, and children. Chiropractic care may help in the treatment of earaches, bedwetting, ADHD, learning disabilities, colic, reflux, constipation, etc. Chiropractic care can take great care of mom throughout pregnancy to keep her out of pain and really prepare for a successful delivery. If the baby is in the breech position, the Chiropractic Webster Technique can encourage the baby to change to the proper head down position so that mom can continue with a natural delivery as opposed to cesarean section. Chiropractic care is for people of all ages and anyone with a spine. Regular Chiropractic adjustments throughout lifetime have been shown to improve the immune system, slow and even stop the progression of disease and illness, and help you to perform optimally and to your best potential.

This show was recorded on Monday, October 21st 2013 when Dr. Kelly Baltuska, DC was a guest speaker on the VoiceAmerica Internet Radio on the Health and Wellness Channel on the Show “Be Fit… For Life” with Host Chad Austin.

Listen to Dr. Baltuska discuss the goals of chiropractic care

On October 21, I was able to chat with Chad Austin on his Internet radio show, “Be Fit…For Life.” In this excerpt of that interview, I go into some detail about the goals of chiropractic adjustments. Enjoy.


What are the goals of a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments seek to allow the Central Nervous System to function at a greater potential, allowing natural healing to take place. Chiropractors spend many years studying human anatomy and physiology to learn what the body needs to function as it was intended to. The Brain and Spinal Cord together make up the Central Nervous System. This CNS is housed and protected by the Skull and the 24 bones of the Vertebral Column. Each Vertebral segment, one upon another, should be able to flex, extend, laterally flex, and rotate. It is a Chiropractors main concern to palpate the patient’s full spine to find areas of restriction that might be causing pain and inflammation which can inhibit the expression of the CNS through the canal between 2 consecutive vertebrae. This Intervertebral Foramen is the tunnel created by 2 vertebrae. Tiny nerve roots pass through this tunnel bilaterally along the entire spinal column. The nerves continue running throughout the whole body and are responsible for the control and coordination of every body system including: the Cardiovascular, Hormonal, Reproductive, Circulatory, Gastrointestinal, Lymphatic, Nervous, Respiratory, Digestive, Immune and Musculoskeletal systems. By imparting a high-velocity, low amplitude thrust with the hands, a Chiropractor seeks to restore the joint range of motion of each vertebral restriction, to decrease pain and inflammation and allow the CNS to function to a greater potential, so that natural healing may take place.