Increasing Quality of Life in Hypotonic Children through Structured Physical Exercise
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Hypotonicity, or low muscle tone, is a symptom associated with a multitude of different pediatric neurologic diseases such as: muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy, and Tay-Sachs disease. Low muscle tone has varying degrees of severity, but most cases involve poor motor coordination, postural issues, and rapid fatigue during physical exercise and fine motor movements. Although most of the diseases that cause hypotonicity have no cure, the physical deficits can be diminished through physical and occupational therapy. Physical therapy with a professional therapist can be very beneficial for children with hypotonia, but due to financial and time constraints, it can also be difficult for families to provide this service for their child on a long-term basis. This exercise plan provides an alternative to professional-led physical therapy in the form of an interactive long-term home exercise routine. This routine is designed for a parent or guardian's hypotonic child to continually increase muscle strength without having to frequently visit the physical therapist.