Här kommer en text skriven av den amerikanska kiropraktorn Kathy Dooley som tar upp hennes tankar om krypning.

Crawling is a helpful activity to engage anatomy that can first stabilize you, then mobilize you. Before you start your journey back to crawling, please remember this: the baby version of you spent the first four months earning the right to do it. You may need to earn back intrinsic trunk stability with the same breathing drills Baby You did back then. After the trunk is stable, Baby You then primed your hips, rocking them back and forth.

Baby You knew how to do it without being taught. But you didn’t do it before your joints were backed up with perfectly equilibrated stability points. Your anterior and posterior functional slings worked in unison on a stable trunk. Then, you were hard to catch. Baby You moved like lightning! Then, you were stuck behind a desk for 12 years of schooling. Add potentially decades to that if you have a desk job. So, jumping right into quadruped ambulation may not go well.People who crawl after years in absentia end up with joint pain. Remember: Baby You used perfect stability points on a stable trunk that Adult You currently may be missing. Crunches don’t do it, no matter how many you do.

Baby You didn’t do crunches. Trunk stability will have to be earned back like Baby You earned it. Learn to breathe again, as you did at 4 months. This build-up of intraabdominal stability with breathing allows the limbs to move and coordinate freely without stability impediments. Muscles like the diaphragm, pelvic floor, transversus abdominis, quadratus lumborum, and the obliques help you breathe and also stabilize the trunk to prepare for movement. Then, you place equal force across your mass on the opposing limbs. Yes, crawling will be painful in your back if you don’t have trunk stability. Earn that back. Those aforementioned muscles must time correctly to protect your back. Yes, crawling will be painful in wrist or toe joints if you have not earned back mobility and stability in those joints. Remember: Baby You only moved forward when ready. And Baby You never loaded the wrist more than the foot (or vice versa) to compensate for a lack of mobility or stability in the opposing limb. Baby You knew how ineffective that would be in the long haul. Adult You could stand to move more like Baby You. If you want to build some incredibly stable joints and a well-functioning trunk, make a return to crawling.

As always, it’s your crawl – er, call.

– Dr. Kathy Dooley