What does a Paediatric Physiotherapist do?
Paediatric Physiotherapists are movement specialists for babies, children and adolescents. It is a clinical area of physiotherapy that aims to improve a child’s movement abilities through the use of methods such as movement training, strengthening, exercise, stretching, intensive therapy programmes, adapted equipment, motor learning and play as well as education.
Helping children with physiotherapy is quite different to helping adults, from an anatomical, physiological and psychological point of view. At Therapies for Kids we believe that to treat children effectively, all these issues need to be considered. Our Paediatric Physiotherapists are highly skilled professionals, who use the latest assessment tools and interventions to devise quality programmes to meet your child’s goals. We believe that we can assist with any problem, small or large!
Our physiotherapists possess over 80 years combined experience helping children remain motivated and positive towards their physiotherapy and have found this to be an essential ingredient in their progress. Therapies for Kids is committed to early intervention programmes and post surgical intervention support to provide positive outcomes long term.
How can Physiotherapy help your child?
A Paediatric Physiotherapist offers early intervention for children who may have neurological and developmental delays as well as sensory impairments related to hearing and vision. Physiotherapy also helps children with biomechanical, positional and sports injuries. Some children may present with multiple issues that can be helped by seeing a Paediatric Physiotherapist.
Some examples of common concerns that parents may have include:
- Premature babies (<36 weeks gestational age) or low birth weight babies (<1500g)
- Newborn babies having difficulty turning their heads
- Newborn babies not tolerating tummy time
- Babies having flat spots on the back or side of their heads, especially after 7 weeks old
- Babies who have difficulty with rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
- Toddlers with pigeon toes, bow legs, in-rolling ankles, knock knees.
- Children who have difficulties with coordination, balance, walking and running
- Frequent falls, poor balance and coordination
- Children and teenagers who have any sports related injuries
- Children with poor posture or children who complain of frequent muscular pain
“Please see the attached list (on the right) of common conditions we help at Therapies for Kids.”
Some contributing factors to delayed or poor quality motor development are:
- low muscle tone/strength/endurance
- poor or under-developed coordination
- poor or under-developed balance
- poor or under-developed core/trunk stability
- less than ideal body/joint mechanics or alignment
- communication challenges
- sensory challenges
- injury – this can include injuries to the musculoskeletal system (i.e. sports injuries) or the neurological system (i.e. traumatic brain injury)
- the environment.
Please see our Gross Motor Milestones page if you are concerned that your child may be having difficulties in Gross Motor development. Other conditions are described in detail in our “Physiotherapy Helps” pages listed in the column on the right side of this page.
If you have further questions regarding anything your child and physiotherapy, whether it’s physiotherapy for babies, disabled children or anything else, please contact us.