Pediatric Therapy

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What is Pediatric Therapy?

When most think of a Physical Therapist, they mostly only think of therapists who work with athletes and adults in recovery. 

But, there are Pediatric Physical Therapists who specialize in working with newborns, children and teenagers. Pediatric Physical Therapists work with childhood conditions that limit children’s abilities to function in daily life and move. 

What do they do?

Pediatric physiotherapy (a.k.a pediatric physical therapy) focuses on helping kids achieve their optimal physical development by improving their range of motion, strength, movement patterns, and flexibility.

The ultimate goal of this is to enable children to move their bodies to the best of their abilities and make daily activities easier.

The Ultimate Guide To Pediatric Therapy

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This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether pediatric therapy is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a therapist on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation, this session is only to find out if pediatric therapy can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

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If you’re like most you don’t want to wait days or weeks to get treated for your pain. And you don’t want to have to spend your time calling nearby clinics to find the one who can see you the fastest.

That’s where PainHero comes In – Canada’s largest network of physiotherapists, chiropractors, and registered massage therapists. 

Our Platform is used by clinics where they post their open appointment times. So you can quickly compare availability and wait times for clinics near you without having to pick up the phone. Then book an appointment within seconds and even see someone that day if you want. So you can get back to doing the things you love faster.

Plus unlike other sites who let anyone on or just rely on google reviews. We hand pick clinics based on a 50-point inspection, which includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence.

Why PainHero?

Improve the way your body moves so you can continue to do the things you love. PainHero is Canada’s largest network of physiotherapists, chiropractors, and registered massage therapists. Our mission is to make it easy for you to find the top clinics in your community. We handpick the top clinics using our 50 point inspection based on patient reviews, complaints, and patient outcomes. 

Whether you’re seeking pain relief or preventative care, you can expect our patient-centric approach to be new and different from any healthcare experience you’ve had before. Perhaps even life-changing.  

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The Ultimate Guide To Pediatric Therapy

What Do Pediatric Physiotherapists Treat?

They can treat and evaluate a broad range of pediatric conditions and injuries such as:

  • Gross motor and movement problems
  • Vehicle accidents and injuries
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Sports injuries and concussions
  • Brain, spinal cord and injuries to the nerves
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Heart conditions
  • Foot disorders
  • Birth trauma
  • Injuries to joints, muscles, and tendons
  • They also often work with children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder.

Physical and Developmental Disabilities

A pediatric therapist will focus on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, mobility, motor planning and other gross motor skills.

Common conditions they work with include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Global Development Delay
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Genetic conditions such as Kabuki Syndrome, Charge Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome.
  • And more

Cephalocaudal development courtesy of On the Ball Pediatric Physio and Occupational Therapy (Read the caption)

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Pediatric Pelvic Health

If your child has a lack of control of their bowel or bladder function, then a pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapist can help.

This condition often occurs because the muscles in the pelvic floor are not working properly. This can lead to a variety of pelvic floor conditions like:

  • Bed wetting
  • Constipation – constipation can put increased pressure on the bladder which can contribute to urine and fecal leaks.
  • Overactive bladder – needing to urinate frequently
  • Leaking of urine when laughing, jumping, sneezing, and sports.
  • Difficulty urinating completely

A pediatric physio who specializes in pelvic health can help get all the muscles that make up the pelvic floor functioning correctly with the bladder and bowel.

10 simple balance activities for kids courtesy of On the Ball Pediatric Physio and Occupational Therapy (Read the caption)

Common Injuries Successfully Treated with Pediatric Therapy

Why Would A Baby Need Physiotherapy?

Babies can require physiotherapy for a variety of reasons such as:

  • If they are falling behind on sitting, crawling, rolling, and other gross motor milestones.
  • Torticollis, which causes twisting of the neck where the baby’s head is tilted at an odd angle.
  • Injuries to the nerves in the neck that were caused during birth.
  • Spinal Muscle Atrophy, Down Syndrome, and other conditions.

Physiotherapy fun courtesy of All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre

How Does a Physiotherapist Help a Child With Cerebral Palsy?

Physiotherapy plays an important part in supporting kids with Cerebral palsy (CP). PT can help manage cerebral palsy symptoms that are related to balance, posture, and movement.  Physiotherapy can prevent movement patterns from getting worse over time and improve motor skills. This helps a child be more independent with daily activities.

Also, it can help:

  • Develop new motor skills or improve existing ones.
  • Strength affected limbs and core muscles that are important for moving properly.
  • Reduce pain
  • Help with participation in sports and leisure activities.

What Will My Child Do During The Physical Therapy Session?

The pediatric therapy session will have them do fun activities that help improve their gross motor skills which involve large muscles in our torso, legs and arms.

These gross motor skills include:

  • Sitting
  • Jumping
  • Throwing
  • Kicking
  • Lifting
  • Standing
  • Running

The Physiotherapist will improve your child’s gross motor skills while also working on their hand-eye coordination, balance, coordination. Their exercises will strengthen the neural pathways in their brain that enable these movements.

Some exercises they may have them complete include:

  • Playing on a large exercise ball to build up their strength.
  • Running and hopping activities to improve their coordination.
  • Improving balance by standing on one foot and balancing on a beam.

Looking For a Pediatric Clinic Near Me

If you’re looking for a pediatric physiotherapist, just use the search box on this page to find a top rated clinic near you. They all offer a consultation to see if your child would benefit from this type of therapy and answer any questions you may have.

Benefits of Pediatric Massage courtesy of Blueberry Therapy Pelvic Health and Pediatrics (Read the caption)

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. Physiotherapists are medical professionals that specialize in conditions or injuries that impact normal movement.

A Physiotherapist can help autisic children by developing their physical and motor skills. They do this through a customized exercise program designed to strengthen their muscles and improve how they move. 

A Physiotherapist can work with a child with a disability by helping improve mobility and strength with stretching and strengthening exercises. This allows them to move and function at the best of their ability.

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About Taylor Sipos

Taylor is a physiotherapist at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic located in Toronto, Ontario. He treats patients with various musculoskeletal conditions using patient education, exercise therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture. His treatment philosophy involves giving his patient’s the means to self-manage their injuries. He does this through reassurance, education and health promotion. Taylor uses the same principles as a patient educator at Pain Hero. He aims to provide you with high-quality, easy to understand information to teach you about your condition and how to improve it.