Pediatric Therapy

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What is Pediatric Therapy?

Most when they think of a Physical Therapist, they only work with athletes and adults in recovery. 

But, there are Pediatrics Physical Therapists who specialize in working with newborns to teenagers. Pediatric Physical Therapists work with childhood conditions that limit their ability to function in daily life and move. 

What do they do?

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

With the goal of enabling them 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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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 nerve
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Heart conditions
  • Foot disorders
  • Birth trauma
  • Injuries to joints, muscles, and tendons
  • Often work with children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder.

Physical and Developmental Disabilities

A pediatric clinic will focus on increasing strength, flexibility, balance coordination, increasing 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 then a pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapist can help.

This condition most of the time occurs because the muscles in the pelvic floor are not working properly with the muscles of bladder and bowel.

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 kids physio who specializes in pelvic health can help get all the muscles that make up their 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 like:

  • If they are falling  behind on sitting, crawling, rolling, and other gross motor skills.
  • 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 by birth.
  • Spinal Muscle Atrophy, Down Syndrome, and other conditions. 
  • Flattening of the head on one side or back of the head.

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). It 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 can help:

  • Develop new motor skills or improve existing ones.
  • Strengthening affected limbs and core 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 include

  • Sitting
  • Jumping
  • Throwing
  • kicking
  • Lifting (spoon, hairbrush, etc)
  • Standing
  • Running

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

Some exercises they can have them do include:

  • Play on a large exercise ball to build up their strength.
  • Run and hopping activities to improve their coordination.
  • Improve 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 near you just use the search box on this page to find a top rated clinic near you. They all offer a free 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)

Frequently Asked Questions

Physiotherapists are medical professionals that specialize in conditions or injuries that impact normal movement. They undergo the same length of education as a Doctor.

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 with stretching and strengthening their muscles.  Plus allowing them to move and function at the best of their ability.

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Pediatric therapy is one of several possible methods for relieving pain that do not rely on prescription medications and all the side effects and baggage they come with. Not to mention that most drugs can only mask pain, but rarely address root causes. Find a clinic if you are suffering from muscle tightness, soreness, or pain to improve your quality of life, today.