How does a Physiotherapist help child development?

28 Feb, 2022

Infants and school-aged children need physiotherapy as much as adults do. However, most people believe that children are naturally resilient and recover faster after injuries than adults. It’s essential to understand that growth causes different stresses on children’s musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Therefore, physiotherapists have a significant contribution to a child’s developmental milestones.

Common conditions that require Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists work with children with underlying conditions such as:

  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Spina Bifida.
  • Down Syndrome.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Gross motor delay.
  • Developmental delays.
  • Orthopedic disorder.
  • Head injuries.
  • Acute trauma.

It’s time to reach out to a pediatric physiotherapist near you if your child shows signs of the above conditions. At Gen Physio, we have highly skilled physiotherapists who will visit you at a time and location that suits you best. What’s better is that our mobile physiotherapy services are individualised to guarantee rapid results.

How can a Physiotherapist help your child?

A physiotherapist can use various treatment methods to help enhance the gross motor skills needed to complete daily activities. You will notice an improvement in:

  • Developmental activities like walking.
  • Safety and prevention.
  • Flexibility.
  • Balance and coordination.
  • Circulation around injuries.

The physiotherapist will measure your child’s strength and flexibility and evaluate how they run or walk. They will also point out possible problems and provide instructions on safety and prevention.

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Physiotherapy and sport injuries

Sports can be great for a child’s social and physical development. However, some sports can cause severe injuries. When your child sustains injuries during a sporting activity, a physiotherapist can help them recover and reduce the chances of future injuries.

The physiotherapist will work to improve movement and reduce pain to enable your child to resume daily activities. Apart from helping your child regain strength, the therapist will provide details on how to  prevent similar injuries in the future.

Safety considerations

Pediatric physiotherapy is all about keeping your child safe, but it may come with several risks like any form of treatment. For example, your child may raise concerns that they are not as comfortable as they were previously.

It’s worth noting that it is normal to feel uncomfortable after active sessions. However, a physiotherapist from Gen Physio can help your child recover from unusual pain. They will check whether certain activities during the therapy sessions make injuries worse.

If your child is passionate about improving, they may overdo the prescribed exercises at home. Our therapists will offer instructions on how frequently your child should do the exercises. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that your child follows the instructions.

Contact the Gen Physio to schedule a home visit service

Whether you need physiotherapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietetics or podiatry, Gen Physio can help. You don’t have to leave your home or office since our clinicians will come to you. Contact us today to learn more about our  mobile physiotherapy services.

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