How Physiotherapy can help children?

30 Nov, 2020

Paediatric physiotherapists work with children as young as infants through adolescence to help improve their development, gross motor skills and functional independence.

Physiotherapy can help children to improve their function using methods such as exercise, play, adaptive equipment and education, and commonly work alongside other therapies such as Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology to optimise the outcome of treatment. Children may also benefit from physiotherapy intervention to assess and treat an acute or chronic injury or if they are returning to sport. Paediatric physiotherapy is unique as children are different from an anatomical, physiological and psychological perspective, and are not simply ‘small adults’.

Common Disorders/Diseases Physiotherapists can often help children with:

  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Global Developmental Delays
  • Spina Bifida
  • Neuromuscular disorders such as Muscular Dystrophy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Hypotonia
  • Gait Abnormalities (such as toe-walking)
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Torticollis/Plagiocephaly
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Physiotherapy Interventions

Interventions target achievement of developmental milestones through exercise, passive/active stretching, strengthening, functional movement training, motor learning and all this with integrating play in therapy. Physiotherapy can help children specifically by helping the child develop their fine and gross motor skills. These interventions are targeted to reach the goals made by the child and parent so that the child benefits both physically, psychologically and socially so that they can participate at home, within the school and the community.

When to book in one of our Physiotherapist’s?

You should think of booking a Physiotherapy session when a child is not reaching their developmental milestones. The milestones for gross and fine motor skills for each age are listed below:

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Article written by Jenny Reyes & Natalie Uren

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