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 programs, 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. Therapies for Kids is committed to early intervention programmes and post 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 ( Newborn babies having difficulty turning their heads
  • Newborn babies not tolerating tummy time
  • Newborn babies having flat spots on the back or side of their heads, especially after 7 weeks old
  • Babies and toddlers 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

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