For your child it’s no therapy, it’s a session full of fun and age appropriate games!

The treatment modalities I use are evidence based, and when there is no scientific evidence, I follow best practice. The treatment may involve soft tissue massage, mobilisation, stretching, specific therapeutic exercises and posture education. It includes a combination of hands-on techniques and exercises that are meant to increase range of motion, strength, coordination, balance, and functional skills. Because children are not small adults I encourage children to move to the best of their abilities through play and age appropriate fun and instruction

There are different types of Paediatric Physiotherapy

Development Pediatric Physiotherapy: the aim is to promote a child’s independence and ability to reach milestones. Treatment will be specific to a child’s needs, age and abilities and fun games and activities will be used to help stimulate normal physical development. A close collaboration with you as a parents, carers and teachers is needed to help understand the child’s needs and how they can help increase the child’s abilities and skills.

The benefits of physiotherapy are:

  • Achievement of physical milestones such as sitting, crawling and walking
  • Improve fine motor skills like using scissors and handwriting
  • Improved independence in activities of daily living
  • Improved posture, muscle strength, balance and coordination
  • Improved confidence                                                                                                                                              

Neurological Paediatric Physiotherapy: physiotherapy treatment will maximise the child’s potential and promote physical development to reach specific goals such as crawling or walking. The treatment commonly uses exercises in conjunction with hands-on treatment to facilitate development. The treatment is very individually focused and will vary from child to child.

Treatment may include:

  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Re-educating normal movement patterns
  • Balance training
  • Improving standing and quality of walking
  • Advice and support for parents and or teachers
  • Milestone development
  • Working on fine and gross motor skills
  • Neurodevelopment Treatment (NDT)
  • Guidance on assistive devices                                                                                                                  

Respiratory Paediatric Physiotherapy: in complex or chronic conditions a child may benefit from physiotherapy to assist in secretion management and maintain clear airways.

The treatment may include:

  • Positioning advice to aid drainage of secretions and improve breathing control
  • Lung clearance techniques such as percussion or vibrations
  • Breathing exercises to reduce shortness of breath and support in the removal of secretions
  • Advice to children and parents regarding long term management of chronic conditions
  • Advice regarding inhaler techniques
  • Exercises to improve overall fitness
  • Liaison with parents and carers on overall management e.g. carrying out chest physiotherapy at home, how to recognise signs of respiratory distress etc.

Learning Difficulties Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy treatment is aimed at maximising the potential of the child and improving functional abilities. Treatment will mainly consist of exercises combined with manual techniques. Due to the varying nature of learning difficulties, treatment is very individually focused but often components of sensory integration therapy will be included.

Musculoskeletal Paediatric Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy treatments can reduce pain and decrease the healing time of the condition or injurie so that the child can recover and return to normal function as quickly as possible. Due to the varying nature of musculoskeletal problems there are many different treatments, so the appropriate treatments for each child will be specifically developed.

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