We focus on the treatment of all children, including those with neurological, genetic, musuclar, physical, developmental and coordination conditions or concerns, so that they are able to use their bodies to the best of their abilities, in order to live full, fun and functional lives. We aim to improve their skills and prevent possible future conditions through patient and family centered education and treatment.
We work with an variety of different health professionals at our various venues, and enjoy a close relationship with them and many others. This allows for ease of communication, brain-storming and planning treatment programmes to give your child the care she needs across all areas of development.
Our therapists are not solely concerned with the current problem you and your child may be facing, but are invested in the long term health and development of all children. We believe that prevention of future injuries, imbalances and pain is vital, and strive to help you understand these long term goals through education, ongoing support and regular follow up sessions.
Paediatric physiotherapists are trained to understand and treat a wide range of childhood conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal to cardiorespiratory and neurological problems. Children learn through play, thus, activities are designed to make therapy fun. Treatment is evidence-based and committed to optimising a child’s movement, which is achieved by gaining the best muscle and joint function available in the growing body. Physiotherapists work to achieve correct skeletal modelling, muscle activation, muscle balance, joint position and overall alignment or posture.
Most children develop in a typical manner. When they move or play, they automatically develop their senses and motor skills. However, in some children, their development is delayed or follows an atypical pattern for various reasons. These children would require additional assistance to develop the correct muscle usage and therefore appropriate motor milestones.
Children are not just small adults. Along with anatomical, physiological and psychological differences they are also growing very fast, meaning timely intervention is essential to ensure the best possible outcome. The way a child uses their muscles will have a direct effect on their growing skeleton and therefore, muscles working ineffectively or in an imbalanced manner will change the shape and alignment of the bones as growth occurs. This is known as the modelling and alignment of the bones and may have long term consequences such as poor posture, back pain or repetitive injuries to name a few.
When a child fails to achieve a milestone it can affect the remaining milestones as well as movement patterns later on in life. Milestones can often be achieved with treatment and specific play exercises that are designed around the child’s specific developmental needs.
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