Paediatric physiotherapy, otherwise known as child physiotherapy, is considered to be one of the most effective forms of rehabilitative treatments for babies and children who need assistance with balance, muscle control, milestones and much more.
Faye Pattison Physiotherapy are here to help your child every step of the way. Our paediatric team believe in making physiotherapy treatments fun and interactive, to help each individual reach their maximum potential.
Our specialist Paediatric Physiotherapists are here to care for and promote the health and wellbeing of your children from babies (from birth) to young teens.
At Faye Pattison Physiotherapy, our Chelmsford based Paediatric Physiotherapists have the additional knowledge and expertise for the treatment and care of babies, children and young teens from birth to 14 years old. Our Paediatric physiotherapists promote the health and wellbeing of children; dealing with child development and specific childhood disabilities.
Depending on your problem or injury, your physiotherapist may recommend various specialists within our practice, or refer you to a more suitable specialist outside our clinic if deemed necessary. Our in-house team includes soft tissue therapists, massage therapists, nutritional therapists, woman’s health specialists, sports massage therapists and biomechanical specialists (who prescribe custom orthotics) who are all available to compliment the individual needs of our clients.
What to Expect in A Child Physiotherapist Session
On your initial assessment with our specially trained and friendly therapist, we will ask you several questions about your child, their development and your current concerns. Following this, your therapist will carry out a physical examination. Depending on the age of your child, this is often by observing how your child plays and moves. From this, your therapist will analyse the assessment findings and provide you with recommendations and a plan. It is often necessary for the child/young person to be undressed for a physical examination; you may wish to bring shorts and a vest. Your therapist will use a variety of informal and formal assessment tools depending on how your child presents and the specific reason you are seeking our expertise.
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Below is an example of some of the conditions that we have treated at our clinic but not limited to so please feel free to contact the clinic if you have any questions or want to discuss if Paediatric Physiotherapy could help your child.
How to Know If Your Child Needs Physiotherapy
A Paediatric physiotherapist will recommend physical therapy for a child if they:
- Fail to meet developmental milestones during the first year of their life
- Favour one side of the body and/or tilt their head to one side only
- Have poor posture
- Have been diagnosed with neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy or torticollis
- Have floppy and/or stiff muscle tone
- Have excessive or limited joint mobility
- Have difficulties with balance and coordination
Whilst these are common signs to look out for, it’s important that you speak to a baby physiotherapist in Chelmsford at our Clinic if you have any questions or concerns about your little one. A physiotherapist at Faye Pattison Physiotherapy will be able to carry out a series of non-invasive tests to form a physiotherapy plan that will help to develop their movement.
What Kind of Exercises and Tasks Happen in Child Physio?
The exercises and tasks that take place in a child and baby physio session will depend on their age, disorder or disability. The following common exercises that we may add to a bespoke physiotherapy plan can include:
- Exercise ball training for crawling development and strength support
- Gentle massaging, muscle kneading and stretching
- Head control exercises
- Head control exercises
- Adaptive equipment training
- Hot and cold compression on the affected joints and muscles
- Assisted flexibility and balance exercises
How Will My Child Benefit from Paediatric Physiotherapy?
There are a multitude of reasons as to why you child may be experience developmental delay, such as injury to the brain or an orthopaedic or neurological problem. Depending on the individual, they may be having problems with their posture, mobility, walking, balance and function.
Our team of friendly and caring child physiotherapists will be on hand to train the large muscles in the body, helping to increase strength in the legs, arms and core. Our gentle exercises will also help to increase body control and help to develop better coordination, strength, balance and flexibility in joints and muscles.