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A little advice from a physiotherapist - a "Physio check" (assessment) for your baby or child may simply help to put your mind at rest.

WHAT IS PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY?

 

Paediatric physiotherapists have a special affinity for children and help children to achieve their optimal physical development. Because Children are not small adults these therapists encourage children to move to the best of their abilities through play and age appropriate fun and instruction. Paediatric physiotherapists are chartered physiotherapists who are qualified to the highest standard and are governed by a professional code of practice. All chartered paediatric physiotherapists are highly skilled and experienced in the assessment and treatment of children.

 

You can check if a Physiotherapist has additional Paediatric qualifications or is a Paediatric specialist by visiting the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website: Physio2U. M Bill Physiotherapy has a Specialist in Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy with over 22 years paediatric experience and qualifications as an Extended Scope Practitioner, nationally and internationally.

 

Paediatric physiotherapy is holistic in nature treating the whole child, not just the body in isolation. Following an initial assessment of the child's general development and specific physical difficulty, the therapist will discuss with the parent the immediate and long term requirements and make a plan for appropriate treatment.

 

A paediatric physiotherapist has basic physiotherapy training but then specialises in the knowledge of movement, development and conditions that are likely to affect the baby and growing child. Paediatric therapists treat from 1-day-old babies to adolescents.

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Treatment may involve soft tissue massage, mobilisation, stretching, specific therapeutic exercises and posture education.  Performed gently and without pain, physiotherapy can be a great deal of fun for both the child and the carers/parents.

 

Whatever techniques are used in therapy, enthusiastic parental involvement at home is essential for optimal long-term results.

 

The paediatric physiotherapist can be both a guide and support. They give advice on how to include regular massage, play and other exercises into a child's daily life, aiming to enhance their overall well-being and quality of life. They also offer suggestions on appropriate footwear, toys, home and school furniture and where necessary special equipment.

 

Early intervention is vital and many problems which may only become increasingly apparent as your child grows up can be effectively minimised or prevented by starting treatment early, even as early as during their baby years.

WHAT IS A PAEDIATRIC (CHILDREN'S) PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

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An Orthopaedic Children's specialist is one who has decided to further specialise in the area of bone, joints, muscles and nerves rather than work with problems related to neuromuscular development or the respiratory (lungs) system.

 

WHO CAN THEY PROVIDE ADVICE TO?

 

They can advise parents, carers, educational and health services teams on the child's needs in relation to their musculoskeletal condition.  

 

WHICH CHILDHOOD CONDITIONS CAN BE HELPED BY AN ORTHOPAEDIC PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

 

The list is endless but includes the bones, Joints, Muscles and Nervous System

For example; growing pains, recurrent dislocations, back and knee pain and sporting injuries.  Generally sports or traumatic injuries on a child are managed differently to similar injuries seen on an adult. Healing times and mechanical forces vary throughout each stage of a child's development.

 

                         * Growing pains
                         * Sports Injuries
                         * Whiplash Associated Injuries
                         * Muscles, Tendons & Ligament Injuries
                         * Postural Problems
                         * Post-op & Injury Rehabilitation
                         * Post-op & Injury Mobility Problems
                         * Poor Balance
                         * Muscle Imbalance

 

Examples of different physiotherapy interventions

         Specific exercises to be incorporated into daily living activities at home or at school.   These are often designed as games or play activities

         General / condition specific advice

         Short intensive clinic based exercises

         Gait / movement analysis and recommendations

         Specific aid provision  

MCSP, BSc Hons Physiol. Reg with Health Professions Council and CSP member. CRB Approved

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