What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are specialists in movement and how this can be used to participate in everyday life. They take into account the structures and functions of the body which are responsible for the generation of movement, including the muscles, bones and nervous system.
Problems are identified and then addressed with exercise based treatments and can assist with:
• Flat heads, clicky hips, stiff necks or turned in feet
• Poor coordination (clumsy)
• Delayed motor skills (sitting, crawling or walking)
• Excessive flexibility
• Specific diagnoses, such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome or Muscle Disorders
• Rolling in bed
• Standing up from sitting
• Walking
• Running
• Hopping
• Climbing
• Swimming
• Ball skills

Treatment Includes:

• Gait Retraining and analysis of higher level movement patterns
• Balance Practice
• Coordination and fluidity of movement
• Assessment and prescription of support garments – Straps, Second Skin and Theratogs
• Hydrotherapy
• Home exercise programs
• Functional Electrical Stimulation and Biofeedback
• Prescription and supply of orthopaedic footwear – Piedro Boots
• Splinting and casting
• Kinesio Taping
• Prescription of walking aids, standing frames, and sports wheelchairs
• Orthotics and splinting – static and dynamic
• Pain management – stretches, massage, TENS

What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists aim to develop movement skills to achieve an overall improvement in mobility. The outcome of treatment varies depending on the individual child, however, benefits may include:
• Increased strength and endurance
• Improved coordination
• Development of mobility skills such as walking, running, hopping or jumping
• Management of muscle tightness, joint stiffness, contracture and deformity
• Greater ability to move around and explore the environment through walking or equipment
• Enhanced quality of life with greater self-esteem
• Participation in sport and active play activities
• Increased independence