Pediatric Physiotherapy Requires a Combination of Knowledge & Skills.
Our pediatric physiotherapists are specifically trained and have years of experience to identify and treat a wide variety of pediatric conditions.
Have you noticed if your newborn baby has developed a flat side to their head? Does he or she favour turning their head to one side? Is there a tilt to their head and neck position? Although a cause for concern, these are treatable conditions and are some of the most common conditions we treat:
- infant head shape problems such as plagiocephaly (where there is a flat area on the head)
- tight neck muscles known as torticollis
How Pediatric Physiotherapy Helps Plagiocephaly
Early intervention of physiotherapy is critical and can correct the shape of the baby’s head and restore the movement of their neck back to normal. Our pediatric physiotherapists provide:
- Gentle hands-on treatment to your baby’s neck muscles
- Easy to follow instructions for parents to continue proper positioning and stretching at home
- Communication with other specialists if more involved correction of the head shape is required, such as the use of corrective helmets.
If your baby or toddler has been diagnosed with a specific condition, or you are concerned about their developmental patterns, a pediatric physiotherapist is a very important person on your child’s team.
Physiotherapy Screens & Treats a Variety of Conditions
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Seizure disorders
- Muscular dystrophy
- Toe walking
- Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
- Motor challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Bring Your Child To Our Physiotherapists
We have the skills and experience needed to treat your child.
What to Expect During Pediatric Physiotherapy Sessions
Pediatric physiotherapy is similar to adult physiotherapy. The big exception is that the parents are involved in the treatment sessions. We only ask the children to do what they can tolerate, and to make it seem like they are not even “working” during the treatment.
We want it to be fun for them to learn new skills and achieve the milestones that seemed elusive to them before physiotherapy came into play. And that’s what we do – play! Play-based physical movements is a key method of engaging babies and toddlers in a meaningful physiotherapy session.
An important aspect of pediatric physiotherapy is teaching families how to guide their babies and toddlers through play-based physical movements and tasks in order to ensure that developmental milestones are achieved.
If your baby does not appear to be meeting milestones at the same time as his/her peers, our physiotherapists can readily assess whether or not there is any cause for concern and provide you with strategies to promote their development at home.
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