Physical Therapy

white rectangleWhat is Pediatric Physical Therapy and how can it help my family?

Pediatric Physical Therapy is designed to provide support and services for children of all ages (birth to 21) and is aimed at developing, restoring, remediating and improving a child’s functional independence, foundational skills, motor development and mobility.  PT promotes health and fitness for children of all ages and strives to ensure that a child is able to navigate throughout their environment in the most function and independent way possible.

What will my child be working on in Physical Therapy?

Pediatric physical therapists may use evidence-based practice to provide any of the following services as part of their plan of care:

  • Developmental activities
  • Movement and mobility
  • Strengthening
  • Motor learning
  • Balance and coordination
  • Recreation, play, and leisure
  • Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
  • Equipment design, fabrication, and fitting
  • Tone management
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Posture, positioning, and lifting
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Cardiopulmonary endurance
  • Safety, health promotion, and prevention programs

Some of the treatment techniques include:

  • Peripheral neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT)
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Neuromuscular rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Balance and coordination exercises
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Yoga and breath-work