Physical Therapy

Physical therapy assists in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and developmental disorders that affect the muscles, bones, and joints. Treatments focus on improving gross motor skills (large muscle movements), balance and coordination, posture, strength and endurance, as well as cognitive skills.


Physical therapists might:

  • Help kids with developmental delays such as Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Help babies whose neck muscles are tight from in utero positioning (born with torticollis)
  • Help children learn to sit, crawl, and walk (i.e., born with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, etc.)
  • Help children with fitting for braces, wheelchairs, and other adaptive equipment

  

Treatment emphasis:

  • Bone and joint articulation
  • Development of proper alignment
  • Enabling control for the pediatric patient
  • Functional Strengthening
  • Neurodevelopmental
  • Post surgical pain relief
  • Sport injury rehabilitation


Treatment approaches/modalities include:

  • CranioSacral
  • Casting for Dynamic Ankle/foot orthosis (D.A.F.O.'s)
  • Dynamic Taping
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Joint mobilization
  • Muscle re-education
  • Myofascial release
  • Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Paraffin bath
  • Treadmill gait training