Paediatric physiotherapy Lurgan
Paediatric physiotherapy is a specialised form of physiotherapy that treats children of all ages from new born babies to young adults. Paediatric physiotherapists are specifically trained to improve the lives and daily function of children who suffer from a wide range of injuries and congenital conditions. Paediatric therapists work with children and their families to assist in reaching their maximum potential, function independently and promote active participation at home, in school, and in the community. Paediatric patients range from infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to teenage competitive athletes, to young adults with ongoing childhood disorders.
Age appropriate, individualised therapy can make a massive difference to children who are having difficulties. Paediatric physiotherapy can assist babies and toddlers who are not meeting developmental milestones such as sitting unaided, crawling and walking. Children with neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy will often need a large amount of physiotherapy to assist with moving, stretching out limbs and improving their quality of life. Children with sports injuries or muscluloskeletal pain can benefit from seeing a paeditric specialist, who has an in-depth knowledge of child-specific conditions and treatments.
Paediatric Physiotherapy Lurgan
Why should you see a specialist paediatric physiotherapist
Children are not just little adults! Growing bodies require different interventions and treatments than adults. Children also suffer different conditions than adults. Consulting a specialist who can appropriately diagnose and treat your child will ensure your child receives the best, most appropriate and effective care.
Children, particularly young children, often don’t understand why they are in therapy. Play, family involvement, and one-on-one care are exclusive to the psediatric therapists’ care of children. Fun and motivational factors are incorporated into functional activities to make therapy enjoyable for the child.
How to know if you should see a specialist
If you are concerned at all about your child’s development or well-being, it is always advisable to seek professional help. Some questions to consider include:
- Is your child meeting their developmental milestones?
- Are you concerned that your baby is not crawling or walking yet?
- Does your baby struggle with tummy time?
- Does your child seem clumsy when walking and running?
- Is your child complaining about pain
- Is your child more stiff or floppy than normal?
- Are you worried about your child’s posture?
The benefits of Paediatric Physiotherapy
Help treat medical issues
Caring for a child with medical issues that limits their movement and motor skills can be hard. Paediatric Physiotherapy is a great way to help your child deal with these issues, maximise their potential, and prevent secondary complications.
Improve balance and reflexes
Paediatric physiotherapy is great for helping children gain strength and improve their balance. For example, therapy can help them develop the proper muscular and coordinational responses to balance, as well as develop the correct protective responses to falling.
Treatment through play and fun
Going to see a doctor or therapist isn’t exactly fun and it’s easy for children to get bored. That’s why a specialist therapist is experienced at using games and exercises to help engage children throughout the process. We understand that
every child is different too. A paediatric specialist will get to know a child’s likes and preferences to ensure he or she is getting the most from the treatment.
Support for parents too
For successful treatment, it’s important that the parent feels supported and empowered. We’re here to give you all the support and insight you need to give your children the best care at home and help them grow to meet their full potential.
Conditions treated include (but not limited to)
- Developmental delay
- Co-ordination difficulties
- Development Co-ordination Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Musculoskeletal pain and injuries, eg sports injuries
- Congenital disorders e.g. Spina Bifida, limb deficiencies
- Learning difficulties
- Neuromuscular disorders e.g. Muscular Dystrophy
- Neurological conditions e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury, Spinal Cord Injury
- Orthopaedic conditions e.g. Talipes, Torticollis, Plagiocephaly
- Rheumatological conditions e.g. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
For any further information or questions, or to book and appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us. Paediatric Physiotherapy Lurgan. You can view our staff by clicking here.