Physiotherapy Treatment for Genetic Disorders
Therapy Stars offers paediatric physiotherapy support to babies, children, and young adults with a wide variety of genetic disorders and rare genetic disorders. Our team of expert Child physiotherapists are here to help you and your child manage their condition and gain an improved quality of life.
If your child’s condition is not listed below, we may still be able to offer physiotherapy treatment for genetic disorders; get in touch with us for more information.
Children’s Genetic Conditions We Treat
Rett Syndrome Therapy
It’s important to maintain a good range of motion in children with Rett Syndrome to help prevent, or delay the onset of physical contractures. At Therapy Stars, we aim to encourage a good range of motion for your child, helping to facilitate good development as they grow.
We support children with Rett Syndrome from birth up to young adulthood, with:
- Maintaining or improving range of motion
- Minimising contractures by stretching the muscles to maintain elasticity
- Maintaining/Improving bone density through regular standing
- Maintaining or improving balance
- Postural management
- Assessing for any appropriate adaptive aids
Down’s Syndrome Physiotherapy
Down’s Syndrome is one of the most common genetic conditions we treat at the clinic, with developmental issues including physical characteristics, health problems and problems with the development of thinking and learning skills. Every child with Down’s Syndrome will be affected differently.
At Therapy Stars we can support children with Down’s syndrome to work towards and reach their developmental milestones.
We support children with Down’s Syndrome from birth up to young adulthood, with:
- Muscle strengthening
- Increasing joint stability and range of motion
- Increasing core stability
- Improving posture
- Normalising muscle tone
- Working towards developmental milestones
Muscular Dystrophy Physiotherapy
Children with Muscular Dystrophy may experience difficulty walking, running, jumping, and standing up. Some may have muscle stiffness, general muscle weakness, back pain, cramps, and general tiredness. In some cases, children with Muscular Dystrophy may also learn to speak later than usual, and may have behavioural or learning difficulties, although this depends on the type of Muscular Dystrophy they have.
At Therapy Stars, we treat children of all ages living with Muscular Dystrophy. As each case is different, we use a range of techniques and treatments to help manage symptoms.
We support children with Muscular Dystrophy from birth up to young adulthood, with:
- Range of motion exercises
- Low-impact exercise to improve stamina and reduce fatigue
- Advice on mechanical supports
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Physiotherapy
Children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy may experience difficulties with physical actions such as moving, walking, and even breathing and swallowing. Whilst there is no cure, Physiotherapy treatments will help to improve your child’s range of movement and posture and improve your child’s overall quality of life.
At Therapy Stars, we support children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy from birth up to young adulthood, with:
- Improving range of motion
- Preventing soft tissue shortening
- Improving posture and positioning
- Maximising respiratory function
- Maintaining muscle strength
- Breathing exercises
- Advice on orthotics and equipment
We also treat:
- Spina Bifida
- Charcot Marie Tooth
This list is not exhaustive; Get in touch with us to discuss your child’s condition, and how we may be able to help.
Treatment for Genetic Disorders
Treatments for genetic disorders will depend on the condition, and its severity, but some common treatments we recommend include:
- Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) therapy – find out more in our DMI Therapy blog
- Whole body vibration machine to help with reducing spasticity, improving muscle strength and balance, and relaxation
- Flexi Bounce Therapy
- Treadmill Therapy
- Hydrotherapy – find out more in our recent blog – ‘What Are the Benefits Of Hydrotherapy For Children?’
- Electrical Stimulation – use of electrodes on muscles to help with sensory feedback, muscle innervation, and timing
- Exercise programmes
- Strength exercises
- Stability and balance exercises
- Postural advice