What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?

What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is helpful for treating a number of different conditions, from hypermobility, to developmental delay, chronic arthritis, and cerebral palsy, to name a few. But how does paediatric physiotherapy differ from normal physiotherapy, and how might it help your child? In this article we explore what paediatric physiotherapy is, why a child might need physiotherapy, and more. 

What is Paediatric Physiotherapy? Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment of babies, children and young adults. Paediatric physiotherapists have expert knowledge in understanding child development and growth and can apply their physiotherapy skills to help minimise symptoms of pre-existing conditions, promote recovery from injuries and generally help those who are affected by illness, injury or disability. 

Read on to find out more about what child’s physiotherapy does, what conditions it can treat, and why it is important for a child or young adult diagnosed with an orthopaedic, developmental, genetic, or neurological condition.

What Does a Paediatric Physiotherapist Do?

Paediatric physiotherapists are physiotherapists who specialise and have experience and training to treat babies, children and young adults. All physiotherapists have general physiotherapy training during their degree, and can then specialise in different areas, depending on their interests, experience and developing skills. 

Physiotherapy helps those who have been affected by a large range of conditions to help manage and treat recovery or improve motor skills which have been affected because of an injury, illness or disability. 

Paediatric physiotherapists will solidly understand child development and growth, as this is a major difference between treating adults and children. They know treatment methods that aim to maximise a child’s function and potential, whilst appreciating that childhood is a time for fun. Paediatric physiotherapists try to personalise the sessions for each child to make them both effective and enjoyable!

Why Would a Child Need Paediatric Physiotherapy?

There are a range of reasons why a child would need to have physiotherapy. Physiotherapy ultimately aims to provide benefits that help to improve their overall quality of life, so that they can interact and function through life with more ease. Some of the reasons why a child may look to complete physiotherapy may be:

  • Baby development and milestone checks – if you feel your child has some developmental delay or shows unusual postures/movements
  • Gait abnormalities – if you feel your child does not walk properly
  • Long-term treatment for children with developmental delay diagnosed conditions and/or additional needs
  • Strengthening for pre and post-SDR Rehabilitation 
  • Rehabilitation following an illness, injury or post-surgery
  • Advice and education for parents, families, education staff and carers

Want to find out more about whether your child might benefit from physiotherapy? Check out our recent blog where we discuss all the conditions that can be helped through physiotherapy. Alternatively, book a complimentary call with a member of our friendly team to discuss your child’s needs and how we can help. 

What Happens During a Paediatric Physiotherapy Session? 

Depending on the child’s needs, there is a range of different types of physiotherapy exercises that a child can undergo during their session. During the session, the child will undergo a series of exercises and treatments to improve their target areas as well as physiotherapists offering expert advice to the child, parent and carer to further advance their development at home. The most common types of physiotherapy for children, which are all available at Therapy stars, include:

  • Hydrotherapy 
  • Treadmill training 
  • Muscle strengthening 
  • Flexi Bounce therapy 
  • Neuro-muscular Electrical Stimulation 
  • Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) Therapy (find out more in our DMI therapy blog)

Each of these tasks aim to help improve target areas and functions in a fun and enjoyable way for children to help encourage interaction. To find out more about the different types of paediatric physiotherapy we offer at Therapy Stars, explore our ‘Physiotherapy Services’ page.

Why is Paediatric Physiotherapy Important?

When your child undergoes paediatric physiotherapy, the physiotherapists work with them to identify problem areas and treat and provide exercises which can help a plethora of issues. Physiotherapy sessions are important as they can completely transform a child’s lifestyle, helping them to build fine and gross motor skills and achieve everyday tasks with more ease such as walking, grasping and balancing.

Through physiotherapy, you can also help to reduce the risk of further illness, injury or issues with development in later life, which helps improve a child’s quality of life. Physiotherapy can be daunting to undergo for many, however paediatric physiotherapy aims to not only provide treatment, but to do it in a fun and engaging manner – which makes the session more enjoyable for those of a younger age and encourages a greater sense of achievement. 

If you wish to find out more about why paediatric physiotherapy is important, our experts recently discussed why physiotherapy benefits a child in one of our latest blog posts.

Paediatric Physiotherapy at Therapy Stars

At Therapy stars, we offer a multitude of different types of physiotherapy available for babies, children and young adults. We have a team of trained, experienced paediatric physiotherapists who have extensive knowledge and skills to help tailor treatment to your child’s needs based on their diagnosed condition. 

Book a complimentary call with one of our friendly team members to find out more about our services, and discuss your child’s needs so we can help curate a specific plan for their needs.