Intensive Physiotherapy Packages for Children
At Therapy Stars we offer an intensive physiotherapy service at our Clinic in Penley. Intensive rehabilitation programmes offer daily intensive physiotherapy over a short period of time, such as school holidays or post-surgery. Our packages are tailored to the specific needs of your child, and can vary in length, frequency, and techniques used.
In order for your child to make good progress, our packages are built in such a way that you can walk away feeling confident continuing the methods, exercises, and techniques outside of the clinic and once the programme ends. We’ll provide you with all of the knowledge and information you need to continue therapy, as well as a written summary of everything that has been covered so that you’re good to go.
What is Intensive Physiotherapy?Intensive physiotherapy for children is a programme of physiotherapy conducted in intense bursts over a short period of time, such as during school holidays, when your child cannot quite master a skill or for recovery after surgery. Whilst we tailor our packages to the individual needs of each child, you might find that we recommend 2-3 hours of physiotherapy per day as part of our packages, and will also recommend at-home exercises to keep making progress away from the clinic.
What are the Benefits of Intensive Physiotherapy?
Evidence has shown that Intensive programmes can help to significantly improve motor skills, which can be carried forward. Intensive physiotherapy rehabilitation has also shown to be effective for children who need to master, or become more secure in a certain skill, particularly if you feel this skill is holding them back from making further developments.
Benefits of intensive physiotherapy include:
- Speed up rehabilitation after injury
- Help to reach developmental milestones
- Improve motor skills
- Master particular skills
- Improve strength
- Build confidence in your ability to continue at-home physiotherapy once the programme ends
- Increase functional ability
What Does Intensive Physiotherapy Include?
Our stellar intensive physiotherapy packages are designed to not only deliver at the clinic, but also to provide you with all of the tools, knowledge, and confidence to be able to continue therapy at home, once the programme ends. Our courses include:
- Fun and engaging daily therapy for your child; usually 2-3 hours per day
- At-home exercises and therapies
- Summary of progress, therapies, and activities done
- Follow-up Zoom calls and ongoing support
- Certificate and keepsake for your child
- Survival kit for parents
- 5% off any further intensive physiotherapy packages booked within 12 months
- Techniques Used
At Therapy Stars, we tailor each child’s treatment based on their individual needs. Techniques that can be carried out during your child’s intensive physiotherapy includes, but is not limited to:
Intensive Physiotherapy Packages
Contact UsIf you would like to hear more about our Intensive Physiotherapy packages, or what we can do for your child’s condition, get in touch with us today. We offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation for you to learn more about our children’s physiotherapy services, and how it may benefit your child.
Intensive Physiotherapy FAQs
Intensive Physiotherapy is where a child’s therapy is delivered daily for a short burst of time. This is different to the traditional delivery model of treating a child once a week or fortnightly. The sessions are also more focused (or “intense”) so tend to last at least 2 hours per day. An Intensive Programme consists of at least 10 hours of therapy of a 5 day period and can last up to 3 weeks in total. If you’d like to find out more about Intensive Physiotherapy and what it is most commonly used for, why not read one of our recent blogs – ‘What Is Intensive Physiotherapy & Which Conditions Can It Treat?’
Intensive Therapy can be beneficial for children whose skills have plateaued, for those who have not responded consistently to traditional therapy (which can be for a range of reasons) or a child that just needs one final burst to master a certain skill.
Intensive Programmes can be beneficial for all children who are struggling with elements of development but can be particularly suited to those with neurological and genetic conditions. All of our Intensive Programmes are bespoke to the individual child.
Intensive programmes are structured as daily therapy sessions for at least 2 hours per day over at least 1 week (Mon-Fri). Therapy sessions can consist of a range of techniques-our Intensive Programmes may include Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) therapy, Electrical Stimulation, lycra trials, kinesio-taping, therapeutic handling, strengthening and much more.
We recommend an Intensive every 3 months throughout a year, but this can be dependent on a child and their family. The gap between Intensives allows a child to work through the home programme and goals provided, before coming back for another course. If you are unsure, please discuss with one of our Physiotherapists or read more in this blog ‘How Long Will My Child Require Physiotherapy?‘
An Intensive Programme is a minimum of 10 hours over 5 days. There have been several studies that have shown that Intensive Therapy over a 3-week period can lead to improvements in function and plasticity. However, we appreciate that this is not always practical for all families. As standard we offer 10, 20 or 30 hour Intensives (2 hours per day) but we can also offer more bespoke Programmes if required. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
We would always recommend a minimum of 20 hours where possible. For more information on how long your child may require physiotherapy, explore one of our recent articles.
Each Intensive session will be led by a Physiotherapist, but it may not be the same Physiotherapist every day. We find that this allows for a mix of ideas and techniques. Some sessions may have 2 Physiotherapists, otherwise it may be 1 Physiotherapist plus an Assistant or Student. Where possible we do try to staff each session with 2 members of staff, but this cannot be guaranteed.
We do also highly encourage parents/carers to get involved in the activities as much as possible.
We always encourage families to share with us prior to your arrival as much information as possible, so that we can plan a basic strategy for the Programme.
However, the first day of an Intensive always starts with a thorough assessment, as well as giving your child chance to settle in and get used to our staff. Subsequent sessions will be a mixture of therapeutic techniques, dependent on the child and the goals of the Intensive.
The final session will very much be about running through a draft Home Programme with parents so that you go away confident about how to continue the activities that we recommend once you leave us in order to see further progress.
Parents will be sent both a written report and a Home Programme following their child’s Intensive Programme.
We are very used to children feeling overwhelmed when they come to see us. We always do our best, in conjunction with parents, to allow time for your child to get used to our clinic and staff. We are always happy for parents to bring familiar toys (and even screens!) if there are specific ones that your child likes.
During the Intensive Programme, your child will be working hard. The nature of therapy is that we need to challenge the children to encourage them to progress with skills that they are finding difficult. There will be times when your child becomes upset, frustrated, tired or probably a combination of all of them. Again, we will work with you as parents to gauge when a child needs a break. Natural breaks are built into the sessions too as we prepare each activity or move between equipment.
If your question has not been answered above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.