Physiotherapy is a fun and engaging way of helping your child reach their full movement potential. There are different types available depending on the needs of individual children including hydrotherapy, muscle training and treadmill training. In this blog, we will outline the many physical and mental benefits that physiotherapy can provide to children.
So, what does Physiotherapy do for a child? Physiotherapy can transform the lives of children who have existing conditions and disabilities that affect their mobility and motor skills. It also has a positive effect on children’s mental health and social skills as they can play with other children more easily with their increased mobility.
Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of physiotherapy for children and the different types available.
What are the Benefits of Physiotherapy for Children?
Physiotherapists work with children to identify, treat and provide exercises to children who are struggling with a variety of issues such as developmental conditions, mobility issues and disabilities. The aim of children’s physiotherapy is to help them reach their full potential while treating their condition.
Physiotherapy can completely change a child’s lifestyle, helping them manage everyday tasks such as walking, balancing and fine motor skills like writing. Their social abilities are improved as they will be able to play with other children and toys with reduced difficulty.
Children will feel a sense of accomplishment by working towards goals and developing mobility during physiotherapy sessions, also positively impacting their mental health. For neurodiverse children who commonly struggle with coordination, strength and balance, physiotherapy can help them improve these areas in a fun interactive way. You should also see an increase in their confidence due to their newly developed movement skills as they can more easily explore the world around them.
For children who do not have an existing condition, physiotherapy can help them recover from injuries. Injuries are likely to occur with children who take part in sports or commonly play outdoors. Decreasing pain, regaining strength and helping them regain confidence are all important aspects of physiotherapy for children.
Our blog ‘Why Would a Child Need Physiotherapy’, details lots of other helpful information on child physiotherapy.
What are the Different Types of Physiotherapy for Children?
Depending on your child’s needs, there is a large range of different types of physiotherapy available. Along with treatments and exercises during the session, expert advice can be provided to encourage parents, carers and schools to help with children’s development. Here are some of the most common types of physiotherapy for children, all available at Therapy Stars:
Hydrotherapy is a fun and enjoyable type of physiotherapy for children that encourages fast recovery and pain relief. Hydrotherapy pools for children tend to be a warmer temperature than normal pools to make sure the children are comfortable. They are easily accessible, usually including stairs to guide children slowly into the pool. Different exercise equipment may be introduced into the pool to match the needs of individual children including relaxation exercises, balance exercises and soft tissue treatment.
Children with cerebral palsy tend to struggle with walking, balance and developing other motor skills. Treadmill training can help to maximise their potential for moving independently by strengthening muscles and limbs. Other neurological conditions that can benefit from this type of children’s physiotherapy include brain injuries, hypertonia and hypotonia.
Muscle strengthening exercises for children can include using resistance equipment such as ropes or weighted equipment as resistance training. For children with weak hips or spines, they can perform extension exercises using specific positions designed to strengthen the muscles.
Flexi Bounce Therapy
Flexi bound therapy involves using a small trampoline to strengthen limbs, improve muscle tone and spatial awareness. This type of physiotherapy is highly interactive and will challenge your child’s brain as well as their body as they concentrate on landing on the trampoline.
Neuro-muscular Electrical Stimulation
Children who have neurological conditions often have little to no control over their muscles and limbs, some being unable to move them at all on their own. Neuro-muscular electrical stimulation uses a low energy current to send tiny shocks to nerves, causing the muscles to move. Although it is not a long term treatment, it is often used to assist with motor skills including walking and grasping objects, ideal for children with severe neurological conditions.
Physiotherapy for Children with Therapy Stars
At Therapy Stars, we want to help your child reach their full mobility potential. Our Child Physiotherapy service is suitable for children aged 4-12 years old. The service benefits a wide range of conditions, including cerebral palsy, poor balance and coordination and developmental delays. We use a range of specialist treatments and child physiotherapy exercises, as well as providing both parents and carers, and schools with advice to encourage development outside of the clinic. For more information on this service, book a complimentary call with a member of our friendly team.