Why might your child need physiotherapy
Children learn about themselves and their environment through movement.
There are numerous childhood conditions which can affect a child’s physical abilities. These conditions can be congenital (the child is born with them) or acquired, they can be severe or minor and they can be long or short term in nature. Whatever the condition it may reduce a child’s ability to move freely and well. Poor movement may lead to poor physical development, impaired learning and a lack of self-confidence.
Through physiotherapy not only the child but also the parent can learn about movement.
You may wish to refer your child yourself, or the suggestion may come from your GP or the hospital specialist.
It is never too early to seek help, advice and, if necessary, physiotherapy treatment.
A “physio check” for your baby or child may simply help to put your mind at rest!
The role of the Physiotherapist is to assess and manage children and young people with movement disorders, disability or illness. The aim of the physiotherapist is to help the child/young person reach their full potential through providing physical intervention, advice and support.
Physiotherapists aim to improve the quality of life of children and young people by promoting independence and encouraging physical fitness and well being.
Physiotherapists work in close partnership with the child and their family, education, social work, other healthcare professionals and the voluntary sector. Together they have a shared responsibility for meeting children's needs.
Physiotherapists work in hospitals, clinics, nursery, schools, at home and any other locations depending on the needs of the child or young person.
Assessments may include information gathering from parents, families and others involved in the child's life and building on what is already known about the child from other agencies such as education and social work.
Assessment will include:
Strength and co-ordination
Posture and balance
Quality of movement
This may include formal and informal assessment such as observation.
The decision whether to offer further support from Physiotherapy is based on the outcome of assessment, the impact of the difficulty on the child's life and the likelihood of effecting change at this timeOptimal physical development is vital for your child’s physical and mental growth, general health and well-being. Babies and children love moving! The ability not only to move, but to move as well as possible, is a fundamental need for all children.
Visit The Kiki’s Children’s Clinic is London (UK) based and dedicated to offering high quality private Paediatric Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for babies and children. The clinic practitioners believe in the great benefit of early intervention. Treatment is holistic in nature and Bobath (neurodevelopmental therapy) based. The clinic has a large array of toys and equipment to both entertain and exercise the children who come for treatment.
For those who find it hard to travel to the clinic, treatment is also offered in either the home, nursery or school environment in a relaxed atmosphere. Treatment is intensive and FUN.