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Jan 2016

Physiotherapy For Toddlers?

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Little kids bounce back fast, which probably explains why we usually associate physiotherapy with adult patients. There are however many cases in which children can benefit from physiotherapy, even if they’re toddler-age.

Physiotherapy For Toddlers

Your child may benefit from seeing a physiotherapist in the following cases:

  • They are recovering from an injury.
  • They have a physical disability.
  • They have a heart or lung condition.
  • They have a birth defect.

Conditions that apply specifically to infants and toddlers include:

  • Head shape management (flat head, skull asymmetries, tracking head shape, neck conditions).
  • Positioning during sleep and/or play.
  • Delayed milestones

There are so many ways a physiotherapist can help toddlers, no matter the issue. The best part of physiotherapy is that it can accomplish big results without medicating. Here are some of the ways physiotherapists treat patients:

  • Massage: Massage reduces tension and stress, and promotes healing, relaxation, and blood flow. Massage has shown to be beneficial in many circumstances, for instance, treating injuries, physical disabilities, and migraines.
  • Developmental activities: Ideal for children with developmental delays, a physiotherapist can guide them through balance and coordination activities.
  • Strength Training: A physiotherapist can help your child build strength, coordination, and flexibility if they suffer from a physical defect or disability, or if they are recovering from an injury.

Other techniques physiotherapists use include hot/cold treatments, water therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, and all of the above takes place in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for your child. Many exercises take the form of playful activities, keeping your child entertained and engaged.

Upon meeting with you and your child, a physiotherapist can identify and address problems by measuring your child’s flexibility and strength, and analyzing the way your child moves (walking, crawling, etc.).

A physiotherapist often works in conjunction with your family doctor, and other medical specialists as necessary to create an individual program for your child to follow. This program may include specific strength and/or flexibility exercises, developmental activities, and other exercises.

Many toddlers with developmental delays have benefitted greatly from physiotherapy. Health and wellness early in life can have big, positive benefits on your child that will last them a lifetime. Contact us today to witness the effects of physiotherapy first-hand!

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