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How A Paediatric Physio Will Assess Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills

| Paediatric

Paediatric physiotherapists use standardised assessments called outcome measures to assess your child on a validated scale that can then be used to monitor their progress objectively rather than subjectively. This can help the physiotherapist establish a baseline and help to guide treatment and set appropriate goals. It also helps the physiotherapist determine the effectiveness of […]


Advice: Somatic Symptom Disorders in Children

| Paediatric

Somatic symptom disorders are a group of conditions that present as disabling physical symptoms where there is the suggestion of a medical condition but there is no evidence of its cause. Children with somatic symptom disorders may have a number of symptoms, including pain and weakness, and these are thought to develop unconsciously in response […]


11 Exercises to Get Your Family Ski Fit

| Paediatric, Sports Physiotherapy

It’s not just adults that need to get ski fit but kids do too! Here are some exercises that will help improve your family’s technique, strengthen weak areas and reduce the chances of you and your family injuring yourselves. Setting up circuit training stations is a great way to keep it fun, but don’t forget […]


How Botox Injections Can Help Children with Muscle Spasticity

| Paediatric

Botulinum Toxin Type A is better known as Botox, a bacterium that is injected into adults and children who have spasticity (increased tone) in their muscles. Spasticity can be caused by neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, motor neuron disease and inflammatory myopathy. Spasticity in muscles can make them stiff […]


5 Steps To Help Your Child Complete their Physio Programme!

| Paediatric

The start of a New Year can be a great time to start as you mean to go on. If you want your child to achieve their maximum potential for the forthcoming year, here are 5 steps which will enable them to achieve their goals. 1. Reflection Look back at the last year with your […]


The Types of Fractures Children Have and How to Treat Them

| Paediatric

As parents, we often wish we could wrap our children up in cotton wool and stop them running around and hurting themselves. Unfortunately we can’t, and as a result children often break bones. As children’s bones are still growing, the type of fractures they sustain and the way they heal and are managed is very […]


How to Clear Your Child’s Phlegm

| Paediatric

It’s that time of year again when coughs and colds are doing the rounds. If your little one has picked up a nasty cold and they are having trouble clearing their phlegm, then chest physio can help. It is important to clear phlegm, as it can play a part in developing chest infections and these […]


How Cerebral Palsy is Identified and Classified

| Paediatric

Cerebral Palsy or CP, is a neurological disability that affects movement, coordination and posture. ‘Cerebral’ refers to the brain and ‘palsy’ refers to a lack of muscle control. CP is a permanent life-long condition caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy, shortly after birth or during a child’s first year of life. […]


Does Your Child Have Foot Drop?

| Paediatric

Foot drop describes the inability to properly lift the foot and big toe when walking. Children will compensate in many ways to help clear their foot when walking and may walk in such a way where their limb movements are not completely repeated in the same way on the other side of their body. Foot […]


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