How can Physio Achieve the Optimum Quality of Life for Children with Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a condition which arises due to an injury to the brain or abnormal brain development. It can occur before, during or after birth and in early childhood. Cerebral palsy affects people differently. In general there are 3 main types – spastic, dyskinetic and ataxic. It can cause difficulties in controlling muscles and movements, sensation, understanding, communication and behavior. Cerebral palsy itself is not progressive; the injury to the brain does not change. However, the effects may change over time due to the growth of a child.

Paediatric physios are key in helping a child with Cerebral Palsy achieve the optimal quality of life by promoting function and participation. They are experts at assessing and treating children with movement difficulties to help enhance their independence and progress gross motor skills through facilitation techniques and exercises with goal focused fun sessions.

Physiotherapists assess and treat children with cerebral palsy using the following techniques and knowledge base:

  • Techniques to influence and inhibit abnormal tone
  • Extensive knowledge base of normal childhood development
  • Strengthening through play
  • Hydrotherapy to provide a fun treatment environment aimed at strengthening
  • Walking analysis and orthotic advice
  • Handling and positioning techniques
  • 24 hour Postural management knowledge base
  • Extensive equipment knowledge to ensure good posture in standing, sitting and lying to help promote function and comfort
  • Scoliosis, hip surveillance and contracture monitoring

Are you looking for a specialist paediatric physio to assess and treat your child? We can see your child at home and can often set up an appointment within 24 hours.  Contact us today on 0207 884 0374 or email

You can also download our Cerebral Palsy info sheet here.

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