Doing it for the kids!
‘Helping your child every step of the way. Our paediatric team believe in making the physiotherapy treatment for the child fun and interactive helping them reach their maximum potential’.
Physiocomestoyou is dedicated to providing access to a team of Paediatric Physiotherapists who work alongside Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists offering treatment to the child at their home, nursery or school. The therapy is of high quality and convenient meaning that the children do not have to be taken out of school, unecessary travelling is avoided and child care for other children does not have to be arranged. We provide a high standard of assessment, treatment and care for babies, children and adolescents aged between 0 and 19. Detailed reports following the assessment can also be requested. A comprehensive approach is used so that optimal physical development is achieved. Children require physiotherapists with specialist paediatric skills as their anatomy and function needs are very different from adults due to the fact they are constantly growing and changing everyday.
Our assessment looks at the child’s posture, gait, strength, tone, joint range of movement and their gross motor skills.
From the assessment a specific treatment programme is tailored to the child’s individual needs and goals. It is essential that treatment is age appropriate and fun to ensure good compliance and to enable integration into the child’s daily routine.
Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy
We work alongside paediatric OT’s and SALTs who can also see children at home or school.
- Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries – back and joint pain, postural problems, soft tissue injury, gait abnormality, hypermobility
- Developmental Conditions – developmental delay, preterm and premature babies, general global developmental delay. Click here to see information on stages of development of a child.
- Respiratory Conditions – cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, long term ventilated children
- Orthopaedic Conditions – fractures, positional talipes, Erb’s palsy, torticollis, plagiocephaly, perthes, before and after surgery including multi level surgery for cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions, SUFE’s
- Neurological Conditions – genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy (hemiplegia, diplegia and quadriplegia), head injuries, spinal injuries, brain tumors, neuromuscular disorders
- Neuromuscular Conditions – including duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal musular atrophy
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy – our paediatric physiotherapists are specialised in treating children following SDR treatment . Click here to see how they can help before and after the SDR procedure. The SDR brochure from Louisville includes extensive information about the procedure.
How could my child benefit from paediatric physiotherapy?
There are many causes of children having developmental delay, injury to the brain, orthopaedic or neurological problems. Depending on the individuals’ issues (found in the assessment) there can be problems with mobility, posture, standing, walking, going up stairs, balance and function. The physiotherapist will work on training the large muscles in the body and increasing their strength particularly in the legs, arms and stomach. They will aim to increase the body control and help develop better:
- Better ability to do activities of daily living
- Flexiility in joints and muscles
What does paediatric physiotherapy involve?
The physiotherapist will discuss goals with the child and parents. A treatment programme will then be devised aimed at achieving these goals. Treatments can include the following:
- Working on the soft tissues and muscles with massage
- Working on the joints
- Doing stretches and specialist exercises with the child
- Teaching the parents and child stretches and exercises to do in between sessions
- Advice on posture
- Advice on equipment including walking aids if required
- General advice
Exercise equipment such as weights, gym balls, exercise bands, mats, wobble cushions and other child specific fun equipment are often used to help in the rehab.
- Members of the Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists
- Use Evidence Base Practice and adhere to continuing professional development to ensure able to offer the most current evidence based treatment for children
- Work closely with NHS physiotherapists and rest of your childs rehabilitation team
- Support the childs family and carers to ensure the best outcome from daily therapy programmes
- Extensive experience working with children with all classifications of cerebral palsy (hemiplegia, diplegia and quadriplegia).
- Extensive experience working with children with different movement problems such as athetosis, chorea, spasticity and dystonia.
- Provide easy to follow printed exercise programmes for parents, carers and children to follow
Charities We Recommend
- Tree of Hope Charity – www.treeofhope.org.uk – charity offering hope to families of sick children in the UK needing specialist medical help
- Cerebra – www.cerebra.org.uk – charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions
Looking for paediatric physiotherapy in London? Our team is composed of experienced physiotherapists who provide comprehensive assessment and treatment to patients at home or work.