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Paediatric Physiotherapy

A paediatric physiotherapist specialises in the knowledge of movement, development and conditions that are likely to affect the baby and growing child with the aim of supporting children to achieve their optimal physical development and function.

Paediatric physiotherapists treat babies from one day old and up to the age of young people in their adolescence.
Treatment may involve soft tissue massage, mobilisation, stretching, specific therapeutic exercises and postural education.

The paediatric physiotherapist can give advice on how to include regular massage, play and other exercises into a child's daily life, aiming to enhance their overall well-being and quality of life. Where necessary, suggestions on specialist equipment can also be provided.

It is important to recognise that children are not just “mini-adults” – a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist must not only have specific knowledge of treating children and being able to interact with a child, also has a thorough understanding of child development and in-depth experience with the many varied conditions that present exclusively in children and adolescents.

These are some of the conditions our Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist can help you with:

  • Gait anomalies (particularly under 5’s)
  • Developmental delay
  • Neonatal development
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Hypermobility Syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Orthopaedics, including rehabilitation after surgery
  • Plagiocephaly (including head turn preference)
  • Torticollis
  • Erbs Palsy
  • Talipes (also known as Club foot)
  • Co-ordination difficulties
    • Early intervention is vital and many problems, which may only become increasingly apparent as your child grows up, can be effectively minimised or prevented by starting treatment early, even as early as during their baby years.

      What should you expect in a consultation with a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist?

      The initial appointment will involve a comprehensive assessment, including asking questions about the child's health history and a physical assessment. Following this, the physiotherapist will provide a detailed explanation to the parents, including discussion of the recommended treatment plan. Our goal is always to work cohesively with families to facilitate child-centred goals, aiming to optimise development and maximise each child’s potential.

      The assessment will require the child to be in shorts (or nappy if younger). Sometimes it may be asked that the child be in a bare chest to allow for effective viewing of the involved areas.