Paediatric Physiotherapy is a means of therapy devoted to optimising a child’s movement. It is achieved by aligning muscle and joint functions as to arrive at the best results available for your young child.
Sometimes, bone growth may outperform muscle growth in a young body, and problems can arise as young children have not completed their growth period as adults have. Children may have specific needs relating to their physical development, and a specialised approach a physiotherapist working in paediatrics can provide will be of benefit if your child demonstrates any of the behaviours outlined below.
You should see Joelene – who has qualifications in Paediatric Physiotherapy – if you have concerns or questions such as:
- Your baby feels ‘floppy’ or ‘stiff’ with handling
- Your baby isn’t tolerating ‘tummy time’ well by 4 months of age
- Your baby was born prematurely (before 34 weeks gestation)
- Your baby has a flat spot on his / her head or prefers to look to one side only
- There is a difference between sides of the body
- A delay is present in achieving physical milestones
- Not sitting by 9 months
- Not trying to stand up by 12 months
- Not walking by 18 months
- Your child is bottom shuffling and you would like some further advice
- Your child has an unusual walk or foot posture
- Clumsiness with running, jumping or ball skills
- Aches or pains with activity or rest
- To help with recovery after injury or surgery
- Concerns regarding your child’s posture
A referral is welcomed but not necessary for you to attend. We are Better Start approved and welcome Care Plans for GP’s.