When we think about physiotherapy, we too often forget to think about the little ones. Babies, infants, children, and youth of all ages can truly benefit from the services provided by a physiotherapist! Some childhood conditions that could benefit from physiotherapy include: torticollis, neurological conditions, hip dysplasia, development delays, and congenital issues.
Here are just a few other reasons for which you may want to consider paying a visit to a physiotherapist with your child:
Injuries/aches and pains
Kids seem to think they’re indestructible and often like to play as if that were really the case. However, children are just as prone to injuries as adults. In fact, with growth spurts and developing bones (“growing pains”), children and youth are even more at risk of injuring themselves during day-to-day activities. A physiotherapist can help them get back to fun and back to being a kid!
If you feel your child is somewhat behind on achieving their next milestone, physiotherapy is here to help. Whether it’s due to conditions such as Down’s syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, or simply a slight delay in their development for a variety of conditions, we can help you create a program of play that’s personally tailored and aimed towards helping your child grow.
If you’ve been told your child has a scoliosis (an abnormal curve in their back) or suspect that that may be the case, physiotherapy may be an appropriate course of action. Through gentle manual techniques, exercises, as well as other recommendations, we aim to reduce the impacts and the progression of changes in the spine.
During sports and while out on the playground, children are prone to head injuries, which can easily turn into concussions. Concussions can dramatically affect your child’s concentration, focus, and ability to succeed in school and a number of other activities.
Fractures, sprains, and strains
If your child’s ever experienced a fracture, sprain, or strain, you know how badly they’re itching to get back to their regular activities. Physiotherapy can help the process of recovery and also strives to ensure that children won’t reinjure themselves!
A physiotherapist will assess your child’s condition in a fun and friendly way and let them know if physiotherapy is appropriate or recommend any other services that may be helpful!
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The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) represents physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility and fitness of Canadians.
Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals who combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.
More than 20,000 registered physiotherapists work in Canada, in private clinics, general and rehabilitation hospitals, community health centres, residential care and assisted-living facilities, home visit agencies, workplaces, and schools.
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