Children are fragile. Although you’d probably agree, there’s a lot that you will think about with regard to what makes them delicate. The first possible thing that could come to your mind is their bones, and skin. That’s the most common thought. However, There are other aspects of health that matter when it comes to getting your child to have physical therapy. Let’s begin with what physiotherapy is.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a para-medical branch of medicine, which deals with physical rehabilitation of a person, to regain physical strength, improve motor skills and other movement functionality. At Sai Siva Hospitals, we offer specialised physiotherapy for children with motor difficulties and weight related concerns.
As a medical facility for children, Sai Siva Hospitals has much more being done to improve your child’s quality of life. We offer paediatric physical therapy for a different ages, starting from premature newborns and normal babies, to toddlers and adolescents. Paediatric (pediatric) physiotherapy ensures proper functioning of various other organs in the body. This is especially seen in case of premature babies who usually are weaker as compared to full term babies. You might wonder how it helps the functioning of the complete body. Well, to know that, you can read through what paediatric physiotherapy aims at.
Paediatric Physiotherapy – The Aim
The aim of paediatric (pediatric) physiotherapy is to ensure proper functioning of slightly less developed organs for premature babies. The cardiorespiratory system is the most important, which enables the baby to breathe properly. Paediatric (paediatric) physiotherapy helps in resetting such functions through certain massages and stretches that the doctor performs on the child.
In normal and a little older children, certain exercises that the doctors make them do, help in improving the coordination and physical posture, which avoids any unwanted conditions or complications as the children grow. The therapy also involves promoting musculoskeletal development and function, improving the range of motion and prevents muscle contracture.
Who needs paediatric physiotherapy?
Although anyone, even normal babies/ young children can get physical therapy done to improve certain skills, the most benefited are those who have physical performance problems. Here’s a list of conditions that require paediatric (pediatric) physiotherapy extensively.
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Delayed Motor Skills
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Spina Bifida
- Down Syndrome (also called Trisomy 21)
- Acquired Brain Injury
What you can do as a parent?
You can involve yourself in your child’s physiotherapy program. You will be present while the therapy is going on, to have a fair understanding of how the therapy is being done and what it is working on. In some programs, there are certain things you will have to do with your child at home. Your paediatric physiotherapist will instruct you in detail as to how to go about these physical treatments. Your doctor will review the improvement in your child based on how severe it was and how much improvement has happened. Based on the degree of improvement, you will be asked to increase certain physical movements and exercises to ease the muscles and increase the range of motion. You will have to keep noting the difference and report it to your doctor. Our paediatric physical therapy specialists are highly skilled and strive to help your children with fast and superior quality treatments.
Department of Physiotherapy – Sai Siva Children’s Hospital
The Department of Physiotherapy at Sai Siva Children’s Hospital offers a range of physical therapy treatments for various conditions. Our paediatric physiotherapists are all highly experienced in treating physical defects and helping children with mental improvements. So, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to your child’s growth improvements. There are some specialised qualifications that paediatric physiotherapists are usually trained in. These are: