Physical Therapists apply the sciences of anatomy, neurology, and physiology to observe and assess how a child moves from one position to another, as well as, how strength, balance, and coordination affect a child’s movement patterns. Specifically for children, a detailed understanding of normal motor development, and gross motor milestones, is essential. These motor skills are the foundations of moving successfully in the world. Our therapeutic intervention is play-based, and goal oriented, so that the child is motivated to participate in activities that are physically challenging.
The Physical Therapists at Therapyland can address a variety of issues, some you may be familiar with, and some that you are not. They will address the most common developmental delays, such as with gross motor skill development, including rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking, decreased strength, decreased balance, and decreased overall coordination. Our Physical Therapists are also trained to address many other areas, including children who may have a neurological or genetic disorder, or children who have abnormal or poor posture, abnormal muscle tone influencing gross motor skills, awkward walking, jumping, running patterns, and toe walkers.
The following are general indicators that a child may benefit from a Physical Therapy Evaluation and treatment:
- Unusual muscle stiffness and tightness
- Limitations in range of motion
- Delays in developmental milestones
- Muscle weakness
- Postural abnormalities and asymmetries
- Poor balance skills
- Uncoordinated movements
- Difficulty in sports activities, such as catching, throwing and kicking
- Delays in age-appropriate gross motor skills