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Physical Therapy Explained

January 24, 2018

PHYSICAL THERAPY EXPLAINED

What is physical therapy and how can it help?

Physical therapy is provided by a licensed PHYSICAL THERAPIST.  This type of therapist specializes in increasing strength, improving balance, and improving coordination. With children they work to improve a child’s GROSS MOTOR SKILLS. These are skills that require large muscle groups; crawling, walking, stair climbing, jumping, running, balancing on one foot, walking on a balance beam.

DOES MY CHILD NEED PHYSICAL THERAPY?

If your child:

Is Not Walking

Trips and Falls

Appears Clumsy

Complains of being tired when walking far distances

Is Not Jumping

Has Difficulty on the Playground

Has Difficulty Sitting Upright During School

Has Poor Eye Hand Coordination (ball skills)

Is Not Participating in Gym Class

PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP!

Sessions will use a variety of obstacle courses, equipment, and activities to help your child build strength, improve balance, improve coordination, and be able to keep up with peers their age in gross motor tasks.

At Theraplay, physical therapists encourage children to KEEP MOVING! All of our physical therapy sessions are dynamic. Children are kept engaged in fun movement tasks that don’t feel like hard work! Children experience the world around them in a variety of ways, and movement is one of them. By getting children moving we are allowing them to become independent in exploring their environment.

Some important GROSS MOTOR MILESTONES that children should reach are listed below. If you feel that your child reached these milestones late and feel that they are having trouble keeping up give us a call today! One of our skilled physical therapists can set up an assessment for your child, provide feedback on their skills, recommend a therapy schedule, and provide exercises that can be done at home!

Crawling

Pull to Stand

Cruising

Walking Forward

Jumping Up with 2 Feet

Climbing Up and Down Stairs with the Handrail (no parent assist)

Meet Our Physical Therapists HERE

Use this CHECKLIST to see if your child is on track with their motor milestones

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