Physical therapy can be a great tool for health and wellness as adults, but did you know that babies and kids can benefit from physical therapy too? Physical therapy is a safe, natural and effective way to help and cure pain and injuries as well as correct misused muscles.
Infant physical therapy can be considered as one of the most effective forms of rehabilitative treatment for babies who need assistance with muscle control, balance, milestones, and more. Many physicians recommended physical therapy for infants who have developed disorders, regardless whether they developed from birth injuries and genetic abnormalities.
Each person, child and baby are different from one an other. Each individual treatment will vary according to disability, disorder or pain relief. Babies who are born prematurely often hold their shoulders close to their ears and a common goal for these babies is to help maintain proper posture with gentle massage and pushing the infant’s shoulders down. This treatment might be different to a baby who has a genetic abnormality. Common exercises will also very depending on the age of the baby and the disorder.
Your doctor or physician can recommend physical therapy If they feel your child may need it. Other way to know if your child may need physical therapy:
- Fails to meet development milestones during the first year of life
- Favors one side of the body and/or tilting the head to one side only
- Has poor posture
- Has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, torticollis, and other neuromuscular disorders
- Has floppy and/or stiff muscle tone
- Has excessive or limited joint mobility
- Has difficulties with balance and coordination
Doctors often recommend physical therapy for kids and teens who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease or disability.
After an injury, physical therapist work with the child to decrease pain and improve movement, just as they would for an adult patient. The treatment could include teaching the child exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion.
It is important than every child have the ability to perform their job of playing. Physical therapists are concerned with a child’s ability to participate in daily movement activities as well as sports. Treatment may be used for children who play sports and want to avoid injury on and off the field.
Contact Physical Therapy is here to answer your questions and see if physical therapy is the best option for your child or infant.