Physical Therapy services benefits your child:
- Range of Motion – how far a joint can bend or straighten
- Strength – strength against gravity
- Balance – ability to maintain balance (tilting and righting responses) and to keep oneself from falling (protective responses)
- Reflexes – automatic responses seen particularly in infants (palmar grasp, positive support, asymmetrical tonic neck reflex [ATNR] and labyrinthine)
- Posture – alignment of the body in various positions
- Tone – natural resistance in a muscle (increased tone is stiffness and decreased tone is floppiness)
Physical Therapy treatments that benefits your child:
- Stretching and strengthening activities and exercises to increase a child’s range and quality of movement.
- Establishing or reshaping movement patterns to follow normal development
- Improving balance and equilibrium skills
- Improving postural control
- Gait training (walking)
- Evaluating the need for adaptive equipment and orthopedic devices
- Helping parents understand ways to play and interact with their children to stimulate good quality movement patterns in the home environment.