Children, at times, become ill or after an accident become disabled. This is when a physical therapist can provide the help and assistance your child needs. Physical therapists, after an injury or illness, work with their patients in order to decrease pain, improve mobility and help children return to their daily activities.
Physical therapists assist children with exercises that help them regain strength and range of motion. In addition, they also show children and their parents how to prevent future injuries.
To help build strength, improve movement and strengthen abilities needed to complete daily activities, a physical therapist uses a variety of treatments such as crawling and walking, water therapy, balance and coordination activities and improve circulation around injuries by using heat, cold and exercise.
Keep in mind; there are several activities that occur during a visit such as measuring a child’s flexibility and strength and identifying existing and potential problems. In addition, there is also interacting with other psychiatric, medical and school personnel toward creating a plan for a child and also providing instruction for home exercise programs.
Before hiring a good physical therapist for your child, there are several important steps you should take such as first understanding and evaluating your therapist’s credentials and educational background. Physical therapists usually have a master’s degree but in the last couple of years many now have Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees.
Most importantly, evaluate how the physical therapist interacts with you and your child. A personal trainer that is good at their job will take time and listen to any concern you may have, involve you in your child’s treatment process, set reasonable and attainable goals and take time to ensure that you and your child know what will be happening in the weeks that follow.
The next step for your child will be a comprehensive exam that is given to your child. Treatment will often include some form of exercise and passive techniques such as stretching muscles and joints and other activities such as heat and ultrasound.
Physical therapy for your child has several great benefits such as improving your child’s range of motion, strength, balance, reflexes, posture and tone. All of these improvements will elevate your child’s progress in getting back to everyday, normal activities.
To conclude, there are times when children become ill or after an accident become disabled. This is when a physical therapist can provide the help and assistance your child needs. Talk with a children’s physical therapist soon and find out how he or she can help you and your child.