Benefits of Child Physiotherapy
Children with motor impairments can obtain many benefits with physiotherapy, which provides an optimal level of independence and good motor functionality, to perform normal tasks of home and school and also have a satisfactory life within the society.
Children’s physiotherapy covers all those therapeutic strategies aimed at achieving the best functional level in children between 0 and 18 years old, who have motor deficiencies. Of course, the objectives set in each case always depend on the medical diagnosis that the child or adolescent has and above all it varies according to their individual characteristics, so that each therapy is always personalized.
Methods used by physiotherapists
There are several methods or strategies for the treatment of physical and motor problems that physiotherapists use more frequently in order to help patients, whether they are small children or adolescents.
Some of these techniques include teaching and practicing functional mobility skills, in conjunction with exercises for strengthening muscles, increasing endurance and perfect mobility of joints.
Coordination and balance activities are also carried out with the use of support technologies, such as exercise machines or others specially designed for this purpose. And when dealing with children and young people, recreational activities, some games and aquatic therapies are usually carried out, both to entertain them and to help them with the treatment.
Most important benefits of child physiotherapy
The motor development of a child is quite related to the cognitive development of the child, and therefore, this is the basis of pediatric physiotherapy. Among the most outstanding benefits are:
- Increase in strength, muscular endurance, coordination and range of motion
- Reduces pain, muscle spasms, swelling and inflammation of joints.
- Promotes the healing of soft tissue injuries and also the mobility of walking
- Prevents contractures and deformations in the extremities
- Increase the ability to perform daily activities and reduce stress
- Improves sensory and cognitive capacity
Problems dealt with by Physiotherapy
Among the most common problems treated by pediatric physiotherapists are the affectations of the Central Nervous System which includes infantile cerebral palsy and malformations of the neural tube, as well as congenital malformations, genetic syndromes, myopathies, infantile scoliosis, spina bifida. , torticollis, rigidity, delays in motor or intellectual development, attention problems, spasticity, some heart and lung diseases, among others.
Newborns can also perform neurological physiotherapy and also treat some disorders or congenital, neuromuscular, developmental or musculoskeletal problems. This will allow the child to have a normal life later when he or she grows up.