All babies, children and young people are important. They each have their own unique personality and potential. They deserve the best possible care and nurture to support their health and development.
Role of physiotherapy
Paediatric physiotherapists work with people of varying ages from premature babies to adolescents to ensure optimal physical function and development. Like all physiotherapists, they are concerned with movement, co-ordination, posture and the cardiorespiratory system. The aim of the paediatric physiotherapist is to provide a program that the client will enjoy, while encouraging them to participate and become independent.
Paediatric physiotherapists aim to minimise the effects of physical impairment to promote optimum function and musculoskeletal development. Advice on activities and stretches offered by the physiotherapist can assist in maintaining full range of movement and prevention of contracture.
Children are not simply small adults. Physiotherapists who work with children are specialist practitioners who have the right skills and specific knowledge to deliver appropriate care and education to encourage family involvement. Paediatric Physiotherapists specialise in the treatment of children and have detailed knowledge of: