What Is Paediatric Physiotherapy?

Babies and children learn about themselves and their surroundings through movement and stimulation of their senses. When this movement is limited, or their sensory system prevents them from exploring their world, the child may present with developmental delays. There are a number of conditions which may result in impaired development, some of which the child is born with and others that are acquired. This impaired ability to explore their world can affect the child psychologically and socially.

Paediatric physiotherapists work with children of varying ages, from premature babies to pre-schoolers, to ensure optimal physical function and development. Like all physiotherapists, we are concerned with movement, co-ordination, posture and the cardiorespiratory system.

The aim of the paediatric physiotherapist is to provide a therapeutic program that the child will enjoy, while encouraging them to participate and become independent. This will assist in minimising the effects of physical impairment to promote optimum function and musculoskeletal development.

Kerry McIntyre Paediatric Physiotherapy is a small patient focussed specialist paediatric practice where we believe that quality surpasses quantity. The therapy techniques used are multi-faceted and drawn from a multitude of tried and tested techniques. Each session is interactive both between the child and therapist as well as the parents. At Kerry McIntyre Paediatric Physiotherapy we believe that therapy does not stop when your child leaves our treatment rooms and we aim to equip parents with knowledge and therapy techniques to use at home which will result in more effective therapy results.