Physical therapists are experts in movement! They increase strength, flexibility, coordination, and range of motion in movements. They specialize in gross motor movements, such as climbing stairs, walking, and running. Additionally, they may work on muscle tone management, recommending and assessing orthotics, and physical endurance.
Some childhood conditions that might benefit from a physical therapist include Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthrogyposis, Cardio-Pulmonary Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Physical therapy is fun! Children are encouraged to play as they work on their motor movements. Family involvement in how to support development at home is an important part of physical therapy.