Pediatric Physical Therapy
What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy evaluates and addresses problems with gross motor skills. Children at different ages require varying movements and development to achieve the full mobility needed for walking, running and climbing. Physical therapy works to achieve the most typical and efficient movement and balance for the child’s body. A physical therapist uses a variety of treatment activities to help increase strength, endurance and mobility for your child to be able to move within their environment. Physical therapists also evaluate the need for any adaptive equipment or orthotics your child may need to further his or her success. Whether using adaptation or working to strengthen and increase range of motion in body parts, a physical therapist can help a child achieve greater mobility and independence in their lives.
Our Pediatric Physical Therapists (PT) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their goals to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school and community environments. We complete comprehensive evaluations and provide individualized treatment for children who have difficulty with gross motor skills. Your child might need physical therapy to help with developmental delay, a birth defect, chronic illness or an injury. Physical therapy helps develop the muscle strength and joint range of motion children need to move through their environment easily and effectively.
Physical therapy goals often include help with developmental milestones like sitting, standing, crawling and walking. Our licensed physical therapists also assess the need for orthotics (like splints and braces) and recommend adaptive equipment.
Physical Therapy Treatments
Aquatic therapy is water-based physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment. It includes exercise or therapeutic activity/movement that benefits our patients who exhibit difficulty with weight bearing activities or have an inability to move their bodies against the weight of gravity. The water allows buoyancy, helps reduce joint pain and provides resistance during therapy based activity.
Each discipline uses this environment to help meet the outcomes specific to the goals set for the patient. We utilize many aquatic therapy techniques and principles including NDT-based aquatic techniques and the Bad Ragaz Ring Method.
Reach Therapy is an NDTA Center of Excellence(NDTCOE). As an NDTCOE, Reach partners with NDTA in education dedicated to training as many therapists as possible in the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Approach. In addition to our trained staff, Reach has hosted many NDTA courses including the 8-week pediatric certification course. Because of our dedication and commitment to this treatment philosophy, we have been named one of the first facilities designated as an NDTA “Center of Excellence”.
Genesis’s Mom’s Story
“I don’t know how to really feel… I have mixed emotions right now. I’m glad that Genesis finally graduates from physical therapy. She has done so much! She can walk, go up and down the stairs, kick a ball without falling, balance herself better, and even run as fast as she can although my heart skips a beat and she doesn’t want me to hold her hand just in case. I’m proud of all her goals she has accomplished, but my heart feels sad leaving therapy. All the therapists that have been with us at Reach Therapy Center have been part of my family since she was 3 months old. I don’t want to say good bye. Hoping it’s a see you soon.”
-Anna, mother of Genesis (5yr old with Arthrogryposis)