Neurological, Neurodevelopmental and Neuromuscular Difficulties
WHEEN PHYSIO FOR CHILDREN can treat any condition, diagnosed or not which stems from an abnormal or damaged brain or nervous system. These could be;
Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Conditions and Symptoms
Cerebral palsy (damage to the brain at or around birth and up to 2 years old)
Hemiplegia (one side of body more affected than the other)
Upper limb difficulties including contractures and deformities
Aquired head injuries and spinal injuries
Hypotonia (low muscle tone, child seems floppy)
Hypertonia (high muscle tone, child seems stiff)
Ataxia and Athetosis (child has whole body or partial body tremors or uncontrolled movements
Genetic Abnormalities and Syndromes (including well understood syndromes (e.g. Down Syndrome) or
undiagnosed or little known syndromes)
Common Muscular Dystrophies
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Beckers Muscular Dystrophy
FacioScapularHumeral Dystrophy (FSH)
Physiotherapy for Children with Neurological conditions;
Bobath (neurodevelopmental) Therapy, Sensory Integration techniques and Kinesio Taping are all used as well as standard physiotherapeutic techniques to ensure your child progresses quickly and smoothly.
Bobath (neurodevelopmental) treatment
Bobath assessment and treatment techniques are used with children with neurodevelopmental conditions. It can be incorporated into your every day lives so that therapy (and thus progress) continues even when you are not with your physio.
Kinesio Taping can be used to mimic the work of your physio's hands during treatment. It can be administered during the session but can remain on your child for up to 5 days so increasing the effect of therapy. It may be possible for your physiotherapist to teach you how to administer the tape at home.
Sensory Integration Therapy
Many children with motor (movement) difficulties, also have problems with their sensory systems so sensory integration therapy principles are intertwined with physical therapy to ensure the optimum results.
Hydrotherapy uses the principles of physiotherapy in a warm swimming pool. The properties of water can make children work their muscles without realising that this is what they are doing. Children generally love the water and so hydrotherapy can be a very effective method of gaining results without it feeling like therapy.
- Aims for independent mobility in whatever form (e.g. rolling and crawling or running and climbing or becoming an independent mobility aid or wheelchair user)
- Works for better strength and stability to help with movement and co-ordination
- Trains the body and brain to perform more normal movements and postures
- Teaches the child new skills to improve function and independence
- Helps the child reach developmental milestones
- Teaches the child strategies to deal with abnormal movements or postures or to be able to tolerate different sensory inputs
- Reduces abnormal postures or patterns of movement to prevent contractures and deformities
- Helps parents understand the child's condition and the theory of therapy and provides tools and encouragement to help them continue with therapy
Physiotherapy for Children