NAPA Center is a world-renowned pediatric physical therapy clinic, offering intensive sessions worldwide in addition to traditional weekly therapy at our four US clinics (Los Angeles, Boston, Austin, & Denver) and our two Australian clinics (Sydney & Melbourne). This blog discusses the importance of pediatric physical therapy. To learn more about pediatric PT at NAPA, visit our program page here.
There are considerable advantages when undergoing pediatric physical therapy that may not only benefit a child physically, but mentally too.
Physical therapy helps children learn to successfully and independently perform gross motor skills and functional mobility skills.
As a child begins to successfully develop these skills, it creates a greater form of independence that helps contribute to achieving a higher sense of self-esteem. Though physical therapy for children provides a safer form of development and strengthening, it is also capable of being an essential preventative measure.
Physical therapy also helps young athletes in preventing injury by addressing any muscle imbalance or weakness as well as help them to return to play after injury. A variety of treatment interventions are used including: developmental activities, therapeutic exercise, balance and coordination activities, adaptive play activities, mobility training, safety and prevention programs, and activities to promote overall wellness.
You are probably asking yourself, what are the main benefits that come with pediatric physical therapy? We have listed below the essentials involved in our services, the benefits that come with it and the experience your child will get.
Physical therapy rehabilitation is extremely important after an injury and there is no question that those who go through physical therapy end up in much better shape in the long run and return to full activity much sooner. Oftentimes, it’s crucial for individuals who have undergone a surgery or suffered an injury to receive rehabilitative physical therapy services to regain the level of activity they had in the past. Because of this, it is very important to take any type of physical therapy with the utmost of importance.
NAPA pediatric physical therapists will work closely with you to identify your child’s goals. Common physical therapy goals for children include:
Your child may benefit from physical therapy if:
Pediatric physical therapy is essentially various workouts and exercises that focus on certain muscles and movements, which are aimed at strengthening muscles and tendons. Physical therapy is very similar to going to the gym and working with a personal trainer, although the physical therapists that your child will work with are specifically trained and experienced in pediatric diagnoses and injuries. It is extremely important for children to follow their physical therapy routine as closely as they can, due to the fact that they are growing while they are likely going through the process of recovery. The fact that they are growing means that it is even more important to address any concerns within a timely manner.
At NAPA Center, we provide the best pediatric physical therapy techniques and tools from around the world, including CME, SpiderCage, NeuroSuit, Redcord, and Trexo Robotics. We take an individualized approach to therapy because we understand that each child is unique with very specific needs. We embrace differences with an understanding that individualized programs work better. For this reason, no two therapeutic programs are alike and we offer multidisciplinary treatments integrating physical, occupational, speech, and feeding therapy. If your child needs our services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals. Let your child’s journey begin today by contacting us to learn more.