PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES
Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) is a technique used to treat children with motor delay by improving automatic postural responses and promoting progress towards developmental milestones. The goal of DMI is to provoke a specified active motor response from the child in response to defined dynamic exercises prescribed by the therapist. This comprehensive intervention incorporates current research on neurorehabilitation, technologies, and methodologies. DMI stimulates neuroplasticity to facilitate new neuronal connections and development of motor milestones. Regardless of level of cognition and extent of neurological deficit or damage, affected children benefit from DMI motor intervention as it pertains to stimulating neuroplasticity in the developing brain.
Hippotherapy is a unique approach to rehabilitation using the movement of a horse. It is carried out by specially trained therapists and offers many benefits to a child’s motor, perceptual and cognitive ability. The horses back serves as a dynamic treatment surface where the therapist can place the child in different positions to get a desired outcome. It is done in a beautiful outdoor setting, with horses that are carefully selected and with a team that is ready to help.
Gait Training utilises a range of methods including weights, treadmill and walking frames to assist with graduated weight bearing, postural corrections, targeted training of coordination and balance. These methods allow us to target improvements to symmetrical walking patterns, increase in speed, stride length, endurance, speed and level of assistance required. For many children it is also one of the few methods for building cardiovascular fitness and improving bone density through weight bearing.
WHO DO WE TREAT?
WHO DO WE TREAT?
Premature babies (<36 weeks gestational age) or low birth weight babies (<1500g)
Newborn babies having difficulty turning their heads
Newborn babies not tolerating tummy time
Babies having flat spots on the back or side of their heads, especially after 7 weeks old
Babies who have difficulty with rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
Toddlers with pigeon toes, bow legs, in-rolling ankles, toe walkers and knock knees.
Children who have difficulties with coordination, balance, walking and running
Frequent falls, poor balance and coordination
Children and tweens who have any sports related injuries
Children with poor posture or children who complain of frequent muscular pain