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Physiotherapy



NAPA Centre Australia offers specialised and individual physiotherapy programs to both children and young adults who have neurological and developmental delays, struggle with skills such as balance and coordination, to delayed gross motor skills such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, running and jumping. We also work with children with physical impairments related to hearing and vision. Our clients have a broad range of neurological conditions and presentations.NAPA has an internationally recognised early intervention and intensive physiotherapy program for children. Our therapists understand the complexity of how the body learns to move, especially when it has had a compromised beginning.

 

Physiotherapy can be of benefit to your child if he/she is experiencing or has experienced:

  • Prematurity or traumatic birth
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Near drowning
  • Delays in developmental milestones
  • Hypotonia (weakness, low tone)
  • Hypertonia (tightness, high tone)
  • Dystonia (changing tone)
  • Gross and fine motor incoordination
  • Motor planning difficulties
  • Gait difficulties
  • Orthotic concerns
  • Torticolis/Wry Neck (head tilt)
  • Joint pain
  • Flat feet
  • Frequent falls, poor balance and coordination
  • Sensory challenges
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Neurological condition

Physiotherapy services for children can help improve a child’s:

  • Range of Motion – how far a joint can bend or straighten
  • Strength – strength against gravity, core strength, head control
  • Balance – ability to maintain balance (tilting and righting responses) and to keep oneself from falling (protective responses)
  • Reflexes – automatic responses seen particularly in infants (palmar grasp, positive support, asymmetrical tonic neck reflex [ATNR] and labyrinthine)
  • Posture – alignment of the body in various positions
  • Tone – natural resistance in a muscle (increased tone is stiffness and decreased tone is floppiness)
  • Motor skills – such as rolling or sitting, though to walking and jumping
  • Improved gait
  • Pain reduction
  • Improved communication

Physiotherapy services for children include:

  • Stretching and strengthening activities and exercises to increase a child’s range of motion and quality of movement
  • Establishing or reshaping movement patterns to follow typical development
  • Improving balance and equilibrium skills
  • Improving postural control
  • Gait training (walking)
  • Evaluating the need for adaptive equipment and orthopaedic devices
  • Helping parents understand ways to play and interact with their children to stimulate good quality movement patterns in the home environment.

At NAPA we know how to challenge the child in a loving environment, pushing their performance and helping them achieve new developmental milestones.

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