PHYSIOTHERAPY

We offer 60-minute in clinic physiotherapy sessions. Our paediatric physiotherapists are specialised in assessing and treating paediatric conditions from birth through to adulthood.

At your initial appointment, we complete an individualised assessment of your child’ s presentation to determine the best course of treatment required.  We then develop a tailored treatment plan and goals in collaboration with your family. We provide active, hands-on therapy through play-based exercise to assist your child in pursuing their goals. Our clinic has a range of equipment to challenge your child’ s strength, balance, coordination, and endurance.

We also provide home exercise programs so that you child can continue to make gains outside of therapy sessions.

HYDROTHERAPY

We offer 60-minute hydrotherapy sessions at Ascot Vale Leisure Centre. The water medium provides a supportive environment to further progress gross motor skills and allow participation in standing and walking activities that may be too challenging on land.

The water can also be used to provide resistance which can challenge strength and balance, to improve muscle strength. The warm water temperature allows for easier facilitation of stretches which can be effective at improving muscle tightness, normalising tone, and relieving pain.

Our hydrotherapy sessions are facilitated by physiotherapists or allied health assistants depending on your child’s requirements. We can travel to other hydrotherapy locations within __.

KINDERGARTEN AND SCHOOL VISITS

We offer physiotherapy sessions at Kindergartens and schools to provide increased flexibility to families who may not be able to attend in clinic appointments.  We also help support to your child and staff by demonstrating manual handling and transfers, prescribing equipment, and environmental modifications. Our physiotherapists can also provide strategies to support daily therapy and exercise.

INTENSIVE THERAPY PROGRAM

Intensive therapy is defined as treatment which is provided three or more times per week.  Intensive therapy is a concept that promotes greater therapeutic effect, by participating in increased frequency and duration of therapy sessions.  This can allow for better skill acquisition and consolidation of learning, which can translate to improvements with gross motor skills and physical abilities.  Intensive therapy programs are individualised for each child’ s condition and dictated by each child’ s unique clinical needs.

Our intensive therapy program involves daily physiotherapy sessions over two to three weeks.  This program is located at our second clinic at 9 Moore Street, Moonee Ponds. Our Moore Street Clinic has a wide range of equipment including rock climbing wall, spider cage, supported treadmill walker, Pilate’s reformer, monkey bars and a flying fox.

EQUIPMENT PRESCRIPTION

We offer equipment assessments and trials to determine the most appropriate equipment for your child to help them achieve their goals.  This may include:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Walking Aids
  • Standing Frames
  • Adaptive Tricycles or Bicycles
  • Mobility Scooters
  • Adaptive Seating
  • Adaptive Strollers
  • Adaptive Car Seats

We organise trials in conjunction with equipment suppliers.  We also complete necessary application forms or letters as required.

ORTHOTICS

We complete lower limb and biomechanics assessments using the NAS technique.  From this assessment, we can use orthotics to treat lower limb postural conditions.  We can customise and mould orthotics to tailor each child’s needs. Conditions that may benefit from customised orthotics include:

  • Gross pronation or supination of the feet
  • In-toeing
  • Out-toeing
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Patella Maltracking
  • Osgood Schlatters
  • Severs Disease
  • Metatarsalgia

BABY MASSAGE

As an adjunct to Paediatric physiotherapy treatment, massage may be provided where appropriate, to neonates and babies.  Baby massage can be effective at reducing muscle tension and tone and prompting increase range of movement and muscle activation.

Baby massage is primarily provided for babies who present with a sternomastoid tumour, torticollis (wry neck), and plagiocephaly (flat head spot).  However, it can also be effective for babies with shoulder and leg movement restrictions or trunk asymmetry.

Our paediatric physiotherapists incorporate baby massage into treatments as indicated and can demonstrate to parents so that it can be continued at home.

Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre also provides Baby Massage Workshops to new mother’s groups and is extending this opportunity with current workshops.

Workshops are run on an as needed basis. Please contact Paediatric Physiotherapy Centre for your new mother’s group workshop. Each workshop participant will be provided with a Baby Massage workbook and products to get you started.

It is a highly practical workshop which will also have discussion on gross motor milestones. Places limited to 10.

Individual baby massage sessions are also provided.

You will need to telephone on 0412 880 528 or 9372 0536 or email at admin@paediatricphysiotherapycentre.com  to book into the Baby Massage Workshop.

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