Why Go Physio


Why might my Child need Physiotherapy?



All children develop at different rates and this is never more apparent than when your friends have kids of a similar age. However, you could be concerned that your child is slower reaching their developmental milestones or that they don’t seem to be able to progress past a certain activity.
Although developmental delay can occur due to prematurity or following a long illness, often no reason is found. Regardless of the cause, babies and children respond extremely well to methods of positioning and play designed to improve stability, balance, and movement. At Go Physio, a full assessment of your child will be carried out, looking at where the difficulties are. You will then be shown how to carry out specific therapy activities at home and will be provided with all advice printed out and in a folder, with copies of activity sheets available for carers and nurseries.



As a child’s walking develops, some may experience awkwardness making them look a bit different or causing them to be unsteady and to fall frequently. In most cases, these problems resolve naturally with time and maturity. However, if you find that your child is continuing to experience difficulties, Lara will assess them thoroughly from head to toe to rule out any underlying problems. Occasionally there can be a muscular imbalance, problems with core stability or joint alignment. If required, a program of activities can be devised to be carried out at home, with the focus on improving muscle strength and re-educating the walking pattern. If necessary, footwear and the need for shoe inserts can be discussed.


Bones, Muscles and Joint Disorders

There are many childhood conditions that can cause joint pain, tightness, reduced movement or muscle weakness. Just some of these commonly treated at Go Physio are:

  * Torticollis (wry neck)
  * Post fracture or trauma
  * Rehab. following conditions such as Severs disease, Perthes, Osgood Schlatters etc
  * Hyper mobility syndrome


A thorough assessment at Go Physio will get straight to the root of the problem, identifying the areas requiring work. In many cases improvement can be made through a simple but specialised program of activities and exercise.


Brain and Spinal Chord

If your child has any of the following conditions:


  * Cerebral Palsy
  * Spina Bifida
  * Spinal cord injuries
  * Acquired brain injury


then they will require on-going assessment and therapy to ensure that they reach their full potential and do not encounter any further difficulties as they grow.

Once the treatment goals have been agreed; your child, yourself and Lara will then work together to achieve the best results through a specialised and individual program of movement, positioning, and play. If you already have a physiotherapist working with your child and are just looking for a period of increased input then Lara can liaise with your therapist to ensure that goals are shared and communication open.


Down's Syndrome

Children and babies with Down’s syndrome can vary widely in their abilities. Common difficulties that interfere with physical development are decreased muscle tone and strength, and laxity of joints, especially at the hips. Physiotherapy is an important way to address the physical problems unique to Down’s syndrome children. Although input may not be able to speed up the rate of your child’s development, it will ensure that the correct movement patterns are adopted. This will prevent functional and structural problems in later life.
Through enjoyable activities and play that will motivate and engage your child, Lara will work with you to improve your child’s strength, tone, and patterns of movement. Input can begin at any point after 8-10 weeks and can be in tandem with current physiotherapy provision, with your therapists’ agreement.


Coordination Difficulties

If your child has difficulties coordinating gross motor activities such as jumping, hopping, climbing, riding a bicycle or scooter, playing football or swimming then they may have developmental coordination disorder or dyspraxia. Children with these conditions can vary in their abilities but often have sensory or fine motor difficulties also. In the majority of cases, physiotherapy can be of great benefit by targeting areas of muscular weakness and instability with a program of strengthening, while also working on refining movement patterns and gross motor skills.