Physical therapy is a skilled intervention that focuses primarily, but not solely, on relieving pain, promoting healing, restoring function and movement, and facilitation and adaptation associated with injury and disability.
Pediatric therapy helps children learn to successfully and independently perform gross motor skills (running, jumping, hopping) and functional mobility skills (ambulation, stair climbing, wheelchair mobility, transfers). 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.
A physical therapist is a licensed healthcare professional who utilizes various treatment interventions to maximize an individual’s movement and overall function. In pediatrics, a physical therapist helps children reach their full potential in the performance of gross motor and functional mobility skills. A therapist may work with a child who has a specific health impairment/disease, poor coordination, decreased muscle strength, muscle tone, or flexibility, delayed achievement of motor milestones, or following an injury.
Your child/infant may benefit from physical therapy if:
All of our physical therapists hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited physical therapy program. Each therapist must pass a national accreditation exam and attain an Illinois state license. Continuing education is required for renewal of the Illinois license every two years.
Attending continuing education courses is very important to our therapists as it allows us to provide the best possible care to the child. Based on courses that we have attended we are able to offer a variety of treatment techniques including: Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT), Kinesio Taping®, TheraTogs™, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Myofascial Release, Stabilizing Pressure Input Orthosis (SPiO), sensory integration techniques and the use of the LiteGait® for partial weight bearing gait training. In addition, our physical therapists are now offering aquatic therapy.