Children’s Physiotherapy

What is paediatric physiotherapy?

Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment and care of children aged from 0 to 17years.  Paediatric physiotherapy aims to minimise the effects of physical impairment and provide parents and care givers the knowledge and skills to optimise their child’s musculoskeletal development. The tricky bit? Making it fun and part of the family’s usual routine.


How is paediatric physiotherapist different to adult physiotherapist?

Paediatric physiotherapy is different to adult physiotherapy in a number of ways. This is because children are different to adults. They have immature nervous systems, muscles and bones. They are developing socially and psychologically. They have different motivators too. For example, babies are motivated by physical contact with their carer’s, toddlers are motivated by play, and older children have social motivators. A paediatric physio needs to use these motivators to engage the child in exercises and activities that address their problems. Moreover, it needs to be imaginative, engaging and ultimately fun!


How do I know my child needs to see a paediatric physiotherapist?

There are many reasons why a child visits a paediatric physio.
Sometimes it is simply to reassure parents and carers that their child is developing typically. Sometimes your child will have been referred for a specific problem.
The following is a list of some common concerns you may have about your baby or child

My baby

  • has a flat head or is a funny shape
  • only looks one way
  • feet are in a funny position
  • has dislocated hips and needs a harness
  • hates tummy time
  • does not use both sides of her body in the same way
  • feels stiff or floppy
  • is not rolling and she’s 7 months old
  • is not sitting and she’s 9 months old
  • is not attempting to stand up and she’s 12 months old
  • is not walking and she’s 18 months old


My child

  • walks with a limp
  • walks with his feet turned in or out
  • walk on his toes
  • is knock kneed or has bow legs
  • complains of leg or thigh pain
  • trips over constantly and seems more clumsy than his friends
  • is double jointed and gets tired easily
  • “W” sits and bottom shuffles

Do I need a referral to see a Paediatric Physiotherapist?

Your child does not need a referral to see a paediatric physiotherapist.
However your GP, paediatrician or adult physiotherapist may refer you.


Conditions that a paediatric physiotherapist can help with

  • Poor lower limb alignment
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Hypermobility
  • Low muscle tone
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Positional talipes and metatarsus adductus
  • Brachial plexus lesions
  • Developmental Dysplasia Hip (DDH) – fitting and monitoring growth in a harness
  • Delayed gross motor milestones
  • Plagiocephaly and torticollis
  • Prematurity 

Staff Profiles

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