What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy helps children move and function to the best of their ability, when they have been affected by injury, illness, developmental delay or other disability.
Physiotherapy can be advice or a hands-on approach that ensures the child is positioned well to carry out activities and exercises. This gives the child an opportunity to become aware of new movement patterns which they may not otherwise use.
Who are we?
We have a wide range of knowledge of childhood conditions and expertise in child development across the 0-19 age group. We work together with our trained Physiotherapy Technical Instructors to provide a comprehensive service. We are supported by administrators who help the team to run smoothly and efficiently.
Where do we work?
We may visit children and young people at home or at their nursery or school. Or we may ask for them to come to see us at a local hospital, Health centre or Children’s centre.
We see children across the whole of Oxfordshire, and will see you as close to your home as possible
Who do we work with?
There are many children who may benefit from physiotherapy and we are able to help with a wide range of conditions.
We primarily treat children and young people with physical disabilities of neurological origin who are aged 0-18 years.
We work closely with other professionals, parents/carers, and staff at schools and nursery’s to ensure that the child’s physical abilities are maximised.
What do we do?
We help babies, children and young people to develop their gross motor skills to the best of their ability. All physiotherapy treatment is based on an assessment of the needs of the child. We assess:
- Strength and co-ordination.
- Motor development.
- Posture and balance.
- Quality of movement.
Following an assessment any treatment advised will be fully discussed with the child and their family and therapy goals will be agreed jointly.
Families are expected to be fully involved with delivering physiotherapy for their child where on-going physiotherapy input is needed
Physiotherapy may include one or more of the following:
- Training and advice for parents/carers and other people involved with the child (teaching assistants for example).
- Providing exercise programmes.
- Assessment for specialist equipment.
- Involvement with educational and transition planning.
- Direct therapy.
Page last reviewed: 12 August, 2021