Pediatric Physical Therapy encompasses treatment for individuals from birth to age eighteen and uses a combination of traditional physical therapy techniques along with appropriate manual therapies to ensure a well-rounded approach to your child’s wellness.
Pediatric Physical Therapy in our Nashville, TN practice is a collaboration with children and their families to provide the proper services to enhance a child’s ability to function independently and participate actively in home, school, and community environments. We provide a range of individualized treatments and services to maximize mobility, develop or restore function, alleviate pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
WHAT IS OUR MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Pediatric Physical Therapy care involves using evidence based research and clinical reasoning when establishing a plan of care for your child. The pediatric therapy in our Nashville, TN practice combines conservative Physical Therapy methods, advanced manual therapies from the Osteopathic tradition, and other cutting edge modalities of hands on therapies. This multidisciplinary approach to Pediatic Therapy will promote independence, facilitate fine and gross motor development, improve strength and endurance, and enhance learning potential.
WHY WOULD MY BABY OR CHILD NEED PEDIATRIC THERAPY?
In the field of Pediatric Therapy, the need for manual therapy or physical therapy is sometimes misunderstood as many people may question the need for treatment at such a young age. Patients will often ask me, “why would a baby need treatment so early?” and, “what could possibly be wrong with my baby if my doctor says my baby is healthy?” or even, “my baby seems uncomfortable but isn’t that just gas? My doctor said, “my child has growing pains or the symptoms must be psychological? How can you tell the difference between normal development and what is abnormal?”
Babies are exposed to so much during childbirth—even in natural childbirth a host of issues can arise—interventions such as vacuum assist, medications and c-sections, adverse child-birthing positions, and other adverse forces on their fragile systems. While OBGyn has come a long way, there really are no statistics of how many babies are being born with restrictions and strain patterns during childbirth, that may manifest into dysfunction early on or much later in life. Since CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle and non-invasive treatment, it is a powerful tool to assess the babies system early on and as a treatment to remove any strain patterns or tensions from childbirth. I treated my own child who was delivered via a vacuum-assisted birth and I’m grateful I was able to iron out some of those strain patterns in those first weeks of life.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON PEDIATRIC CONDITIONS TREATED AT OUR PRACTICE?
For adolescents experiencing: acute or chronic pain, repetitive strain from sports, headaches or migraines, digestive problems, postural or spinal misalignment issues, or even gross and fine motor challenges, our form of Pediatric Therapy can provide a gentle, non-invasive method to treat these conditions. These therapies can often work better than or in place of medications and even surgery in some cases, so it can be incredibly helpful when considering your healthcare options.