Physiotherapy sessions focus on helping your child participate in their day-to-day functional activities such as moving around, getting dressed, sitting steady at their school desk, joining in sport and participating in family walks and bike rides.
Our Physiotherapists are qualified and highly experienced in helping babies, children and adolescents up to the age of 18 years with a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders.
Your child might benefit from physiotherapy if they:
- Feel ‘floppy’ or ‘stiff’ when holding
- Aren’t tolerating ‘tummy time’ well by 4 months of age
- Were born prematurely (before 34 weeks gestation)
- Have a flat spot on their head or prefer to look to one side only
- Have a delay in achieving physical milestones
- Are not sitting by 9 months
- Are not trying to stand up by 12 months
- Are not walking by 18 months
- Are bottom shuffling and you would like some further advice
- Have an unusual walk or foot posture
- Have clumsiness with running, jumping or ball skills
- Have aches or pains with activity or rest
- Need help with recovery after injury or surgery to improve strength, movement, function and independence
- Have problems with balance, posture, coordination and general motor skills
- Have joint, muscle or nerve problems that are causing weakness or pain
- Have weight and fitness issues
- Have sports injuries
Physiotherapists often work with children with neuro-developmental or physical disabilities like Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, ASD and genetic syndromes to help them develop or maintain physical and motor skills. They can also screen children for developmental conditions like scoliosis and muscular dystrophy.
Cobaw offers aquatic physiotherapy or hydrotherapy:
Aquatic physiotherapy sessions are aimed at helping your child achieve their everyday functional activities in a pool. We use the Kyneton and Gisborne Aquatic centres and we:
- Practise swim safer skills every session (e.g. floating, holding breath)
- Practice specific water safety skills to develop a child’s functional land goals e.g. increasing their range of movement, trunk control, breathing control, balance and coordination
- Help your child develop confidence in their ability to move. For some children, this is the first environment where they have been able to independently move around.
Aquatic therapy helps develop social, communication and play skills, and in transitioning to swimming lessons.
We first do an initial physiotherapy assessment at our centre in Woodend to understand your child’s goals, history, movement patterns, and to develop a treatment plan with you. We also complete a risk assessment so we can make a plan to manage any health or behaviour risks during our session.
No referral is need. Call 1300 026 229 for an appointment.