We’re pleased to also offer services for infants, kids, and teens. Physios Lisa, Kush & Mitch work with and support dancers of all ages (see our Performing Arts Program information) and our Synergy Team also loves to work with young athletes for injury prevention and performance optimization.
As of January 2020, Physio Kyra joined our Team and she treats the following paediatric conditions:
- All Sports injuries (specializing in gymnastics/circus acrobatics)
- Growth and development related pain
- Torticollis & head shape (plagiocephaly/brachycephaly)
- Gross motor delay including infants
- Developmental coordination disorder
- Gait abnormalities including toe walking & in-toeing
- Chronic pain including complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Functional neurological disorders (often referred to as conversion disorders)
Growth and development related pain
During growth phases, children can experience pain in their muscles and joints. We address these factors and teach management strategies, exercise prescription and manual therapy to address the pain.
Torticollis is a condition where there is a tight muscle in an infant’s neck. The infant will likely have a preference to look to one side and may also have a flat side on the head (see plagiocephaly information). A physiotherapist can assess, diagnose, and provide a home exercise program to correct this condition.
Positional plagiocephaly means a flatness of one side of the infant’s skull and positional brachycephaly is a flatness of the whole back of the head. Positional plagiocephaly does not affect a child’s brain development or physical function.
Positional plagiocephaly results from external pressures on the soft infant skull during the gestation, labour and in the first 2 years of life. You may notice some minor facial asymmetries such as one ear appearing shifted more forward, a fuller cheek on one side, a bossing of the forehead on one side or a wider looking eye on one side. Treatment includes education on positional strategies, stretches, and strengthening as recommended by your physiotherapist to facilitate the natural rounding of the head.
Gross Motor Delay
For various reasons, some infants do not keep up with their same age peers when learning motor/physical milestones, for example, an infant that is struggling to learn to walk. Kyra can provide strategies and recommendations for parents to facilitate the development of these physical skills.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Developmental coordination disorder is a condition where a child may be falling behind compared to same age peers in their physical skills. Motor/physical impairments are not due to a neurological or delayed cognitive development. Treatment involves education, recommendations, problem-solving techniques, & home exercise programs.