A look at pediatric physiotherapy and chiropractic!

Published by : | October 3 2019

When to consult a professional for your child’s motor development?

It is always possible to consult a professional for prevention. Here are some signs that your child might benefit from a consultation:

  • Nursing is difficult.
  • Lifting his head during ‘tummy time’ after 3 months is difficult.
  • He still holds his fists closed after 4 months.
  • He does not tolerate the ventral position more than a few seconds at 4 months old.
  • He does not bring his feet to his mouth at 6 months old.
  • He does not roll at 7 months old.
  • He does not sit at 8 months old.
  • He is sitting with a rounded back at 8 months old.
  • He does not crawl at 8 months old.
  • He does not walk on 4 legs at 10 months old or still prefers to move sliding on the buttocks.
  • He does not get up by grabbing the furniture at 10 months old.
  • He does not walk at 15 months old.
  • He does not jump at 2 years old.
  • He does not climb the stairs with alternating feet at 4 years old.

What is chiropractic for children?

Chiropractic treatments are adapted to the age and condition of the patient. It is a manual therapy that treats neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. The chiropractic adjustment of a newborn is done gently and safely, with techniques specifically adapted to babies / children, to treat it’s joint, muscle or nerve disorders.

What is physiotherapy for children?

Physiotherapy treatments emphasize the importance of having good joint mobility and muscle flexibility as well as symmetrical and fluid movements. To achieve optimal motor development, your child must experience a good variety of movements and it is the physiotherapist’s duty to help your child move well!

Conditions that can benefit from an interdisciplinary intervention in pediatric chiropractic and physiotherapy:

  • Congenital torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly (flat head)
  • Motor development delay
  • Hypotonia (baby is flaccid)
  • Hypertonia (baby is stiff and does not move much)
  • Postural or motor asymmetry
  • Postural or scoliosis disorder
  • Sitting posture in “W”
  • Gait disturbance (tiptoe, external rotation / duck, internal rotation, etc.)
  • Growth pains
  • Frequent falls
  • Brachial plexus involvement
  • Musculoskeletal involvement
  • Neurological impairment
  • Sports injuries or sprains
  • Prevention / Overall Assessment
  • Etc.

The interdisciplinary intervention in pediatric chiropractic and physiotherapy is a winnig combination!

By Stéphanie-Beaudry-Séguin, chiropractor, et Julie Lamare, pediatric physiotherapist 

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