SSPC Southern Suburbs Physio | Paediatric and Developmental Physiotherapy
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Paediatric and Developmental Physiotherapy

SSPC is now offering specialised paediatric physiotherapy at both our Parkdale and East Bentleigh clinics.

What is Paediatric and Developmental Physiotherapy?

Paediatric physiotherapy is aimed at developing children from birth through to 18 years of age. It covers neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory functions and seeks to optimise movement and participation of the child within their environment. Common conditions include flat spots and preferences to turn to one side in babies, delay in physical development or lack of co-ordination in babies through to school age and general musculoskeletal injuries, growth pains and postural load pain as many adults experience. The field of paediatric is highly specialised with the focus largely on restoring normal movement and return to activity while enabling parents to help and promote wellness through their treatment.

All children grow and develop at different rates and while we have guidelines to assess function and movement, there is a huge amount of variation across each individual. We strive to educate and reassure parents, while providing practical and achievable tasBaby at the doctorks to promote function. Treatment is specific to each child and our physiotherapist will seek to outline a management plan from the initial session, referring to other services where clinically indicated.

When should you consider an Assessment for your child?

“When should I bring my child in?” is a question we get asked quite frequently. While we also welcome referrals, our services are available to anyone with concerns. Some instances that we suggest you seek further advice for include:

Your child is not tolerating tummy time by 4 months
Your child is not sitting independently by 9 months (including getting in and out of this position)
Your child is not pulling to stand by 12 months
Your child is not walking by 18 months
Your baby is developing a flat spot on their head (Particularly before 6 months)
Your child has a preference to turn their head one way (Particularly before 6 months)
Your child preferentially walks on their toes
Your child is not meeting physical milestones as expected
Your child is experiencing suspected growth pains
Your child has suffered any musculoskeletal injury such as rolled ankles or twisted elbows from falls

More information

If you have any questions or would like some more information as to whether paediatric physiotherapy is relevant for  your child, please do not hesitate to contact Zoe at Parkdale on zoe@sspc.com.au or Kirsty at East Bentleigh on physio@sspc.com.au. Or call either clinic to book an appointment to see one of them.

We work closely with you and carry out research to understand your needs and wishes.