WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Physiotherapy is the physical treatment and management of a disease or condition, which enables people to reach their maximum physical potential.
Physiotherapists help to ensure that their patients lead as fulfilling a life as possible by advising children, families, carers and school staff about how the condition affects physical development and making them aware of some of the possible ways in which they can help them.
Now, what happens after my child is referred to physiotherapy, right?
Well here we go. The physiotherapist will contact you to make an appointment. At the first appointment they will:
Conduct a parent interview
Conduct formal and informal assessments of your child
Discuss with you any areas of concern that are found
What are the possible options after the first appointment?
If there are any areas of concern are identified that could benefit from physiotherapy, the physiotherapist uses any of the following methods to help with the areas of concern:
Develop a therapy programme
Make equipment suggestions
Help your child be integrated into typical childhood activities
What has Physiotherapy got to do with MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY?
In case of MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY, the physiotherapist will help to:
Minimise the development of contractures and deformities through a programme of stretches and appropriate exercises
Anticipate and minimise any secondary physical complications
Identify and prescribe aids and equipment (Orthosis, Calipers, Wheelchairs and Standing frames, for example)
Advise on moving and handling issues
Monitor respiratory function and advice on techniques to assist with breathing exercises and methods of clearing secretions
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