When many people think of physical therapy, they tend to think of surgical rehabilitation or geriatric specialties. While these are both important areas of physical therapy, our services are not only limited to the elderly or surgical patients looking for pain relief and functional improvement. In fact, it is common for issues to occur in early childhood that can seriously impede further development, socialization, or physical function. When this happens, pediatric physical therapy can help.
If you’re concerned that your child may be suffering from an issue that is impacting their quality of life, you’ll be relieved to know that our licensed Portland, OR in-home physical therapists at Redefining Health Physical Therapy can help children overcome their physical barriers. Contact our office today to request an in-home physical therapy appointment and discover how our services can help benefit your child.
Common pediatric conditions we treat:
You may be wondering, “How can I tell if my child needs this?” It is a common question we receive from concerned parents, and understandably so. If your child has never received a formal diagnosis of a major health problem from a pediatric physician or demonstrated any obvious symptoms of a problem, it can be difficult to determine if they’d be a strong candidate for our services.
Some common pediatric conditions we treat at Redefining Health Physical Therapy include:
- Constipation. Constipation is a common issue among children due to growing bodies and digestive tracts. This can sometimes be a source of embarrassment in young patients, but physical therapy can help. We use techniques such as visceral manipulation (gentle manual therapy for your organs), specialized core training including pelvic floor rehabilitation to help mobilize the organ systems, normalize muscle tone in the pelvic and anal areas, and engage the deep core. Each of these techniques can help relieve and eliminate constipation. We can also provide you and your child with nutritional resources to help streamline digestion and alleviate constipation.
- Gastritis. Gastritis occurs when there is inflammation in the lining of the stomach. There are many reasons why gastritis can occur, including a bacterial infection, changes in diet, or anxiety. Visceral manipulation (gentle manual therapy for the organ systems) and nutritional advice can help alleviate the symptoms of gastritis, in addition to specialized core training exercises to help with digestion. If anxiety is a factor, our physical therapists can also provide relaxation techniques including specific manual therapy for anxiety.
- Persistent Vomiting. Vomiting is also a common condition in pediatric patients. When it becomes persistent, physical therapy can be helpful. Vomiting may be a symptom of another condition, such as reflux or gastritis, but there are other physical and environmental factors that can result in vomiting, as well. We can help get to the root cause of persistent vomiting and help your child find relief.
- Infant Reflux & Infant Colic. At Redefining Health Physical Therapy, we do not only treat children; we treat infants, as well. An infant with reflux or colic can be challenging and worrisome, but physical therapy can help. We can provide gentle manual therapy techniques for your infant as well as treatments and nutritional advice that you can do to help soothe your distressed infant.
Contact us today:
At Redefining Health Physical Therapy, our treatment methods are holistic, conservative and non-invasive, aimed at relieving pain, promoting healing, and improving function as needed. Our highly trained pediatric physical therapists incorporate specialized methods into their treatment plans to help your child receive the best possible treatment for his or her condition.
Contact us today to request an in-home physical therapy appointment and get started on the path toward helping your child live a pain-free and functional life!