Our paediatric physiotherapy team consists of physiotherapists and therapy assistants who work with children aged 0-19 years. Paediatric physiotherapists work with babies, children and young people to develop their muscle strength, balance, coordination and motor skills with an aim to promote independence and to help children and young people to participate and enjoy life.

A physiotherapist has an understanding of:

  • typical child development
  • mile stones
  • typical and atypical movement patterns
  • common childhood conditions and how this affects child's well being
  • multidisciplinary working with other professionals e.g. occupational therapists, speech and language therapists
  • postural management and equipment requirements for children with additional needs

Paediatric physiotherapists work closely with each child or young person and their family, education, social care and other health care professionals. There is a shared responsibility for meeting children and young people's needs. Our physiotherapists recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents and carers to maximise a child's physical abilities and independence.

Physiotherapists work in clinics, nurseries, schools, family homes and any other locations depending on needs of the child or young person.

We believe in patient centred approach and work with parents/cares to achieve shared goals. Our treatment is based upon an assessment of the child's needs. This will be personalised exercise programmes, prescribing equipment/ orthoses, recommendations, sign posting to other relevant mainstream activities e.g. swimming/gym. Educating parents and other professionals (e.g. portage/teaching assistant) is one of the key aspects of treatment.

Conditions treated

Paediatric physiotherapists may be involved with a wide range of conditions including:

  • neuromuscular disorders e.g. muscular dystrophies
  • neurological conditions e.g. cerebral palsy, head injuries
  • Congenital disorders e.g. spina bifida, limb deficiencies
  • delayed movement development
  • conditions where mobility is affected e.g. oncology
  • congenital syndromes

Young persons Pilates group

The Pilates group is run by a Physiotherapist and a Gym Instructor, both qualified in teaching Pilates. It takes place in the gym at MCH House (MCH House, Bailey Drive, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0PZ) every Friday afternoon at 4.30pm.

We encourage children to engage in local leisure facilities/ classes, however there is often not any provision for Under 16s.  This class is available to all children aged 10 years and over, and provides and safe and comprehensive tuition in Pilates.

The aim of Pilates is to work on retraining the correct activation of the deep abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles. If you know a child in year 6 who finds PE  difficult, cannot attend to lessons without having to prop themselves up or is very uncoordinated and clumsy, then you may consider recommending this group to parents. Pilates is a great foundation for improving general strength and fitness. Once the core muscle groups have regained full strength and balance, the body works more efficiently.

Any child can attend for a competitive price of £5 per session, no referral is necessary. To book a place parents should ring us at Snapdragons Centre on 0300 123 5005.

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