Strength and Fitness
Weakness and poor overall fitness has many causes. This can include poor balance, coordination, and weak postural muscles to name a few. These children require skilled physical therapists to help design programs that will challenge but not cause injury. Weakness and decreased fitness can be addressed in a number of ways but with children the safest and most effective programs incorporate "play". It is through "play" that children grow stronger, improve balance and coordination as well as ramp up their overall fitness levels. A skilled physical therapist can design "play activities" to encourage the movement of weaker muscle groups. For example, a child can climb a ladder to a slide, or "march" in a pretend band or sit and strengthen his or her thigh muscles. We work with you and your child to create "play activities" that your child will enjoy and safely perform over and over again in the clinic, at home and in other appropriate settings.