What is Physiotherapy?
A paediatric physiotherapist has expertise in anatomy and physiology, as well as an expert understanding of child development, and uses this to assess and treat children with a variety of health conditions.
Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment of musculoskeletal issues, developmental issues, and other injuries in children, it focuses on problems that may inhibit the motor function and movement of children as they grow.
Who can access Physiotherapy?
Our Physiotherapists work with people of all ages. Developmental issues in babies and toddlers could actually be the result of physical issues and musculoskeletal problems, so early intervention is recommended as the sooner we work to correct developmental issues, the easier they can be resolved.
What does Physiotherapy at Hessel Group look like?
Our Physiotherapists specialise in the assessment and treatment of infants and children and can assist in many aspects of your child’s physical and neurological development. We can assist in developing a play-based intervention program to help your child achieve the best outcomes.
Treatment aims to optimise the health, well-being, and abilities of each child to enable them to move and participate in everyday activities, like playing, learning, going to school, and being part of a family and community.
Assessments in pediatric care can be more thorough than with adult practices. With adults, there is a clear idea of a problem due to the injury or a referral from a doctor.
Physiotherapists support to children, young people, and adults with:
- Gross motor skills
- Concerns about movement
- Coordination issues
- Pain relief
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Orthopaedic issues
- Developmental challenges
- And much more, click here for more information
A treatment plan will present you with a range of possible solutions e.g. a clear action plan of exercises or equipment and assistive technology to correct the alignment of muscles or posture.
How long are sessions?
Therapy sessions are typically 1 hour in duration. Sessions can occur as frequently as required, but in most cases, this is either weekly or fortnightly.
People of all ages are eligible to have this service.
You may either choose to have these sessions occur in our clinic, the Aquatic Centre, the client’s home, educational facility or workplace.
Nathan holds a Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of South Australia. He has experience in the disability sector through his extended study in paediatrics, and thoroughly enjoys working with individuals living with physical, intellectual and developmental disability.
His main interests include exercise-based therapy, play-based therapy and hydrotherapy to help improve the functional capacity of his clients in collaboration with their families. As well as practicing in this field, Nathan also works in sports injury as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.