Physiotherapy

Overview

Physiotherapy aims to help an individual optimise and develop one’s mobility, function and independence.

In Olive Tree, we provide paediatric physiotherapy to children between 0-7 years old. Treatment will aim to develop the prerequisite skills needed to independently participate in daily life activities:

Prerequisites skills are:
  • Body stability or postural control (head, trunk and pelvic control)
  • Body balance and coordination
  • Muscle strength
  • Muscle tone
  • Range of motion
  • Developmental mobility skills
  • Integration of reflexes

Physiotherapy benefits those with:

Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries

  • Back and joint pain
  • Postural problems
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Gait abnormality
  • Hypermobility

Orthopaedic Conditions

  • Fractures
  • Positional talipes
  • Erb's palsy
  • Torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Perthes
  • Before and after surgery, including multilevel surgery for cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions, SUFE's

Neurological Conditions

  • Genetic syndromes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Brain tumors
  • Neuromuscular conditions (e.g. duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy

Developmental Conditions

  • Developmental delay
  • Preterm and premature babies

Respiratory Conditions

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Children with long-term ventilation

Assessment

The Physiotherapist will observe the child’s movement, posture, strength and tone of the upper and lower limbs, as well as movement in the joints. From the assessment, a specific treatment programme will then be tailored to the child’s individual needs and goals. It is essential that treatment is age-appropriate and fun to ensure good compliance and to enable integration into the child’s daily routine.

Below is a list of assessment procedures that the Physiotherapist conducts in the clinic:
  • Ocular inspection
  • Palpation
  • Range of motion
  • The integrity of muscle and joints
  • Balance and tolerance
  • Postural Control
  • Anthropometric Measurements
  • Testing of reflexes

Intervention

Physiotherapy aims to help an individual optimise and develop one’s mobility, function and independence.

In Olive Tree, we provide paediatric physiotherapy to children between 0-7 years old. Treatment will aim to develop the prerequisite skills needed to independently participate in daily life activities:

We provide the following types of intervention in our Physiotherapy program:

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) Techniques, a group of functional treatment approaches based on the principles of neuroplasticity
Gait Training
Hands-on facilitation technique for developing movement pattern
Postural awareness exercises
Manual Therapy to manipulate soft tissue and joint
Use of therapeutic modality
Use of strengthening exercise (functional and progressive resistive exercises)
Use of strengthening exercise (functional and progressive resistive exercises)
Specialist stretching exercises for the child's condition
Assessment and recommendation for assistive and adaptive devices needed, such as splints or walking aid