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Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric Physio Services for Infants & Children of All Ages

We see kids too! From newborns to adolescents, sometimes kids need physio treatment as well.

Infant Physiotherapy Helps Treat the Following Conditions

  • Newborn positional foot deformities (metatarsus adductus, positional talipes equinovalgus, and talipes calcaneovaglus)
  • Positional head and neck deformities (plagiocephaly and torticollis)
  • Promoting development of gross motor skills

*Please note that we are not equipped for any casting in our clinic.

Children’s Physio Treatments Help Treat the Following Conditions:

  • Mild-moderate joint hypermobility
  • Post operative orthopaedic care
  • Growth related pains (Osgood Schlatters, Severs)
  • Sports injuries
  • Any other neck, shoulder, hip, knee, back, ankle pain

Children’s Continence Physiotherapist Treatments for Bladder & Bowel Control

Most children gain bladder and bowel control by the ages of 4-5. Many however, have ongoing issues with bladder or bowel dysfunction.

Our infant and child physios have undergone extra training to be able to effectively assess, diagnose and treat continence issues in children of various ages….

including, but not limited to: 

  • Day time wetting
  • Night time wetting
  • Urinary urgency and/or frequency
  • Giggle incontinence
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Constipation
  • Faecal incontinence (soiling)

A continence physiotherapy assessment involves getting a detailed history about the child’s home life, school/kindy life, diet, fluid intake, exercise, medical history. During the assessment, the continence physiotherapist will often talk directly to the child, to try and get them to tell their story, and to develop rapport.

We often then get parent/guardian to fill in any blanks. It is ok if your child gets distracted during the appointment- we get it! It’s really boring for a young kid! We have some toys and books for them to sit and play with if needed, while we talk to the parent/guardian, and then get back to the child when appropriate.

Internal assessments are NOT performed for children. To assess, we often use the ultrasound machine on the lower tummy to look at the bladder and bowel, and may also palpate the child’s abdomen, back and hip muscles. A thorough explanation will be given, and consent gained, before undertaking any assessment.

Early intervention for children‘s continence issues is best, which can prevent the issues from escalating and causing unnecessary stress for the family, and possible social, emotional, behavioural and self-esteem issues for the child.


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