Exercises & Stretching
Traditional exercises for core and extremity strengthening, spinal stabilization, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, and postural alignment. In pediatrics, these mundane exercise routines are transformed with use of toys, games, or your child's passion. For example, holding a glute bridge is a lot more fun when toy cars and trucks are zooming underneath!
Therapy / Peanut Ball
Therapy balls and peanut balls activate core muscle to build strength, endurance, and promote postural control mechanisms for safety and stability.
Obstacle courses are designed to promote motor planning, coordination, body and safety awareness, balance, and strength using household items or exercise equipment. Children love to create obstacle courses to go on "rescue missions" or incorporate movement into a board games or puzzles. Some common components of obstacle courses include stairs, balance beams, hurdles, and stepping stones.
Standing on a balance disc or even just a couch cushion to create a dynamic, unstable surface challenges postural control and stability. Incorporating balance equipment with your child's favorite game or toy by performing squat-to-stand repetitions or reaching in various directions works muscles all the way from the feet, legs, and core to maintain balance.
Throwing, catching, and kicking balls not only promote reciprocal play with peers, but also work on all foundational skills of movement including weight shifting, bilateral coordination, balance and stability, muscle grading control, and strength.
Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
NDT is an individualized, hands-on treatment approach that facilitates targeted muscle activation with guided and specific movements pattern in a repeated experience in order to initiate motor learning principles to improve gross motor function and postural control.
Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on technique that involves a gentle, sustained pressure into a restricted zone of myofascial connective tissue that surrounds and support the muscles throughout the body to eliminate pain and restore motion. This technique should be paired with active strengthening and range of motion of the restricted area to improve muscle imbalances and postural alignment.
Joint mobilizations are a skilled technique that aim to create passive movement and range of motion towards a specific direction within a restricted joint capsule in order to improve movement patterns and joint function. This technique is used to decrease pain or increase joint mobility to improve daily function.
Soft Tissue Massage
Soft tissue mobilization is a hands-on manual therapy technique used on muscles, ligaments, and fascia in order to optimize muscle function. Soft tissue mobilization aims to prevent adhesions, improve range of motion, lengthen muscles and tendons, reduce swelling and edema, increase circulation, decrease pain, reduce trigger points, and restore function.
Pre & Post Treatment Consultations
Before each session I like to spend a couple of minutes discussing any of your new observations, concerns, progress, and any new goals you may have since our previous session. After each session, I like to spend a couple of minutes providing an overview our session, my observations, and go over tips and skills to work on at home in between sessions.
Home Exercise program
I will provide you with either a formal or informal home exercise program that consists of exercises and skills to practice at home or in the community with your child between sessions. I understand how busy life can get, so I will work with you to create a manageable plan that can be implemented between sessions in order to maximize carry-over of gains occurring in treatment sessions.
Hands-on Parent and/or Caregiver Participation
In order to ensure best practice and carry-over of learned skills from treatment sessions into the home, it is often helpful for a parent and/or caregiver to participate in treatment sessions in order to learn hands-on techniques that facilitate gross motor development. I believe that coaching parents and/or caregivers is important because your child will only spend an hour with me, but the other 23 hours of the day with you!