Physiotherapy for children should be carried out by a specialised therapist who has an appreciation of the musculoskeletal changes that occur when infants/children develop into adults and the potential conditions that can arise during this time.


What to expect:

With the supervision of a parent or guardian the child, if able, will be asked to talk about their condition and how it affects them e.g. they may not be able to play like their friends during break times, participate in PE or feel tired quickly.  Parents will be asked to clarify any underlying conditions that may exist and also to recall if appropriate, their child's early physical development e.g. the age of crawling or walking.


With the supervision of a parent a detailed physical examination of the problem area and surrounding joints will take place.  Following the examination an age appropriate explanation of the problem will be given to both the child and parent, and a plan as to how it will be addressed. Treatments can involve similar methods to that which an adult would receive, however any rehabilitation programmes will be age appropriate and be fun to complete.


What you will need:

  • Suitable loose clothing i.e. shorts if it is a leg issue or strappy top if shoulder/back issue.

  • If it is a home visit space will be required for a massage couch and to complete floor work


Common conditions include:

  • Sports injuries e.g. muscle strain 

  • Back pain e.g. postural back pain, scoliosis

  • Hip pain or clicking hip

  • Knee pain e.g. PFJ syndrome, Osgood-Schlatters Disease

  • Joint hypermobility

  • Foot or heel  pain e.g. plantarfasciitis, Severs Disease

  • Jeuvenille Arthritis

  • Toe walking

  • Intoeing

What can treatments involve:

  • Joint mobilisation

  • Soft tissue manipulation i.e muscle stretching and deep tissue massage

  • Taping

  • Exercise prescription

  • Acupuncture

  • Posture correction