Physical Therapy

Build flexibility, strength, balance and coordination in gross motor and functional skills in fun and creative ways.

Physical therapists are eager to help your child explore the world. They strive to make every session fun, while building strength and improving range of motion, posture, balance, and movement in a myriad of creative ways. In fact, most of the work we do is based in play… it’s the most effective way to get children motivated and involved! Swings, ball pits, climbing walls and all kinds of toys are incorporated into your child’s therapy to create the child-centered environment that helps our clients thrive.

At POTS our physical therapist’s’ goal is to help children maximize their physical abilities and minimize the physical limitations that accompany some developmental challenges. They use their experience and extensive training in pediatric health, including anatomy and physiology, psychology and child development to assist children in maximizing their potential.

In addition to top-notch PT, our therapists are here to answer your questions, offer support and provide you with ideas and suggestions for home.

Your child may need Physical Therapy if he or she exhibits one or more of the following:

  • Not meeting the expected developmental milestones during the first year of life (ie. rolling, sitting, standing, walking)
  • Torticollis: infants head is tilted to one side due to tightness of the neck muscles
  • Asymmetrical body use: child favors use of one leg/arm/etc. over the other
  • Delays in gross motor development: Rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking
  • Places both feet onto step when going up and down stairs after the age of 3
  • Limited or excessive joint mobility
  • Floppiness or stiffness
  • Abnormal or poor postural control
  • Difficulty with balance and coordination
  • Atypical gait pattern, such as toe-walking, walking pigeon toed or knock-kneed
  • Excessive clumsiness, often bumping into objects, tripping and falling down
  • Awkward jumping, movement or running patterns
  • Complains of pain or tightness in their ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows and wrists
  • Difficulty participating in physical education or sport related activities

How do I get started with Physical Therapy?
The first step is to do an evaluation to determine if your child needs Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapist (PT) will conduct a one-on-one play based assessment with the child and caregivers. He or she will target your child’s range of motion, muscle tone, strength, postural control, balance, coordination, motor control, motor planning and endurance during stability and mobility functional and gross motor skills, using a variety of tests to determine the quality of your child’s movement and functional and gross motor ability as it is relative to his/her age. Based on the results, the PT may or may not recommend participation in Physical Therapy.
Our physical therapists are trained to treat children with a wide variety of pediatric diagnoses including, but not limited to:

  • Hypotonia or hypertonia
  • Atypical Movement Patterns
  • Decreased Strength & Endurance
  • Poor BalanceGait abnormalities
  • Uncoordination
  • Torticollis and plagiocephaly
  • Developmental or gross motor delay
  • Autism
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Asthmatic conditions
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physical Therapy services include:

  • Gait training
  • Tone management
  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Posture and positioning
  • Alignment and postural training
  • Balance and coordination training
  • Motor Control Awareness
  • Pediatric Yoga and Pilates
  • Review/recommendation of lower extremity bracing
  • Recreation, play, and leisure exercises
  • Safety, health promotion, and prevention
  • Development and monitoring of personalized home exercise program
  • Improving breathing capacity
  • Visual motor training
  • Vestibular training
  • Attention/focus training
  • Regulation training
  • Motor planning exercises