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Paediatric Physiotherapy Barrie

Paediatric Physiotherapy Barrie

Physiotherapy is beneficial for all ages, including the paediatric population birth to 18 years old. Babies, kids and teens do have different needs and function differently than adults.

Paediatric Physiotherapy Appointment

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An initial paediatric physiotherapy appointment will be one hour, in which our paediatric physiotherapist will get a good understanding of your concerns for your child, understand more about birth history and milestone development, and will complete a thorough assessment. They will provide education and information surrounding your child, and be able to provide you with a home exercise program to best support your child.

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Paediatric Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapy for Infants & Toddlers

Tummy time difficulties: tummy time is important for infant development from birth and is a precursor to many gross motor milestones, if your infant is having difficulty with tummy time, a paediatric physiotherapist can help provide strategies and determine if there is an underlying reason as to why your baby is having challenges with this skill, as difficulties in tummy time may result in delayed gross motor skills.

Delayed Motor Milestones: although babies do develop at their own pace, it is important for some to get some extra help to ensure they are on track and meeting their milestones! If your baby is having difficulty rolling, sitting independently, crawling or walking, then paediatric physiotherapy can help!

Infants with medical concerns: Paediatric physiotherapists can assist your baby and family if they have any medical concerns such as Cerebral Palsy, history of prematurity, low muscle tone, brachial plexus injuries, down syndrome and more. There is a large emphasis on collaborative care, so we will be sure to collaborate with members of your baby’s healthcare team!

Torticollis: also known as “wry-neck” is when an infant’s neck muscles become tight, causing them to develop a preference for a direction to look and/or tilt their head. Torticollis is managed very well with physiotherapy, especially when caught early. If you notice any signs of the following, we recommend scheduling an assessment as soon as possible:

  • A preference to look one way when playing, sleeping, or feeding
  • Preference to use one hand over the other
  • Developing a flat spot on one side of their head
  • Rolling only in one direction

To help torticollis, our paediatric physiotherapist will provide you with lots of education around your baby’s development, positioning ideas and techniques, stretches, strengthening exercises and play positions.

Head Shape Management: Newborns skulls are very soft and malleable as they are constantly growing. As a result, their head can become misshapen due to consistent pressures in an area of their skull. This most often presents as flattening, either on one side (plagiocephaly) or the back of the head (brachycephaly). We recommend booking an assessment as soon as noticing any head shape concerns, as it is best managed when an infant is young and their skulls are still soft and malleable. Our paediatric physiotherapist can assess the head shape and their development and provide strategies to improve head shape, provide support with gross motor skills, and potentially provide a referral to an orthotist when clinically recommended.

Physiotherapy for Physical and Developmental Disabilities

Paediatric physiotherapy can assist kids with a range of conditions and syndromes, in order to provide support to them and their families to improve their participation at home, with their peers and in the community. We focus on improving strength, mobility, coordination, balance, proprioception, motor planning and gross motor skills for children with neuromuscular, congenital and acquired disorders.

Common conditions are:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Rare genetic conditions
  • And more!

Physiotherapy for General Childhood Concerns

Children grow very quickly, and this can create tension on a child’s muscles and joints, which can lead specific injuries or conditions. We can treat and assist in understanding the following conditions:

  • Toe walking
  • Foot pain and arch development
  • Scoliosis
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Sever’s Heel (heel pain)
  • Osgoode-Schlatters (knee pain)
  • Growing pains
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Coordination difficulties, tripping, falling, difficulty on the playground
  • W-sitting
  • In-toeing
  • Out-toeing

When To Seek Physiotherapy:

For your infant:

If your infant is having difficulty with tummy time, delayed motor milestones, head preference, head shape changes, or even for a developmental check up! For your school-aged child:

If your child has any coordination difficulties, tripping or falling often when running, difficulty playing on the playground or keeping up with their friends.

When to seek physiotherapy for your teen:
If your teen has experienced any injuries, has any alignment concerns, or any joint pain.

Natasha Minas Registered Physiotherapist + Pelvic Floor Specialist

Natasha Minas


Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Physiotherapist + Pelvic Floor Specialist

Natasha is a Registered Physiotherapist. She graduated from Bond University in the sunny Gold Coast, Australia with a Doctor of Physiotherapy and completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto.

Natasha believes in the importance of health promotion and education, along with a holistic approach to treatme... See More

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