All About Physical Therapy

All About Physical Therapy

October is Physical Therapy Awareness Month!

What is Physical Therapy?

  • Throughout the day, the activities of physical play and recreation help children develop skills to control their own bodies and acquire more physical well-being and strength. When they develop these skills, they become stronger, faster, and more mobile. They get a clearer sense of balance and become more aware of their surroundings.

5 Facts about PT

  • Physical therapy is essential for more than just painful sports injuries. Many children utilize physical therapy to learn and grow.
  • Women were the pioneers of PT in the US. Today, 70% of physical therapists are women.
  • Physical therapy ranks as one of the top ten “Happiest Jobs” in the country, according to Forbes magazine. At TEAM 4 Kids, we are currently hiring PTs and PTAs to join our TEAM!
  • Oftentimes, babies with a diagnosis such as torticollis, premature birth, Down Syndrome, or cerebral palsy, need physical therapy to promote proper development of the body. Neuroplasticity is a fancy term for the brain’s ability to change and make new connections over time. An infant’s brain is amazing! Each milestone leads to the next and is important for overall development.
  • Physical therapy at TEAM 4 Kids is very unique compared to other centers. At TEAM 4 Kids, we use play-based methods to create fun sessions for each child. We believe in the TEAM approach. All of our therapists work closely together to provide the best comprehensive care. Having all therapies at TEAM 4 Kids (speech, occupational, physical, feeding, myo, and ABA!) allows the therapists to have access to your child’s complete medical profile. This is what differentiates our therapy from others.

    If you are interested in learning more about physical therapy or have any concerns about your child’s development, give TEAM 4 Kids a call at 1-800-376-3440!

    Are you unsure if your child is falling behind developmentally? All children develop at a different pace but most kids should meet major motor milestones around the same age. As a guide, listed below are some of the most common gross motor milestones and the age range when children typically master these skills:

    0-2 months – Bends and straightens arms and legs alternately and together, bears weight through legs when held in standing, turns head toward voices, tracks people or objects, when on stomach elevates head 45 degrees and turns head from side to side

    3-5 months – Has good head control in all positions, brings hands to midline, grabs feet with hands, brings feet to mouth for play, rolls from back to sides, begins to balance in sitting using arms to prop

    6-8 months – Reaches for toys when on stomach, rolls from back to stomach, belly crawls, sits unsupported and can reach for/play with toys without falling, catches self when falling out of sitting

    9-11 months – Crawls on hands and knees, pulls to standing at furniture, lowers from standing safely, stands for a few seconds without support, gets self into sitting from lying down

    12-14 months – Walks short distances without assistance, squats to pick up a toy and returns to standing without support, crawls up steps, rolls a ball back and forth with another person

    15-18 months – Crawls down steps safely, walking has matured, walks on gravel, grass, and hills without falling, walks up steps with support from an adult’s finger, walks backward a few steps, throws a ball

    19-24 months – runs, jumps up, forward, and down, walks up steps without support from wall or rail, kicks a ball, throws a ball overhand and underhand

    2-3 years – Walks down steps without support, jumping skills of up, over, forward, and off objects progress to further distances and with improved coordination, running matures, catches a ball

    3-4 years – Performs steps without a rail placing only 1 foot on each step, stands on 1 foot, rides a tricycle, throwing skills mature and for further distances, hops on one foot, gallops, crosses a balance beam without stepping off

    4-5 years – Rides a bike with or without training wheels, dribbles a ball, hops on each foot several times, and skips.

    5-6 years– Performs hopscotch, jumping jacks, and jump rope. Ball skills of catching, throwing, dribbling, and kicking are mature. Performs sit-ups and push-ups.

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