Physical therapy at Emerge centers on improving a child’s ability to access and engage in their community and with their peers. Common reasons that our clients receive physical therapy are for balance, strength building, endurance related to physical movement, torticollis and plagiocephaly, and more. The collaborative approach at Emerge makes adding physical therapy to your child’s treatment plan a breeze. Physical therapy is available at all three locations. Sessions can be offered in-person and virtually.
Our physical therapists work with children to improve their ability to participate in physical activity, meet developmental milestones, and engage in meaningful community activities. We work together with the child and family to set goals that will improve a child’s access to activities they enjoy, increase their ability to participate in recreational activities, and can assist with prevention of future injury or musculoskeletal dysfunction. Physical therapists work with children with developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Torticollis, Plagiocephaly, and genetic disorders. Our physical therapy department has experience and passion working with children of all ages, including infants! We also work with families to attain appropriate durable medical equipment (DME) such as orthotics, wheel chairs, standers, and gait trainers.
You might consider adding physical therapy to your child’s team if you would like to see improvement in:
- Delayed acquisition of gross motor skills
- Strength or poor alignment
- Body awareness and proprioception
- Running or walking pattern
- Poor posture and scoliosis
- Torticollis and plagiocephaly
Total Motion Release
Total motion release involves assessing biomechanics, uncovering root causes behind physical limitations or ailments and completing treatment through active movement interventions that target specific body areas to release blocks in mobility. This is followed by intentional therapeutic activities to organize and realign the body through sensory integration and completed with targeted muscular activation to allow movement and stability through the newly increased range of motion. This technique allows clients to improve their body movements and gives them the ability to utilize new movement in a functional way for lasting improvement. The mobility limitations that are present could be related to intrauterine positioning, the birthing process, or develop later based on acquired movement patterns. TMR techniques are safe to be used in treatment for patients of all ages!
Yoga-Based Physical Therapy
Yoga based physical therapy sessions incorporate some of the techniques used in yoga to help children meet their physical therapy goals. This type of physical therapy intervention often uses diaphragmatic breathing to help children calm and regulate their nervous system and improve their focus and attention to task. It also incorporates some of the postures and movement patterns used in yoga to help children balance their muscle groups, improve muscular stability and strength, and improve flexibility. Yoga based physical therapy can help children feel more calm and comfortable in their own bodies, improve quality of sleep, decrease pain, and improve flexibility and strength.
Our therapists are equipped with the tools to help support infants reach their early developmental milestones (such as rolling, sitting upright, or crawling), torticollis and/or plagiocephaly, feeding difficulties, tongue and lip ties, parent/child bond, and more. Emerge offers a variety of programs for infants including one-on-one sessions, consultative services, infant massage training, and parent workshops.
Emerge Pediatric Therapy offers aquatic therapy for our clients to improve their health and well-being. Our occupational therapists who are trained in aquatic therapy use the pool as a tool for improving functional deficits including sensory processing differences, self-regulation, social engagement, cognitive skills, balance and coordination, and motor planning.