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Physiotherapy for cerebral palsy

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a kind of therapy where the therapist works closely with the body. Any points of tension are released, asymmetry corrected, and problems with muscle tone and flexibility addressed. Children with cerebral palsy need physical therapy in order to be able to function normally and have as much control over their bodies as possible.

What to expect from a therapy session?

Your therapist will first assess the condition of your child. Any weaker areas in the body will be noted, as well as the areas which usually compensate for the weaker ones. The physiotherapist’s task will be to improve the balance in the body, strengthening the weaker areas and relieving the overwhelmed ones.

This can be done by means of manual therapy when the physiotherapist works closely with the body, relieving tension and manually returning balance. However, the effects of such a session may be short-lived. That is why usually the physiotherapist will also set your child exercises to do at home, which will strengthen the effects of the physiotherapist’s work.

How will it help?

Usually, the positive effects appear very fast. You’ll notice your child will be more self-assured while using his or her body. She will find walking and some movements easier and will be handier in some everyday tasks.

Physiotherapy can also help with relieving stress, so you’ll notice your child will be more relaxed. The benefits are long-lasting and will help your child even in adult life.

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