The fascial system works very closely with the muscular system. Our therapists have seen amazing results from using myofascial release techniques for children with motor delays.
Babies with torticollis, weakness, scoliosis, or stiffness in their muscles or fascial system can have difficulty properly developing their vision, vestibular, and balance systems.
They may also have symptoms similar to ADHD, ADD or sensory processing disorder by the time they are toddlers or preschoolers.
Babies can have fascial restrictions from birth that lead to these problems and continue to get worse as the child grows, causing pelvic obliquity, limb length discrepancy, torticollis, even progressing to scoliosis, adult arthritic conditions, and spine pain over time.
Children with pelvic obliquity and leg length discrepancy as little as 1/8” or even mild torticollis can develop scoliosis, be delayed in development of quadruped creeping, balancing, and ambulation skills.
Children with even minor torticollis or scoliosis can develop delays in vision and sensory processing that cause them to have difficulty with bilateral coordination.
Physical Therapists with advanced training in pediatric myofascial treatment techniques are available at Center of Development and this is included in PT sessions.
Physical therapy sessions include manual therapy techniques such as myofascial release and soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques, as well as traditional strengthening and sensory motor techniques to treat the whole child in a 3 dimensional manner.
Using myofascial techniques has helped children make great gains in improving their developmental skills and balance dramatically. Toe walkers can benefit greatly as well!
Early Intervention is the key to better outcomes!
The earlier we can evaluate and intervene for children 3 and under, the more improved functioning we can see by Kindergarten. Medically necessary therapies are very different than educational therapies through TEIS or school systems. Most children need both to make huge gains in development!
Families rely solely on their pediatrician’s referral for medically based therapies.
Here are some “red flags” to know when to refer for medically based pediatric therapies.
Any known medical diagnosis can be considered a “red flag”: Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, congenital heart condition, frequent ear infections, sensory avoiders, low muscle tone or high tone…
Newborn to 3 months old:
Six to Nine Months:
Ten to Fourteen months:
Age 2 years and above:
For referral information and insurance coverage questions, please call 931-372-2020 or 372-2567. Centers of Development
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