Children’s Physiotherapy

Xcel health uses cookies to ensure that you get the best experience from our website. To read more please see our cookies and privacy policies. Find out more.

I Accept

Children’s Physiotherapy

What is it?

Children’s Physiotherapy is the management and care of babies, children and young people from birth to 19 years old or school leaving age (some young people may be directed towards adult services if this is more appropriate). A Children’s Physiotherapist will work together with the young person to develop their motor skills (jumping, running, walking etc) and aim to promote independence. Our aim is to help children and young people to participate in and enjoy life.

Our Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist, Kavi Punniyakotti uses her 17 year experience to offer diagnosis, expert assessments, therapy sessions and rehabilitation, both in our comfortable Private Clinic, but also in homes or nurseries or other community settings as appropriate.

A Children’s Physiotherapist works closely with each young person and their family/carer, school/ college, social care and other health care professionals as needed.

Being a Children’s Physiotherapist is a really specialised job, so much so that they even have their own organisation! Due to this, they are able to understand :

bullet-orange.png Child Development

bullet-orange.png Normal and abnormal movement patterns

bullet-orange.png How movement skills develop

bullet-orange.png Therapeutic interventions that enable and optimise development and well being

bullet-orange.png Childhood diseases and conditions that impact on development and well being

bullet-orange.png The Child is the centre of the treatment and everything should be planned around them

bullet-orange.png How best to keep children and young people safe

bullet-orange.png How to explain the information to a young person in a way that they are able to make an informed choice

What does the Assessment look like?

First and foremost, this is an assessment of the needs of the young person that we are seeing.

This assessment may include, but not be limited to :

bullet-orange.png Strength and Co-ordination

bullet-orange.png Motor Development

bullet-orange.png Posture & Balance

bullet-orange.png Quality of Movement

bullet-orange.png Function

Once our skilled Physiotherapist has done the assessment with the young person, they will feed back their findings and discuss a therapy plan with the child and family. We always encourage the family to be fully involved in the whole process as this makes it a lot easier for the child.


What Conditions Can Be Treated?

These break down into a few categories :

Developmental Delay

When a child shows difficulty in achieving a milestone in one or several areas of development.

Physiotherapy can support the child with the skills and strength to overcome these difficulties, enabling them to be more functional in the world around them.

Neurological Conditions

bullet-orange.png Cerebral Palsy

bullet-orange.png Brain Injuries

bullet-orange.png Difficulties associated with a premature birth, such as stiffness in muscles, poor movement patterns, floppiness

bullet-orange.png Meningitis

Physiotherapy can really help in the management of these conditions. If you start early, research has shown that this can provide benefits as it can ‘rewire’ the brain!

Neuromuscular Conditions

bullet-orange.png Spina Bifida and other Spinal defects

bullet-orange.png Auto immune conditions

bullet-orange.png Muscular diseases, such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy or Duchene Muscular Dystrophy

Physiotherapy works well to strengthen the muscles and teaches alternative strategies for movement with the use of orthosis and equipment.

The therapy supports young people in maintaining mobility and other physical skills by delaying the deterioration as much as possible in progressive muscular conditions.

Congenital Conditions

These are conditions that exist from birth.

Physiotherapy helps in stretching the tight muscles and strengthens the weak muscles to enable the child to improve their movements. It also helps to avoid any further deterioration and deformity.

Genetic & Metabolic Conditions

Physiotherapy plays a major role in identifying muscular difficulties and supporting the child with skills and strengths that are required for their development.

Musculoskeletal & Sports Injuries
  • bullet-orange.png Joint pains/ aches
  • bullet-orange.png Back Pain
  • bullet-orange.png Sports Injuries, such as tendonitis and ligament injuries
  • bullet-orange.png Hypermobility
  • bullet-orange.png Flat Feet
Orthopaedic & Surgical Rehabilitation

bullet-orange.png Upper & Lower Limbs

bullet-orange.png Muscle/ Tendon surgeries – eg Hamstring Release

bullet-orange.png Bone surgery such as hip

bullet-orange.png Spinal fusion/ correction surgeries

Physiotherapy is a vital part of the rehabilitation process! It helps to promote the child’s mobility and function. Our Therapy will strengthen the weak muscles, elongate the tight muscles to provide stability, balance and help the child to reach their full potential.

What Can Xcel Health Offer?

Why not give us a ring to speak to Kavi, or fill out this short form to request a call back.

We have also produced a brochure which goes into more detail, just click here to fill out a short form to be able to download the brochure.


For more information, please complete the short form below


Know Your Pain