At Pure Form Physiotherapy we see the following pediatric (childhood) conditions:
- Sport injury
- Growth and development related pain
- Torticollis & head shape (plagiocephaly/brachycephaly)
- Gross motor delay including infants
- Developmental coordination disorder
- Gait abnormalities including toe walking & in-toeing
- Physical symptoms associated with conversion disorder
Gross Motor Delay
For various reasons, some infants do not keep up with their same age peers when learning motor/physical milestones, for example, an infant that is struggling to learn to walk. Our paediatric physiotherapists Kyra Klein and Desiree Goddard can provide strategies and recommendations for parents to facilitate the development of these physical skills.
What is torticollis?
Torticollis is a condition where there is a tight muscle in an infant’s neck. The infant will likely have a preference to look to one side and may also have a flat side on the head (see plagiocephaly information). A physiotherapist can assess, diagnose, and provide a home exercise program to correct this condition.
What is plagiocephaly/brachycephaly?
Positional plagiocephaly means a flatness of one side of the infant’s skull and positional brachycephaly is a flatness of the whole back of the head. Positional plagiocephaly does not affect a child’s brain development or physical function.
Positional plagiocephaly results from external pressures on the soft infant skull during the gestation, labour and in the first 2 years of life. You may notice some minor facial asymmetries such as one ear appearing shifted more forward, a fuller cheek on one side, a bossing of the forehead on one side or a wider looking eye on one side. Treatment includes education on positional strategies, stretches, and strengthening as recommended by your physiotherapist to facilitate the natural rounding of the head.
What is Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)?
Developmental Coordination Disorder is a condition where a child may be falling behind compared to same age peers in their physical skills. Motor/physical impairments are not due to a neurological or delayed cognitive development. Treatment involves education, recommendations, problem-solving techniques, & home exercise programs.