What does a physical therapist do on a child with cerebral palsy?

Encourage developmen. Children with cerebral palsy have delay in their motor development. Physical therapists work to help encourage motor development through exercises, stretching, bracing and use of special techniques like functional electrical stimuation and kinesiotaping.
Manage motor problem. Physical therapists work with children who have cerebral palsy by stretching muscles with exercises, maintaining range of motion at joints, working with psysical medicine doctors and orthopedists in prescribing and fitting braces and the use of wheel chairs where necessary. They also work with parents to encourage their working with their children and making sure seating posture is correct.
Support and teach. The physical and occupational therapists are probably f the most important medical professionals in the life of a child with cerebral palsy. They help with positioning, strengthening, stretching tight muscles, helping children clothe themselves, feed themselves and prepare for life. For children who have more severe problems, they help in wheelchairs, standers, bracing, etc.

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I have severe anxiety and I'm 22 weeks pregnant. I see a therapist and psychiatrist. I'm wondering can anxiety during pregnancy cause cerebral palsy?

No. No, but your question confirms your diagnoses of worry ;). Good luck to you in your pregnancy. If. The anxiety is moderate to severe, please start psychotherapy to deal with it . You therapist will likely refer you to a psychiatrist of medication is deemed to be necessary. Follow your doctor' s orders regarding vitamins. Diet and exercise and i wish you a healthy baby and a blessed motherhood! Read more...
Anxiety. Agree w dr. Malik & dr. Jacobson. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Glad that you are receiving support at this time from mental health. Here are some non-medication approaches you can use to decreased anxiety symptoms: deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, daily exercise & cognitive behavioral therapy. Read more...