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Emerging Standards on Neonatal physiotherapy

By Stella Richard

Over the years physiotherapy Vancouver has evolved into a major healthcare institution. With the help of physiotherapy many conditions can be cured not only in adults but also in children and infants. Physiotherapists are health care providers who are able to help injured individuals to regain strength and mobility.

Common Neonatal Therapies

• Tummy Time: This is one of the most common therapies suggested for neonates. This therapy requires the mother to lay the infant on its tummy for 1 or 2 minutes a number of times in a day. This suggestion comes in the wake of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome that is caused because babies are left in same position for a long time. Therapists suggest that when children are left in one position for a long time, it causes delay in motor skills of neonatal.

• Kangaroo Care: Premature babies are at the risk of many abnormalities and disorders. Physiotherapists suggest a close bonding with the caregiver by promoting skin to skin therapy. This ensures a physical stability and also promotes enhanced respiration, lowered levels of sleep apnea and weight gain.

• Post Surgery Therapy: Many neonates face difficulties during fetal development. Due to this, such babies have to undergo extensive surgeries. In order to recover rapidly, physical therapists evaluate the babies and determine the extent as well as the course of treatment required. Initially, before the surgery, the baby is evaluated and again after the surgery the baby is re-evaluated. This helps to understand the condition of the baby and accordingly many therapeutic treatments are suggested such as body positioning, muscle and mass manipulation, movements and joints manipulation etc.

• Torticollis treatment: Also known as acute Wry Neck, causes sudden neck pain. Due to this neck pain, the cervical neck muscles contract on reflex. This further causes the neck to position in abnormal manner in order to reduce pain. This posture is known as Torticollis. In this condition, the head of the child tends to tilt sideways on one shoulder whereas the chin rotates towards the other shoulder.  

There are a number of reasons for this condition including baby position in the uterus and SCM muscle trauma during birth. Due to this condition the child is unable to make free neck movements and are also unable to balance their body weight. A physical therapy intervention helps the child to relieve his SCM muscles enabling free movement of the neck. Similarly stretching exercises also enable the neck muscles to relax. A physical therapist also suggests home exercises that help to recover the child’s postures quickly.

Physiotherapy Vancouver is an excellent rehabilitation program that ensures recovery of various physical disorders in neonates. After birth, there are many defects that might seem incurable, but the evolving procedures and treatments ensure recovery of these defects. Today, apart from the traditional health course, physiotherapy has become an important part of treatment routine. Parents are advised various techniques and exercise programs, which make the child active and overcome all physical difficulties.

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Richard, Stella "Emerging Standards on Neonatal physiotherapy." Emerging Standards on Neonatal physiotherapy. 28 Jul. 2012. 2 Aug 2014 <>.

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