Therapeutic exercises form the basis of the treatment for children with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. This program should include all kinds of exercises: aquatic exercises, positioning, passive ROM exercises, and isometric exercises.
Aquatic exercises frequently decrease the pain and prevent muscle spasms. Therefore, swimming and Tai Chi are recommended rather than those sporting activities that include extensive use of the ankles such as basketball, football, and gymnastics. Exercises performed to improve aerobic capacity should be moderate in intensity and should not last more than 30 minutes per day.[6,8]
Bacon et al demonstrated that in children who had exercised in water for 6 weeks, hip rotation angles were significantly improved and other ranges of motion were also enhanced. Klepper studied the outcomes of intensive exercises and showed that an 8-week intensive aerobic exercise program practiced 2 days in the hospital and 1 day at home for 60 minutes per day improved the physical well-being without increasing the activity of disease.
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MOSAIC Children’s Therapy offers Aquatic and Land therapy to help children with arthritis.
What is it?
The reflux wedge is a positioning device to help keep an infant with Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or Colic in a more upright position. Gastroesophageal reflux is the return of the stomach contents up to the esophagus.
Its purpose is to keep an infant with reflux in an upright position especially after feeding. Some babies who have difficulties sleeping due to reflux may also benefit from sleeping on a wedge. Babies can still be swaddled in the wedge. Babies are usually positioned in supine (on their back) position but some babies can be positioned on their side as well. Modifications to promote a more symmetrical head position can also be made.
The wedge is custom made out of medical grade open cell foam and is polyurethane-free. The reflux wedge has two lateral foam pieces to keep the baby from sliding down and has a small foam seat. There are also 2 Velfoam straps to keep a baby secure.
How does it help my baby?
- Keeps them more upright, using gravity to help keep the stomach contents from coming up.
- Keeps babies more comfortable during sleep while keeping the trunk from being bent.
This service is available at our Bellevue and Issaquah, WA MOSAIC locations.
Go to http://www.mosaicrehab.com for more information or to contact us.
These are some of the children’s motor impairments that our team of Pediatric Physical Therapists work with:
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Rett Syndrome
- Genetic Disorders
- Minimally involved postural and strength deficits
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Post-operative Treatment
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Orthopedic or Athletic Injuries
- Orthopedic Pain or Misalignment
- Toe Walking
- “Pigeon-Toed” Walking
- Spina Bifida
- Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury
Meet our team, (L to R) Kristin Easter, PT, C/NDT, Lauren Beeker, PT, DPT, Janelle Gordon, PT, DPT
With over 30 years combined experience, the MOSAIC clinics are an excellent place for children with physical therapy needs. Our team combines their love of children with their knowledge of the human body to help your children reach their maximum potential both now and in years to come. Treatment styles of our clinicians are generally play based, while subtly including evidence based techniques to promote independence. Parent and caregiver education is provided at each session to promote skill generalization and progression.
Some of the equipment we have available to us includes:
- Aquatic Therapy Pool
- Infant and Adult Treadmills
- Playground Equipment
- Balls and Bolsters
- Free Weights
- Swings of all types
- Specialized Balance Equipment
- Bikes and Scooters
Our Treatment strategies include many different techniques
- Joint Mobilization
- Myofascial Release
- Taping Strategies
- Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT)
- Isolated strengthening activities
- Muscle lengthening and stretching
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
- Gait and postural training
- Core stability
- Body Awareness training
- Yoga and Dance techniques
We have direct contact with other professionals that help us to meet our clients’ unique needs including Occupational Therapists (OT), Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapists, behavioral and educational consultants, and a licensed child psychologist all share our clinics. This provides seamless referrals between disciplines, and improves the continuity of a child’s care.
We frequently work with DME providers to obtain wheelchairs, standers, gait trainers, and other adaptive equipment our clients may need to improve their independence.
Referrals to Orthotists can help obtain compression orthoses and positioning orthoses such as AFOs, SMOs, and custom or prefabricated foot orthotics to improve orthopedic alignment.
Our pediatric physical therapists are here to help http://www.mosaicrehab.com
Reblogging our top post from 2014. iLS Integrated Listening: Top 10 Parent Questions Answered.
TOP 10 QUESTIONS PARENTS ASK ABOUT iLs, answered by iLS Company
1. AUDITORY & TACTILE SENSITIVITY: My son with autism has a severe emotional reaction to loud sounds. Also, he won’t wear headphones. Can iLs help?
One of the most consistent areas of success with iLs programs is reducing a child’s auditory and tactile sensitivity. We typically recommend beginning with the iLs Pillow at home prior to beginning a program involving headphones. De-sensitization is best achieved in an emotionally secure environment, and listening to the Pillow in the security of one’s own home is an effective start to the process. Many children are able to begin using headphones within a week of using the iLs Pillow. Oftentimes, it is advisable to begin with shorter sessions and increase them gradually as the child’s sensitivity decreases. (For more information on the iLs Pillow, see www.integratedlistening.com/pillow).
2. SEIZURES AND BI-POLAR DISORDER:
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