If your child is frequently experiencing an imbalance, dizziness, or unsteadiness from a limb deformity making it hard for them to gain their balance, it is a sign that they may be in need of gait training.
Gait training will include activities to not only improve gait mechanics, but also increase your child’s confidence and safety in navigating across different terrains and around different obstacles. Our physiotherapist will also evaluate your child’s need for an assistive device, or perhaps make modifications to a device they are currently using.
Both static and dynamic balance training will likely also be incorporated into your child’s physiotherapy treatment to help their body learn how to better respond to environmental challenges to their balance. For example, your child may be asked to stand on one leg while performing a mentally-challenging task, such as reciting the alphabet or reading a paragraph of text out loud. Our physiotherapist will also teach them balance strategies to help mitigate fall risk.
Endurance training may also be used, not just to improve muscle endurance for activity, but also to improve aerobic capacity for activity, both of which will reduce fatigue as a risk factor for falls when walking or completing daily tasks.
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Do you think your child could benefit from gait training? Contact Delmarva Physical Therapy today! Request an appointment with one of our Berlin physical therapists, so they can get started on the first steps to moving at their best ability!