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Category Archives: Paediatric Physiotherapy

Why do my baby’s hips click?

Do your baby’s hips click when you carry them? Have you noticed an uneven thigh or buttocks crease when changing diapers? Does one leg look shorter or feel stiffer than the other? Is your baby limping when starting to walk? If you have noticed any of these issues in your baby, then they might have Developmental Dysplasia…
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In-toeing in Children

In-toeing is when a child walks with their feet turn inward instead of straight. It is a common condition in children and usually can be outgrown. Typically, this usually does not cause any pain however might make children prone to tripping or present with an awkward walk or run. There are three common causes of…
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Toe Walking

Toe walking is an atypical pattern of walking where children walk on the balls of their feet, without placing their heels on the ground. Toe walking can be quite common when children are learning to walk, however after the age of two most children should develop a heel-to-toe pattern of walking. In the majority of…
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What if your baby crawls a bit funny?

A paediatric physiotherapy assessment is recommended if your baby is not crawling by 12 months, or is crawling asymmetrically or a bit funny. Types of funny crawls include bottom scooting, tripod crawl, dragging one leg, belly crawl, rolling across the room. Bottom scooter (bottom shuffler) These babies move around in sitting by using their arms.…
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Total News Spring 2021

In this issue of Total News Spring 2021 we cover: Paediatric Physiotherapy Gross Motor Skills Total Team News About Us Click here to read our Total News Spring 2021.
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Learn Gross Motor Skills at Total Physiotherapy

Gross motor skills are physical skills that require whole body movement and involve the large muscles in the arms, legs and torso. These skills are important in order to perform everyday activities like walking, running, jumping, throwing, catching and kicking a ball. Gross motor skills relate to body awareness, strength, balance and reaction speed. Children…
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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a common cause of knee pain seen in adolescents. It is a gradual, non-traumatic condition that commonly occurs during the times of a growth spurt as the bones, muscles and tendons are growing at different rates. The tendon that attaches the kneecap to the shinbone (tibia) pulls on the growth plate over…
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What is Metatarsus Adductus?

Metatarsus Adductus Misshapen Feet in Babies Metatarsus Adductus is a common condition in babies and young children. The outside border of the foot is curved, and the foot is a bean-shape. Most cases are mild and will improve with some stretching exercises and as the child starts to stand. It is important to check if the…
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What You Need to Know About W-Sitting

W-Sitting in Children What is W-sitting?  W-sitting is when a child sits with their knees bent, bottom on the floor and feet out to either side in a W shape. W-sitting makes it easier for a child with poor core stability or balance to sit. They don’t have to work their muscles to be stable…
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How to Prepare for a Paediatric Physiotherapy Video Consultation

Total physiotherapy is now using video consultations (known as Telehealth) to continue our expert care with current and new patients. Telehealth has been used successfully to treat remote clients and is now being employed to treat our local clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NDIA, Chronic Disease Management (Formerly Medicare Enhanced Primary Care or EPC), and…
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Is Your Baby Reaching the 12-month Milestones?

Is your 12 month old reaching their physical milestones? How do you know if they need help from a paediatric physiotherapist?  Here are normal developmental milestones in a typical 1 year old:  Sitting independently at 6-8 months old  Pulling up to stand at 8-9 months old  Cruising on furniture (sidestepping) at 8-9 months  Crawling in…
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Tips to Prevent Babies from Getting a Twisted Neck and Flat Head

Preventing Torticollis and Plagiocephaly in Babies from Birth The position of your soft newborn baby’s head is important in play, sleep, feeding and carrying. You can prevent torticollis (head tilt or uneven turning) and plagiocephaly (flat head) with the following tips: Tip 1. Tummy time: Tummy time should occur numerous times a day from birth.…
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