Physical / Massage Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Pediatric Physical Therapy at TLC focuses on maximizing the child’s physical ability. Physical Therapy builds strength, motor planning, coordination, and balance through play and fun activities. TLC PTs work on skills needed to completed daily activities and increase range of motion. Treatment begins with a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and is followed by a treatment plan with goals tailored to address the individual child’s needs.

Therapist and teenage boy on exercise barrel

Services include

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Individualized treatment programs based on Clinical assessment and parent concerns
  • Comprehensive Home Exercise programs, if needed
  • Consultations with families and TLC multi-disciplinary team as needed

Skills addressed by Physical Therapy include (but not limited to):

  • Movement and mobility
  • Core strength
  • Flexibility
  • Gait and stair training
  • Balance and coordination
  • Range of Motion
  • Gross Motor skills

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Why are our therapists different?

At TLC, we strive to use a team approach to treatment. We recognize that the most successful approach is collaborating with the team. A child’s team includes all people who impact that specific child’s life, and may include but is not limited to: parents, caregivers, siblings, doctors, school staff, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and BCBAs. Treatment sessions at TLC not only focus on building blocks required for improving a child’s skills, but also focus to improve a child’s independence and self-confidence in home, school, and recreational settings.

Our therapists continuously seek out educational opportunities to ensure your child receives the latest and best evidence-based interventions. Our Physical Therapists are also members of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Therapists and teenage boy performing strength training exercises

 

FAQs

Who will benefit from Physical Therapy?

  • Children who have any diagnosis that impairs balance, gait, muscle development, motor skills development. This may include diagnoses such as Developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Syndromes (e.g., Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Angelman’s Sydrome, etc.), Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, low muscle tone, Torticollis, and prematurity.

What are some of the benefits of Physical Therapy?

  • Increased confidence
  • Increased attention
  • Increased tolerance and independence with ADLs
  • Increased body awareness
  • Improved cognitive and physical development

What is Massage therapy?

Massage Therapy is a profession that uses therapeutic touch to manipulate the patient’s soft tissues and muscles to promote sensory integration and well-being. When working with children, massage therapy to help reduce stress, decrease anxiety, and increase focus. Our children count the minutes until they get to go to massage as it helps them feel grounded and calm. TLC Massage therapists perform an evaluation which is used to determine the time, intensity, and type of massage that will provide the best massage treatment.

Massage therapist and boy on table

Services include

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Individualized treatment programs based on Clinical assessment and parent concerns
  • Consultations with TLC’s multidisciplinary team (OT, PT, SLP, ABA) as needed

Skills addressed by Massage Therapy include (but not limited to):

  • Improved focus
  • Children who undergo TM during their visit to TLC find that they are often more focused and ready to work in their OT and Speech sessions.
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Grounding and calming
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve body awareness and ability to regulate
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved gastrointestinal functioning/relief of gas and constipation
  • Decreased tactile defensiveness
  • Overall sense of well-being

Why are our therapists different?

  • At TLC, we strive to use a team approach to treatment. We recognize that the most successful approach is collaborating with the team. A child’s team includes all people who impact that specific child’s life, and may include but is not limited to parents, caregivers, siblings, doctors, school staff, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and BCBAs. Treatment sessions at TLC not only focus on building blocks required for improving a child’s skills, but also focus to improve a child’s independence and self-confidence in home, school, and recreational settings.

    Our therapists continuously seek out educational opportunities to ensure your child receives the latest and best evidence-based interventions.  Our massage therapists are Board Certified in the State of Michigan.

FAQs

Who can benefit from therapeutic massage?

  • Everyone can benefit from a good massage!  The population of pediatric patients served by TLC who struggle with muscle tone, motor coordination, tactile defensiveness, anxiety, stress, and even pain will gain the most benefit. Some of the diagnoses that we serve include Developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Syndromes (e.g., Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, etc.), Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, low muscle tone, Torticollis, and prematurity, and many more.

Where are services provided?  

  • Services are provided in TLC’s facility and can be done in the common treatment areas or in a private room with dim lights and soft music. Massage services are performed with children fully clothed. The treatment plan and services are tailored to the needs of the individual child.

Are massage therapy services covered by my insurance?

  • Some insurance companies cover treatment provided by a massage therapist. Be sure to check with your insurance company or employer to see if it is a covered benefit. Private pay rates are also available for those individuals without coverage.