What is Physical Therapy

Thera-Play Pediatric physical therapists know the profound joy of helping children and their families achieve greater happiness under challenging circumstances. Ever since their field of medicine was born during the polio epidemic of the 1920s, our therapists have relied upon an impressive array of techniques to treat musculoskeletal problems and improve the mobility of children facing numerous health conditions, including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • Scoliosis
  • Developmental delays and movement disorders resulting from premature birth


A Thera-Play physical therapist (PT) interviews children and their families and uses physical examinations to diagnose the source of the child’s movement difficulties. From there, the case management team will guide and individualize a treatment regimen. PTs work to improve children’s motor development, strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, coordination, gait difficulties, heart and lung endurance, and delayed motor development.

Having broadened their patient population significantly through the decades, pediatric physical therapists successfully treat patients using an extensive set of skills and techniques that include:



Our Physical Therapists provide support in the areas of gross motor development, motor planning and visual motor skills. These may include improving and working with :

  • Muscle tone
  • Strength and development
  • Range of movement
  • Quality of movement
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Coordination of the whole body
  • Coordination of motor skills (hopping, jumping, skipping)


We look at the quality of a child’s movements such as their pace and gait, their balance and coordination skills, as well as their ability to use their skills functionally in life. Physical Therapists are concerned with helping children reach their full developmental potential and realizing their full range of motion to improve their quality of life.

Every child responds best to a unique, carefully crafted treatment plan, which the therapist creates. Thera-Play Pediatric PT’s also teach children and their families about safety and home exercises, since improving physical function often requires daily practice. Providing expert consultation to school and daycare is often the therapist’s responsibility as well. These professionals support the family and child by coordinating care with other health care professionals and providing advocacy and social assistance when necessary.

Therapists find motivation, diverse challenges and great reward as they work to strengthen and promote a child’s independence and integration at home, in school and in the broader community.



The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.