The Physiotherapy team aims to help their patients to be physically as independent as possible and to improve the quality of their lives within the limits of any impairment, disability or handicap which they live with at any time. The key focus of Physiotherapy is the restoration and acquisition of gross motor functional skills.  A variety of treatment strategies is employed to improve a child’s participation in daily life.  Treatments may be geared to improve muscle strength, muscle tone, balance endurance, coordination, speed and agility and other such needs. The Physiotherapy team adopts a patient- and family-centred approach to treatment, working in a multidisciplinary team.    All patients are screened and evaluated when they are admitted to St Joseph’s Home to assess the therapeutic input which they require and to form the basis of the individual care and treatment plans drawn up for each child.  Children are assessed continually to determine improvement in their condition and the need for further physiotherapy and adapted care plans.   Caregiver/ parent training is provided and caregiver/ parent involvement is viewed as an essential part of the rehabilitation process to facilitate the child’s recovery and reintegration of the child back home and into society.

The Physiotherapy team treats many conditions such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • General chest infections and HIV related chest infections
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • TB Meningitis
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Duchene’s muscular atrophy
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Juvenile chronic arthritis
  • Amputations
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cerebral Palsy and Developmental delays in children

The Physiotherapy services offered to patients include:

  • Respiratory therapy
  • Strength training
  • Neurodevelopmental therapy
  • Maintenance therapy and prevention of secondary complications
  • Exercise therapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Balance retraining
  • Gait training/retraining
  • Maintenance, correction of and application for assistive and mobility devices
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Virtual reality
  • Developmental therapy
  • Kinesiotaping