Physical Therapy helps PAIN that doesn't go away in kids and teens

Friday, Dec 29, 2017 by Child & Family Development

PAIN IN CHILDREN AND TEENS

Pain in children and teens is complex and may be difficult to diagnose. In kids, the nervous and musculoskeletal systems are still developing. A child’s perception of pain is different from an adult. Children may be unable to differentiate or describe types of pain (I.e. sharp, dull and intense). Some types of pain are straightforward (i.e. post-injury) and other types require more analysis and research (i.e. pain from migraines, pain following a virus, pain after surgery, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). 

Pain in children and teens is broadly referred to as Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain (AMP). Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is another name for AMP. AMP can impact physical activity, mood, school performance, sleep and many other areas. It is chronic pain.

WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?

The simple description is pain that lasts longer than 3 months and interferes with a person’s ability to participate in activities of daily living.  

WHAT IS CRPS/AMP?  

Either is a condition of severe localized pain. It is difficult to diagnose and is usually diagnosed by ruling out other possible conditions or diseases. Its prevalence is probably under identified in children and adolescents. It occurs in girls more often than boys. It involves the lower extremities more often than upper extremities. It can move from one extremity to another.

INDICATORS OF AMP/CRPS:

  • A known cause or event that starts the pain cycle, but not always in children
  • Severe pain with light touch or skin, pain response which is disproportionate to injury or continuous pain
  • Changes to the area affected such as swelling, blood flow, hair growth or skin color
  • No other clear cause of pain or inability to move
  • No obvious nerve damage 

EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT

Elusive pain disorders can be very upsetting for families. Traditional medical care may fail when there is no designated reason for the pain, customary techniques are not beneficial or medications cannot or should not be sustained over a period of time.

A multidisciplinary approach is often recommended, including:

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • psychological intervention
  • Physician-prescribed mild medications

Treatment strategies include:

  • child and caregiver education
  • relearning normal use of the affected body part
  • desensitization
  • strengthening of the affected body part
  • coping skills to manage emotional components such as relaxation and mindfulness
  • mobilizing community resources

Outcomes include:

  • restoration of function
  • pain relief
  • reduced school absenteeism
  • social inclusion, not isolation
  • improved self awareness

HAVE A CONCERN?

Child and Family Development physical therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists can help your child get back to his/her healthy, happy self. You will be amazed at the ability to retrain the brain and body!  Click below to learn more about each of these services:

Click here for a printable page about pain. 

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

Clumsy or Dyspraxia? Read more from C&FD physical therapists

Monday, Dec 18, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Many moms and dads who contact Child & Family Development report that their child is “a little clumsy”.  In many instances, it can be difficult to recognize if this is simply part of development and adjusting to a growing body or an area to be explored more specifically. The explanation may be developmental dyspraxia.

 

The physical therapy team provides this explanation. 

 

Developmental dyspraxia is a motor learning difficulty that can affect planning of movements and coordination as a result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body. 

 

Do you describe a child in these ways?

·         Bumping into things all the time, or accident-prone

·         Inability or difficulty with skipping, jumping rope or climbing

·         Strong but not very coordinated

·         Falling out of chairs, knocking things over or messy

·         Awkward or difficulty walking or running

·         Difficulty playing, participating, or insecurities with sports or games

 

Children with dyspraxia have particular problems learning new motor skills and activities and coordinating the upper and lower limbs of the body. To efficiently move through the environment and learn new skills, the body relies on sensory systems- tactile (touch), vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (how muscles perceive actions). If these systems are not properly integrated, a child appears clumsy.

 

Some characteristics of developmental dyspraxia are:

·         Awkward gait movement

·         Decreased sense of body awareness

·         Emotional lability, sensitivity or appears distracted

·         Difficulty judging distances

·         Difficulty imitating body positions 

·         Poor balance

·         Poor sequencing of activities

·         Poor short and/or long term memory

·         Slow movement planning and reaction times in both fine motor gross motor 

 

Even if only a few of these characteristics are noted in a child, an evaluation could be the first step to address the issue. While there is no cure for dyspraxia, a trained pediatric occupational therapist or physical therapist can assist the child in learning ways to improve their motor planning abilities and becoming more successful with gross motor learning and performance.

 

Current data notes that 6% of all children ages 5-11 have a developmental coordination disorder. It is important to note that motor difficulties are likely to coexist with several other diagnoses, including:

·         Auditory Processing Disorder

·         Executive Function Disorder

·         Hypotonia

·         Low Birth Weight

·         Sensory Processing Disorder

 

There are treatment options for developmental dyspraxia.  There are several types of praxis (movement) that may be addressed in therapy. These types include: oral, sequential, postural, constructional, and praxis on verbal command. 

 

Research shows that a combination of strength and coordination goals, as well as work on specific functional skills (climbing stairs, skipping) is most effective. A therapist can, through play and exploration of new motor activities, address the affected area(s) of praxis and improve overall motor planning and abilities. 

 

Advanced training and techniques are used in treatment of developmental dyspraxia:

·         E-Stimulation (E-Stim) 

·         Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)™

·         Sensory Integration

·         Total Motion Release (TMR)®

 

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

C&FD therapists use Total Motion Release (TMR)

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 by Child & Family Development

3 members of our pediatric therapy team are trained in Total Motion Release® (TMR).

  • Marion Wilm, OTR/L, occupational therapist
  • Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC, physical therapist
  • Erin Krueger DPT ATRIC, physical therapist

Per the TMR website, this approach brings the body back into balance in a slightly different way than what is traditionally thought of for therapy.  TMR identifies fascial restrictions within the body.  Often times range of motion restrictions are not strictly due to muscular tightness.  By addressing the fascial restrictions, new range of motion may be freed, allowing for improved alignment for increased functional abilities.

To learn more about this approach, call us to schedule a free Intake appointment with one of these therapists.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, Marion Wilm, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Give aquatic physical therapy a try this fall!

Friday, Oct 20, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development offers pool-based physical therapy at the Harris YMCA!

The fall 2017 schedule block ends in late November and just a few trial spots remain open.  Families can attend one session to determine if a permanent session in the future would be beneficial and feasible. 

We have offered aquatic therapy for about 15 years and two physical therapists are in the water regularly this fall:

Erin Krueger, DPT, ATRIC
 Jessica Turchin, LPT, ATRIC

Sessions in the pool are offered in seasonal blocks or on a 1-time occasional basis to try it out as an adjunct to regular land based therapies. 

Pool therapy is a great complement to a physical therapy or occupational therapy intervention. 

  • The aquatic medium provides a number of unique properties that are almost impossible to replicate on land. 
  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water really helps our pediatric patients with body awareness and sensory integration.  Not to mention the undeniable aid with postural support for not only standing, but also for breathing! 
  • The buoyancy aids in off weighting the body to make coordination of activities much easier, as it can be used to lessen the strength required to perform a movement successfully.  Many people learn to walk first in the water and then on land. 
  • The confidence they have in the water is remarkable.  Imagine seeing a 7 year old motor plan and successfully walk for the first time in the water - now that 10 year old is walking independently on land! 

For the last 7 years, we have partnered with th Harris YMCA in Charlotte near South Park Mall.   The indoor pool has several features that are especially therapeutic including:

  • zero tide entrance, like walking into the ocean
  • whirlpool, with variable resistance and pressure 
  • heated water
  • floating equipment and toys

Click here to read more about the benefits of aquatic therapy.  

Click here to review the pool waiver and consent form. 

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger

C&FD PTs are celebrating National Physical Therapy Month!

Monday, Oct 2, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Our team of 6 physical therapists is celebrating National Physical Therapy Month 2017 with the American Physical Therapy Association!

MIDTOWN OFFICE (Charlotte) PINEVILLE OFFICE

Gail Fennimore PT PCS

Amy Sturkey LPT 

Blake Templeton DPT

Katie Eggleston Kennedy DPT

Erin Krueger DPT ATRIC

Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC

We provide services to children, teens and young adults with developmental, neurological and congenital impairments.  Services can be habilitative (learning a skill for the first time) or rehabilitative (becoming more proficient at a skill or relearning a skill).  We focus on improving and adapting a child's gross motor abilities.  

If you notice difficulties in one or more of these areas, an evaluation and treatment may be appropriate:

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Gait
  • Gross Motor Skill Acquisition
  • Motor Planning
  • Muscle Strength
  • Postural Alignment 
  • Range Of Motion
  • Strength in trunk and legs
  • Surgical Rehabilitation 

All of our therapists are licensed by the state of North Carolina. 

Child and Family Development physical therapists are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care, South Carolina Medicaid and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

Fall 2017 Aquatic Therapy at the Harris YMCA

Monday, Sep 18, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development continues pool-based physical therapy at the Harris YMCA!

We have offered aquatic therapy for about 15 years and four physical therapists will be in the water regularly this fall:

Erin Krueger, DPT, ATRIC
 Jessica Turchin, LPT, ATRIC

Sessions in the pool are offered in seasonal blocks or on a 1-time occasional basis to try it out as an adjunct to regular land based therapies. 

Pool therapy is a great complement to a physical therapy or occupational therapy intervention. 

  • The aquatic medium provides a number of unique properties that are almost impossible to replicate on land. 
  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water really helps our pediatric patients with body awareness and sensory integration.  Not to mention the undeniable aid with postural support for not only standing, but also for breathing! 
  • The buoyancy aids in off weighting the body to make coordination of activities much easier, as it can be used to lessen the strength required to perform a movement successfully.  Many people learn to walk first in the water and then on land. 
  • The confidence they have in the water is remarkable.  Imagine seeing a 7 year old motor plan and successfully walk for the first time in the water - now that 10 year old is walking independently on land! 

For the last 7 years, we have partnered with th Harris YMCA in Charlotte near South Park Mall.   The indoor pool has several features that are especially therapeutic including:

  • zero tide entrance, like walking into the ocean
  • whirlpool, with variable resistance and pressure 
  • heated water
  • floating equipment and toys

Click here to read more about the benefits of aquatic therapy.  

Click here to review the pool waiver and consent form. 

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger

Free Seminar on October 10: Preschool Sensory-Motor Development

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Preschool Sensory-Motor Development (2-5 years)

PRESENTED BY: 

TOPICS:

How children grow and explore their environment from 2-5 years 

  • Fine motor development
  • Gross motor development
  • Sensory processing

What kids are doing already 

If/When therapy can help

  • Red flags
  • Strategies 

EVENT DETAILS: 

For parents, caregivers and professionals (adults only; no childcare available)

Tuesday, October 10 at 6:15-7:15 PM 

Child & Family Development- Pineville   

10516 Park Road, Charlotte, NC  28210

Click HERE for a printable event flyer. 

Space is limited so you must register online HERE.  

SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, Megan Bevington, C&FD Seminars & Workshops

Jessica Turchin MPT celebrates 7 years at Child and Family Development

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 by Child & Family Development


Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC marks 7 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a physical therapist at the Pineville office.    

She shares:

"I have really enjoyed expanding the aquatic therapy pool program to 4 physical therapists this summer.  The C&FD team and the kids have had a lot of fun with the big group and developed new games and ideas off of each other.  As the mom of a baby myself now, I have a new appreciation for the amount of trust parents put into letting us work with their children and a new understanding of the level of worry they might have too.  It is an important part of my job to provide whatever comfort and easing of their mind I can, so we can get to work helping their little one!

Happy Anniversary Jessica! 

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services

Summer 2017 Aquatic Therapy at the Harris YMCA

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development continues pool-based physical therapy at the Harris YMCA!

We have offered aquatic therapy for about 15 years and four physical therapists will be in the water this summer:

Katie Eggleston, DPT
Erin (Harkins) Krueger, DPT, ATRIC
 Jessica Turchin, LPT, ATRIC
Blake Templeton, DPT

Pool therapy is a great complement to a physical therapy or occupational therapy intervention, in addition to regular land based therapies. 

  • The aquatic medium provides a number of unique properties that are almost impossible to replicate on land. 
  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water really helps our pediatric patients with body awareness and sensory integration.  Not to mention the undeniable aid with postural support for not only standing, but also for breathing! 
  • The buoyancy aids in off weighting the body to make coordination of activities much easier, as it can be used to lessen the strength required to perform a movement successfully.  Many people learn to walk first in the water and then on land. 
  • The confidence they have in the water is remarkable.  Imagine seeing a 7 year old motor plan and successfully walk for the first time in the water - now that 10 year old is walking independently on land! 

For the last 7 years, we have partnered with th Harris YMCA in Charlotte near South Park Mall.   The indoor pool has several features that are especially therapeutic including:

  • zero tide entrance, like walking into the ocean
  • whirlpool, with variable resistance and pressure 
  • heated water
  • floating equipment and toys

Click here to read more about the benefits of aquatic therapy.  

Read the C&FD blog

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

Physical Therapy helps infants with torticollis

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development physical therapists loves helping infants diagnosed with torticollis or plagiocephaly. 

Infants experience such rapid gross motor development in the first seven months of life and with just a few tips to new parents, there can be huge improvements in their overall development.

A diagnosis of torticollis means that there is a neck musculature imbalance, and the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) is the muscle involved. Plagiocephaly is usually a secondary diagnosis to torticollis. It is caused by the infant resting heavily on one part of the head which leads to a flattening of the head in that area.

A helmet is usually prescribed to improve head shape, but many of the cases I have treated by conservative measures have improved head shape and a helmet is not necessary.

The SCM is the large neck muscle that runs from the mastoid process (close to the ear), all the way down to the sternum. Its function is to rotate and tilt the head. When the SCM is tight on one side it causes the head to tilt in that direction and rotate to the opposite direction. For example, if the right SCM is tight, the child's head will tilt to the right and rotate to the left. Now, there are exceptions to every rule and sometimes a child's head will tilt and rotate to the same side, but for the most part, torticollis follows the previously mentioned pattern.

The cause of the musculature imbalance could be related to how the child was positioned in the womb, positioning following birth during sleep or resting, and/or if the child is not getting the necessary amount of tummy time. Most of the time, a parent or a pediatrician notice the child's head is flat on one side or on the back or notice a slight tilt of the neck/head in photographs.

The treatment for torticollis is effective. Weekly physical therapy usually takes 6-12 weeks, depending on the severity. There's also a home exercise program of daily stretching. 

Want more info or to schedule an appointment?

Contact our office to schedule a free phone consult with a Child and Family Development physical therapist. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

 Click here to read more about torticollis on the National Institute of Health website.

Click here and here to read more about tummy time on our blog. 

Click here to register for our June 8 New Take On Tummy Time free seminar.

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

Don't Take Our Word For It! A grateful physical therapy student

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development physical therapists and occupational therapists are pleased to partner with University of North Carolina- Allied Health programs to offer internships for students interested in pediatric therapy.   

In 2017, Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC supported a young man completing his final physical therapy placement.  Upon completion of the program, he surprised her with a lovely note about his experience that included these words:

"...You are an amazing instructor. You are patient, supportive and challenging which has helped me grow so much.  I came into this rotation with uncertainty and very little confidence and you helped turn that around.  I had so much fun with you and all the kiddos and I feel much more comfortable with my ability and potential to become a great PT (hopefully as great as you someday!). Thank you again for all your hard work and incredible energy everyday.  You are AMAZING!"

Read more about physical therapy services here.            

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Testimonials

Don't Take Our Word For It! Wonderful PT service

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC is a physical therapist at Child and Family Development- Pineville office. 

A recent client survey included a nice compliment: "Everything was WONDERFUL!  Thank you!”

Read more about Jessica's expertise and approach to pediatric therapy here.         

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

  

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Testimonials

Physical Therapy Focus: Resolving Torticollis by Jessica Turchin LPT ATRIC

Monday, Oct 31, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

October is National Physical Therapy Month and we are celebrating with the APTA #choosePT

Each physical therapist on our staff of 6 will share a bit of expertise, including Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC!

Jessica enjoys evaluating and treating infants with torticollis, in part because quick improvements with intervention are common!

Torticollis is a tightening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) which is a large neck muscle that runs from the mastoid process (close to the ear), through the neck and down to the sternum. The SCM function is to rotate and tilt the head.  When the SCM is tight on one side, it causes the head to tilt in that direction and rotate to the opposite direction. The muscle on the opposite side becomes overstretched and weak.  

The cause of torticollis could be related to how the child was positioned in the womb, positioning following birth during sleep or resting, a secondary effect of arching the back strongly and/or if the child is not getting the necessary amount of tummy time.  

Parents noticing that their baby tends to prefer keeping their head to one side versus the other and intervening early with recommendations from a physical therapist can lead to quick and early correction of this condition.  Activities to help resolve this condition include massage, gentle stretching and exercises to strengthen the opposite side, all done in a fun, play-based manner.  

A "wait and see" approach is generally not recommended and can lead to delays in gross motor and fine motor skills, muscle imbalances in other parts of the body and flattening of the skull one the side the child prefers.

A pediatric physical therapy evaluation and treatment usually results in habilitation of this condition and return to track of typical child development.

Learn more about our physical therapists on our website and our blog.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services

National Physical Therapy Month #choosePT

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

October is National Physical Therapy Month and we are celebrating with the APTA #choosePT

Pediatric physical therapy is not just rehabilitation of injuries or therapy for “little adults”. While it certainly includes rehabilitation from sports injuries, post-surgery, broken bones and other conditions, it more commonly addresses “habilitation” rather than “re-habilitation”. That is, we are working with children to develop gross motor skills for the first time, rather than regain skills after a loss.  This “habilitation” often occurs when there is a gross motor delay related to late crawling and late walking.  At times, a delay is present in conjunction with a medical diagnosis, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mitochondrial disorder and spina bifida, to name just a few.

STAFF:

MIDTOWN OFFICE

Gail Fennimore PT, PCS, C/NDT

Jill Pfund DPT

Amy Sturkey LPT, C/NDT

PINEVILLE OFFICE

Katie Eggleston DPT

Erin Krueger DPT, ATRIC

Jessica Turchin MPT, ATRIC

SPECIALTY SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Adaptive Equipment Assessment & Management
  • Aquatic Therapy at Harris YMCA
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
  • Karate Groups
  • Kinesiotaping® & Strapping
  • Learning To Ride A Bike
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment™ (NDT)
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Serial Casting
  • Sports Rehab & Training
  • Total Motion Release® (TMR)

Learn more about our physical therapists on our website and our blog.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston

Jessica Turchin, physical therapist, celebrates 6 years at C&FD

Friday, Aug 5, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Jessica Turchin  

Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC is a physical therapist at the Pineville office. She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

She knew she wanted to work with children even before she knew she wanted to be a physical therapist, because children have a drive to succeed no matter what their circumstances.  She loves the positivity and determination that children have to obtain a goal because they don’t know that they “can’t” do something…they just find another way!  She sees her role in their life as someone to guide them along the way and show them different ways to try something until we find the best fit for them.  

A colleague shares: 

I admire Jessica's passion and drive to give the best possible care to each and every one of her clients. She is very approachable to ask questions about specific treatments, handling techniques and diagnoses.  She gladly shares her extensive knowledge on a broad spectrum of pediatric topics. You can tell her commitment to care for her families is reciprocated back to her, as everyone wanted weekly updates throughout her maternity leave J

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services

Summer 2016 Aquatic Therapy at the Harris YMCA

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development continues pool-based physical therapy at the Harris YMCA!

We have offered aquatic therapy for more than 10 years and three physical therapists will be in the water this summer:

Erin (Harkins) Krueger, DPT, ATRIC
Katie Eggleston, DPT
 Jessica Turchin, LPT, ATRIC (upon her return from leave)

Pool therapy is a great complement to a physical therapy or occupational therapy intervention, in addition to regular land based therapies. 

  • The aquatic medium provides a number of unique properties that are almost impossible to replicate on land. 
  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water really helps our pediatric patients with body awareness and sensory integration.  Not to mention the undeniable aid with postural support for not only standing, but also for breathing! 
  • The buoyancy aids in off weighting the body to make coordination of activities much easier, as it can be used to lessen the strength required to perform a movement successfully.  Many people learn to walk first in the water and then on land. 
  • The confidence they have in the water is remarkable.  Imagine seeing a 7 year old motor plan and successfully walk for the first time in the water - now that 10 year old is walking independently on land! 

For the last 6 years, we have partnered with th Harris YMCA in Charlotte near South Park Mall.   The indoor pool has several features that are especially therapeutic including:

  • zero tide entrance, like walking into the ocean
  • whirlpool, with variable resistance and pressure 
  • heated water
  • floating equipment and toys

Click here to read more about the benefits of aquatic therapy.  

Read the C&FD blog

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Katie Eggleston

craniosacral therapy with C&FD occupational therapists and physical therapist

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on treatment technique utilizing the bones, soft tissues, and fluids surrounding the cranium, spinal column, and sacrum, along with the fascial diaphragms in the body.  The goal of CST is to encourage the self-healing properties within the body and reduce restrictions in fascial movement and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid.  Based on an understanding of neuroscience principles, the membranes of the fascial and craniosacral systems can undergo palpable, sustained change. 

As the body changes, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) changes its rate, rhythm, symmetry and amplitude.  CSF is the filtrate of the arterial blood, which supplies the brain and central nervous system with nutrition, energy and a watery environment in which brain cells and organs can live and function.  

Therapeutic benefits can include:

  • Improved body alignment and function
  • Improved cranial alignment
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved respiration
  • Movement from heightened sympathetic state to a calmer parasympathetic state
  • Increased focus
  • Improved body awareness

People with these conditions and others may benefit from CST:

  • Torticollis/ Plagiocephaly
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Colic and digestive issues
  • Poor attention
  • Reduced impulse control
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Pain
  • Neurodevelopmental difficulties
  • Balance and coordination disorders
  • Sensory processing disorders

Three members of the Child and Family Development team are trained in CST:

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY                          PHYSICAL THERAPY

Jessica Hoffarth, MS OTR/L                        Jessica Turchin, MPT ATRIC

Marion Wilm, OTR/L C/NDT

Read more about CST on our blog here.

Contact our office to schedule a free Intake with a CST-trained therapist.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Occupational Therapist   Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, Marion Wilm, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Physical therapist approved holiday gifts for 1-year-old kids

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 by Child & Family Development

The holiday season is approaching! Are you trying to come up with some good gift ideas for kids? 

                     

Our physical therapy team made a list of motor milestones and related toys to consider for a 1-year-old child.

12-21 months old

Considerations/ Milestones Toys
  • begins pulling to stand
  • creeps
  • puts objects into and out of container
  • enjoys placing things on head
  • looks at and explores objects with hands
  • push toys
  • plastic nesting or stacking containers
  • cups
  • balls
  • blocks - small and brightly colored
  • baskets
  • boxes - simple ones to open and close

18-21 months old

Considerations/ Milestones Toys
  • needs interesting variety
  • likes to move and climb on things
  • constantly on the move; short attention span
  • more aware of people
  • begins to talk more readily
  • pull toys
  • pots and pans
  • sand toys
  • water toys
  • dolls
  • hammer toys
  • sturdy books with large colored pictures
  • stuffed toys
  • large blocks
  • toy telephone
  • large beads to string
  • simple shape sorter

Our team of 7 physical therapists always recommend home activities for clients to expedite progress.  Wondering about your little one's early development? 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore

C&FD physical therapists work with NuMotion for equipment

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development is proud to work with NuMotion in Charlotte and Pineville. The company vision is to support individuals in their pursuit of mobility and independence.  

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services

C&FD physical therapists work with Cranial Technologies for kids with plagiocephaly

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development is proud to work with Cranial Technologies in Charlotte and Pineville.  

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services

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