• Barbara Oliveira

Physical Therapy Benefits for Kids and Teens

Physical therapy is an effective treatment for conditions that limit children's movement. Do you want to know other benefits? Check out!


Physical therapy is a discipline that offers numerous benefits for the prevention and treatment of some diseases in children. It covers different areas of activity and complements the work of several specialties in the health area. The physical therapist works as a team with educators, parents and other health professionals.

Several decades ago, physical therapy was strongly related to the treatment of patients with neurological sequelae. But there are now other benefits for the holistic health of children, and teens.

  • 1. Work on Posture

One of the main approaches to physical therapy is through postural hygiene. In addition to this preventive aspect, it also addresses the treatment of postural changes caused by neurological injuries (motor, visual or cognitive).

  • 2. Complements the Treatment of Respiratory Diseases

Child physical therapy improves respiratory mechanics and capacity in children with lung diseases or diseases that affect the airways. These include bronchiolitis, asthma or cystic fibrosis.

  • 3. Relieves Muscle Pain

As with adults, children also suffer from back pain or headaches. During the first years of life, children do not have the necessary tools to identify the source of pain or communicate their discomfort to the adult. But that doesn't mean she doesn't suffer from it and doesn't need treatment to relieve possible pain.

For this reason, the role of the physical therapist is fundamental to evaluate and treat some joint or muscular diseases. And this work is done using manual and painless techniques.

  • 4. Improves Balance and Vestibular Function

Before starting treatment, the physical therapist assesses the child comprehensively. In this way, it is possible to identify developmental disorders that limit mobility, coordination, strength or balance.

In addition, the most appropriate treatment plan can be established for each case and improve the patient's overall functionality.

  • 5. Promotes Motor and Sensory Development

Physiotherapy accompanies the motor development of children of all ages, both with typical development and with some alteration. It addresses the child through specific neuro and psychomotor stimulation, so that each individual reaches their gr