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Entering the world of pediatric therapies can be daunting, especially as a new parent with so many questions. We are here to put you at ease and help you transition smoothly through this new world.

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  • What is pediatric physical therapy?
    PHYSICAL THERAPY addresses any dysfunction of the body in performing gross motor skills, typically anything involving movement of the parts and whole of the body related to the musculoskeletal system or other systems, which may include bodywork to release tension within those systems. PEDIATRIC simply means supporting children, from newborns to 21-years-old. Unlike a typical adult/orthopedic PT, pediatric PT's must engage children in play to work on the "exercises" or skills with which they are challenged.
  • What makes Nora different from other pediatric therapists?
    Nora prides herself on building a strong rapport and relationship with not only your child, but also the family. Having such trust allows her to perform many hands-on techniques that will support your child in decreasing tension or tightness within his or her body and underlying structures, as well as pushing him or her to advance towards his or her greatest functional independence. She is constantly updating her repetoire of skills with continuing education courses, including presenting with The Breathe Institute's series, The Breathe Baby Course, and connecting with other professionals to collaboratively address your child's challenges.
  • What is bodywork? What is fascia?
    Bodywork generally refers to hands-on techniques including massage, manipulation and passive movement, performed to release tension within the body's soft tissue structures. Limited or abnormal range of motion, such as is frequently found in a baby diagnosed with toritcollis, plagiocephaly or brachial plexus birth injuries, may be related to limitations within the body's fascia. Fascia is a form of connective tissue, which surrounds every organ, muscle and structure within the human body, a fibrous matrix of cells that can get stuck to itself and heal haphazardly after injury, (including the natural course of the birth process). It can be modified through manual techniques wherein the therapist uses her hands to gently move the body to address those restrictions, often by identifying and moving into the direction of ease. Rather than stretching a tight muscle by pulling in the opposite direction of where the tissue "wants to go," we allow the tissues to heal and relax before gradually supporting the body to move in a direction it may not have felt in quite a while, or ever.
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