Curious about how tricycles help with physical therapy? We explain three benefits tricycles have for your child with special needs.
Why would a child need Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy focuses on helping children improve their motor skills, such as running or walking. Physical therapists also work on strengthening the muscles and improving flexibility. The benefits of physical therapy extend beyond the physical realm. It can also help improve cognitive functioning, social skills, and emotional well-being. If you think your child may benefit from physical therapy, please reach out to us.
Benefits of tricycles for physical therapy include:
1. Improved motor skills
Tricycles help children develop fine motor skills such as hand-eye coordination and steering. The action of pedaling also improves balance and navigation.
2. Strengthened muscles
By riding a tricycle, children can exercise their lower extremities. Their muscles move extend, stretch, and flex.
3. Enhanced cardiovascular fitness
Tricycling puts less stress on joints while still providing an effective cardiovascular workout. It strengthens overall heart health and helps boost lung capacity while reducing blood pressure.
Physical Therapy at Tender Care PPEC
Tender Care’s pediatric physical therapy team provides evaluation and treatment to children with a wide variety of diagnoses. Our therapists utilize treatment techniques that have been clinically proven to increase fine motor skills, the development of core stability, and lower extremity function in children.
Treatment techniques consist of
- Developmental training
- Home exercise programs designed for the individual patient
- Incorporation of state-of-the-art treatment and adaptive equipment
Our physical therapy program emphasizes the rehabilitation of the patient with a focus on the development of the child as a whole and on increasing a child’s lifelong potential.
Why should my child go to Tender Care PPEC?
Tender Care PPEC provides care for medically complex and fragile children from birth to 21 years of age in a daycare-like environment staffed with nurses, CNAs, and therapists. We are the first independently owned PPEC in the State of Florida with our initial center opening in 1988. This means we have an abundance of experience and knowledge in providing loving care to this special pediatric population. We have 6 Tender Care PPEC centers throughout Florida, with our newest facility located in Lake Park.
Our goal is to enhance the development of each child through collaborative relationships between families, physicians, nurses, and therapists. This holistic approach to care is carried out in an environment that allows the child to engage in social interactions with their peers. This results in thriving children, well-positioned to achieve their greatest potential. We also offer transportation at no cost and provide nutritious meals throughout the day.
What sets us apart is that we care for and treat every child like family. We have passion in our hearts for our children and a desire to see them succeed.
*This is not medical advice, always consult with your child’s doctor before making any changes to their lifestyle.