Typical Treatment Session at Euro-Peds

Below you will find specific descriptions of typical treatments at the Euro-Peds clinic. If you are interested in learning about our services in general, take a look at our programs and learn about The Euro-Peds difference.

Each session may consist of the following, as appropriate:
(Please click on treatment to see photos and a printable PDF.)

Preparation Phase – Generally, the first part of treatment is a preparation period. This can consist of warming up the muscles through hot packs and massage followed by stretching and strengthening the muscles so that they are ready for the second part of therapy.  For children who do not have tight muscles, more stimulatory techniques and activities are performed during the preparation phase.

  • Moist Hot-Packs – 10-15 minutes of application to areas of tight musculature.
  • Therapeutic Massage – 15-20 minutes to prepare muscles for stretching and strengthening.
  • Manual Therapy – Consists of soft tissue and/or joint mobilizations to increase range of motion and prepare the body for movement/exercise.
  • Stretching and Range of Motion – 30-60 minutes of stretching, passive range of motion (PROM), active-assisted range of motion (AAROM), active range of motion (AROM) and/or resisted range of motion (RROM) to prepare for strengthening and functional activities.
  • Strengthening Exercises – Focus on weak muscle groups, often utilizes the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU).
  • Sensory Integration – Consists of manual techniques.

Secondary Phase – In the second phase of therapy, a number of activities are practiced which include balance, coordination and functional activities such as head control, rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking.

  • Balance and Coordination – These skills are essential in order to maintain different positions as well as to be able to move through different positions independently.
  • Functional Activities – Includes activities such as rolling, crawling, kneeling, transfers, standing, stair climbing, etc.
  • Gait Training – Walking with and without assistive devices.
  • Suit Therapy (if approved by physician) – Euro-Peds was the first program in the U.S. to offer Suit Therapy for strengthening, balance and functional activities. Suit Therapy increases proprioceptive awareness and positions the child in a more ideal alignment during these activities.  Suit therapy is typically done for 1-2 hours per day. Hip X-rays are required prior to using the suit.
  • Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) – Another treatment first offered in the U.S. by Euro-Peds.

Other Program Components:

  • Home Exercise Program – Detailed written home exercise program with digital pictures. Videos available upon request.
  • Referrals Available for Orthotics, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

*For the 4-hour program, it is strongly recommended that children do a 2-week session the first time to make sure they can tolerate intensive physical therapy.  After this first session, the PT can recommend whether 2-, 3- or 4-week sessions are best.