John Langdon Down first described Down’s syndrome in 1866. It is a genetic condition, which occurs when there is an extra copy or part of an extra copy of chromosome 21.
Children with Down’s syndrome require physio as they all have varying degrees of motor delay, which may be related to low muscle tone and weakness, joint hypermobility and poor postural stability.
Physiotherapy concentrates on increasing core stability and strengthening to help the development of optimal movement patterns and their gross motor skills. It is recommended that physio starts as soon as possible in a child’s life as children with Down’s syndrome can learn compensatory movements.
Weekly or fortnightly physiotherapy will greatly benefit children with Down’s syndrome. If your child is not offered this on the NHS, get in touch and we can arrange a specialist paediatric physio experienced in working with children with Down’s syndrome to see your child.
For more information and contact details please visit our local Physiocomestoyou Ltd page.