• Stretching with Children with Cerebral Palsy: What Do We Know and Where Are We Going?

    3 monthes ago - By Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Purpose:
    To review research regarding mechanisms of muscle contracture in cerebral palsy and the effectiveness of stretching, and to discuss current physical therapy stretching practices. Community-based recreation opportunities that encourage flexibility and fitness are explored as alternatives to traditional therapy stretching approaches.
    Summary of Key Points:
    Mechanisms of muscle contracture in children with CP are unclear and clinical research evaluating the effects of stretching is inconclusive. Recent shifts in thinking about the management of children with CP suggest an increased...
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  • Therapeutic Effects of Yoga for Children: A Systematic Review of the Literature

    Therapeutic Effects of Yoga for Children: A Systematic Review of the Literature

    3 monthes ago - By Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Purpose:
    We completed a systematic review of the literature on the effect of yoga on quality of life and physical outcome measures in the pediatric population. We explored various databases and included case-control and pilot studies, cohort and randomized controlled trials that examined yoga as an exercise intervention for children.
    Summary of Key Points:
    Using the Sackett levels of evidence, this article reviews the literature on yoga as a complementary mind-body movement therapy. We address the research through three practice patterns according to the Guide to Physical Therapist...
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