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Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy services at Jabbergym focus on facilitating strength, range of motion, positioning, balance strategies, transitional skills, gait and overall independent functional mobility for our pediatric clients as well as orthotic and adaptive equipment implementation when necessary. On-going parent education with provision of activities for home is crucial for a successful physical therapy program.

At Jabbergym we serve clients from birth through adolescence through our contracts with Alta California Regional Center (birth-3 years), school districts (3-22 years of age) and we also offer physical therapy services through private referrals.

Jabbergym employs California licensed Physical Therapists who have graduated from an accredited Physical Therapy Program. Our physical therapists utilize continuing education to diversify and augment their pediatric treatment skills.

Common Definitions

  • Strength

    The amount of force muscles can produce with or against gravity to create movement

  • Range of Motion

    The available amount of motion that can occur within the various joints in the body and that is necessary for functional movement.

  • Tone

    The degree of tension in resting muscle tissue or during passive stretching of muscle tissue. Hypertonia is when there is increased tension in a muscle. Hypotonia is when there is decreased tensionin a muscle. Tone can be a consideration for balance, strength, and posture.

  • Optimal positioning and alignment

    Having good posture and alignment during functional and play activities allows our bodies to move more easily and efficiently. It also decreases the chance of causing pain, overstretching muscles, or overworking muscles.

  • Coordination

    The ability to time joint movements and muscle activity in order to create movement patterns in space, such as skipping or galloping. Coordination is also important for play activities, such ascatching a ball or doing yoga poses.

  • Endurance

    Muscular endurance is the ability of our muscles to produce force repeatedly over an extended period of time. Cardiovascular endurance is the ability of our heart and lungs to work togetherover extended periods of physical activity, such as running or playing sports.

  • Gross Motor Skills

    Skills that require larger body movements and often involve larger muscles or larger groups of muscles working together. Examples can include running, walking, crawling, throwing and catching a ball, and jumping.

  • Gait

    The body's manner in which it carries out walking. A gait cycle is a specific repetitive pattern that can be observed for variations amongst individuals. These variations can change throughout development.

  • Functional mobility

    The ability to move in the environment in a way that one can achieve functional tasks and participate in activities with others

  • Orthotic and Adaptive Equipment implementation when needed
    Orthotics are external devices that can be used to aid functional movement. Examples of orthotics are shoe inserts or braces for the feet. Adaptive equipment can be used to aid functional mobility at home and in the community. Examples of adaptive equipment are walkers, wheelchairs, crutches or adaptive chairs.
  • Does my child need PT?

    A child may need a PT assessment or ongoing treatment if they are having difficulty with one or more of the following:

    • Gross motor skills: sitting, crawling, walking, jumping
    • Skills requiring balance or coordination
    • Difficulty accessing their play or school environment: playground, home, classroom
    • Seem clumsy and uncoordinated
    • Limited play skills
    • Seem weak or have difficulty moving
    • Have decreased balance or tend to fall frequently