GEMMA ROUS INDEPENDANT PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY
Physiotherapy for Children
At Gemma Rous Independent Paediatric Physiotherapy, we believe that children are not just 'mini adults', and therefore our paediatric physiotherapy aims to make treatment fun as well as therapeutic. After all, a child's 'occupation' is to play.
Children grow and develop at different rates and what is suitable for a 6 month old is very different to the needs of a 6 year old. Treatment sessions will always be individual and tailored to the changing needs of your child.
We believe that each child is unique, therefore therapy sessions will be adapted according to the age and abilities of the child, taking into account physical impairments, cognitive abilities, congenital difficulties, sensory disorders and other unknown entities. Many factors affect neuro-development and skeletal maturation in the growing child, therefore a holistic approach that takes into account social and emotional factors alongside physical health, is always used.
GRIPP provides private physiotherapy services across North Devon to your home and through a Braunton-based clinic, located at PHP (Private Health Professionals).
Following an initial assessment with GRIPP, you will be given advice on activities to carry out at home and provided with a bespoke exercise programme. Follow-up appointments will be offered to assist with ongoing treatment needs and programmes will be updated as necessary.
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GRIPP was set up in 2018 by paediatric physiotherapist Gemma Rous .
Gemma qualified in 2007 from Brunel University, London and has gained broad experience working in a wide variety of paediatric posts, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.
She has worked in a number of environments; both across the public and private healthcare sector, within schools and charities and in client’s homes. She has also been involved in the development of healthcare service provision within special needs educational settings both in London and in Bangladesh.
Gemma has a clinical interest in early intervention and treating neurodevelopment/ neurological conditions in the growing child.
In order to develop her skill set, she has partaken in a number of different post-graduate courses. The most influential on her current therapeutic practice being the Bobath Foundation Course and Level 3 Specialist Paediatrics in Kinesio Taping.
She enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities.
Having competed at international level in sport (and receiving many a therapy session herself), she understands the frustrations first hand and can empathise with young athletes on the road to recovery. She enjoys the challenge of being creative in rehab to support their return to sport or simply overcoming life's challenges.
Alongside her private work, Gemma currently works for the community paediatric team in North Devon, providing assessment treatment for the 0-19 age group. Her clinical caseload includes children with both neurological and orthopaedic conditions and she has extensive assessment, treatment and management skills.
Gemma has previously worked privately in both London and Oxford, and has also been involved in medical legal work. She is excited about expanding her services with GRIPP across North Devon.
Having grown up in another area of Devon, Gemma moved back to the county in 2016, and currently lives in Ilfracombe with her family.
A number of different assessment and treatment techniques are used depending on the problem presented. Your physiotherapist will explain to you the treatments that they are using and why as they are carried out.
All aims of paediatric physiotherapy are to assist the child to:
- Reduce pain/discomfort
- Improve function and independence
- Increase strength and stability
- Assist in better postural alignment and movement patterns
- Learn strategies to cope with abnormal movement patterns
- Prevent any secondary complications often associated with growth
- Educate in order to increase understanding of the presenting problem(s).
Any physical presentation that impacts on your child’s physical health, or that gives you cause for concern, can be assessed. In all cases, we will be able to advise if it is suitable to see a physiotherapist or whether help from another professional is required.
Examples of types of conditions treated:
Neuro-developmental/motor delay, including work with pre-term infants
Neurological conditions ie: Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder andbBalance difficulties, including Dyspraxia
Undiagnosed genetic/congenital conditions
Orthopaedic postural impairment ie: post-fracture complications
Musculoskeletal /pain problems in the developing child.
Helping children reach their potential each and every day
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