Gross motor skills require the use of the large muscles in the body. These skills include actions such as, walking, climbing stairs, holding objects, balancing and much more. Gross motor skills are essential to many daily activities. You may have a concern with your gross motor skills due to an injury, abnormal muscle tone, neurological impairment or development delayed milestones. For children, there may be a neurological issue. With adults, there may have been an illness or injury. There are many reasons why physical therapy can help with gross motor skills.
A physical therapist will perform a gross motor assessment to determine current abilities with gross motor skills. This information is used to develop an individualized plan of treatment to improve gross motor skills. Goals are set with the patient. All around, physical therapy is a comprehensive approach to treating gross motor problems.
Treatment may include activities to:
- Strengthen muscles
- Improve muscle tone and flexibility
- Improve balance and coordination
- A home exercise therapy routine
- Reduce pain
A physical therapist helps to increase strength, range of motion, endurance, postural support and mobility. They may also use hot and cold treatments and massage to address gross motor related issues.
Problems with gross motor skills can be disabling in just about any setting as well as in everyday life. Both children and adults are at risk for obesity, low self-esteem and even academic underachievement. For adults, it may impair job performance and the ability to take care of a family. If you have problems with balance, you’re at high risk for a fall. A physical therapist will provide safe exercises and even order assistive devices for safe walking. They can also perform specific maneuvers to restore proper vestibular functioning. Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems associated with gross motor skills deficiency. Physical therapists treat people of all ages and abilities.
Childhood milestones include motor development. By age three, your child should be able to kick a ball, pedal a tricycle, jump in place, run and climb without difficulty. These are the gross motor skills that a three-year old should have achieved. If they haven’t reached those milestones, it may be wise to have them evaluated by a physical therapist.
To find a physical therapy, you can get a recommendation from your primary care physician or get a referral from a friend. The key here is to get help.
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