I recently attended a pediatric myofascial release workshop in San Jose, taught by an Occupational Therapist who specializes in working with children. She has extensive training and experience in the use of myofascial release as part of her treatment program. I took the course to learn ways in which my skills could help a broader group of kids.
I love children. In addition to the children I've treated professionally, I have enjoyed volunteer work in a variety of organizations, caring for, teaching, and mentoring kids anywhere from 6 months to 18 years of age.
The majority of children I have worked with professionally saw me for an injury or for chronic pain. I've used myofascial release to treat children with scoliosis, movement dysfunction, trauma, pain, and headaches. It's a great complement to traditional pediatric therapy, as this technique can allow for increased mobility and significant improvement in structural alignment.
In addition to these areas familiar to me, the course also covered specific application to children with head injuries, birth trauma, neurological dysfunction, and cerebral palsy.
In the neurologically impaired child, there is secondary tightness due to the effects of spasticity and limited movement ability. When added to more traditional therapy, myofascial release can be of great help for these secondary problems. I would love to be part of the team that helps kids with cerebral palsy, neurological dysfunction, or even those with autism or other developmental behavioral disorders who struggle with movement dysfunction.
To parents of children dealing with chronic pain, I would like to pass on a local resource that may be of help. While at the course, I met a physical therapist who works at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford; she's part of a multidisciplinary team at the Pediatric Pain and Symptom Management Clinic. This team works together to develop an individualized treatment plan for children and adolescents who struggle with chronic pain. We are fortunate to have this resource nearby. For more information, see their website: Pediatric Pain Management
Overall, it was a good course. I look forward to using the information taught, in combination with my previous training and experience, to treat the children and adolescents that I see.