Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of genetic disorders that cause progressive muscle weakness and deterioration. While there is currently no cure for MD, pediatric physiotherapy can help to manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life. At Absolute Health & Wellness, we have extensive experience in treating children with MD through individualized physiotherapy programs. In this blog post, we will explore how pediatric physiotherapy can help treat MD and improve outcomes for children.

Understanding Muscular Dystrophy

MD is a genetic condition that affects the muscles responsible for movement. It is characterized by progressive muscle weakness and wasting, leading to difficulty with mobility, balance, and coordination. MD can affect children of all ages, with different types of MD having different onset times and severity levels. The most common type of MD in children is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which primarily affects boys.

How Pediatric Physiotherapy Can Help

Pediatric physiotherapy can be an essential tool in managing the symptoms of MD and improving outcomes for children. Here are some of the ways in which pediatric physiotherapy can help:

Strengthen Muscles: Muscular weakness is a hallmark of MD. Pediatric physiotherapy can help strengthen muscles through exercises and stretches, which can improve overall mobility and function.

Improve Range of Motion: Children with MD may experience limited range of motion due to muscle weakness and contractures. Pediatric physiotherapy can help improve range of motion through stretching exercises and techniques.

Improve Balance and Coordination: Children with MD may experience difficulty with balance and coordination due to muscle weakness. Pediatric physiotherapy can help improve these skills through exercises that target specific muscle groups and balance training.

Prevent Complications: Children with MD are at risk of developing complications such as scoliosis, respiratory issues, and joint contractures. Pediatric physiotherapy can help prevent or manage these complications through exercises and techniques that improve muscle strength and mobility.

Promote Independence: Pediatric physiotherapy can help children with MD achieve greater independence by improving their mobility and ability to perform daily activities.

Why Choose Absolute Health & Wellness?

At Absolute Health & Wellness, we understand the unique needs of children with MD and take a personalized approach to care. Our team of highly skilled pediatric physiotherapists has years of experience working with children with MD. We use a range of techniques, including exercise, stretches, and assistive devices, to help improve muscle strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, and overall function.

We work closely with parents and healthcare providers to develop individualized treatment plans that address the specific needs of each child. We provide a supportive and compassionate environment where your child can feel comfortable and motivated during their therapy sessions. Our goal is to help your child achieve the highest level of function and independence possible.


Pediatric physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for children with muscular dystrophy. At Absolute Health & Wellness, we specialize in providing personalized care for children with MD. Our team of highly skilled pediatric physiotherapists has years of experience working with children with this condition. If you're looking for a clinic that provides comprehensive care for your child with MD, look no further than Absolute Health & Wellness. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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About the Author - Dr. Johann de Chickera

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Dr. Johann is a fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor. His approach emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and improving one’s health naturally. Dr. Johann obtained a Doctor of Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Education at CCNM is a vigorous four years, with a curriculum involving biomedical sciences, physical diagnosis, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle management.

While Dr. Johann has a general practice, he focuses on fertility, hormonal imbalances, gut health, and autoimmune disease.

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