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Physiotherapy

The disease and the accompanying treatments may impact your child's physical development and range of movement. Physical skills such as standing, walking, running, jumping and exercising may be lost or less successful during the treatment process or for a longer period once the treatment is completed. General and pediatric physiotherapists have specific knowledge about the physical development, motor skills, posture and fitness of children. They are experienced at guiding parents and children both during and post treatment.

General and pediatric physiotherapists can advise you about your child's ability to exercise and participate in sports, both during and after the medical treatment. As part of this, they work closely with the other healthcare professionals involved, particularly the pediatric exercise physiologist and the pediatric occupational therapist. 
On this page, you can read more information about the treatment.
 

Facilities

Our hospital has been built to stimulate the development of children. You can really move around at different places within the hospital. The sports and movement recreation area on the ground floor has been specifically designed for this purpose. Children, however, can also play and discover things at the park and the construction site.
 
In our department's exercise laboratory, we can measure children's physical capacities and provide advice about their guidance. The fitness center is suitable for training children. We also have a sports hall where we can practice different skills with the children. 

Maximum Movement

Moving maximally during and after the treatment means moving within limits. And these limitations are different for every child, every situation and every phase. Maximum movement varies from sitting upright in bed to intensive walking or strength training. The treating team knows what is best for your child, both in the hospital and at home. The advice is usually sufficient for parents and children, but sometimes additional guidance from a pediatric physiotherapist is necessary.

The hospital's pediatric physiotherapist has experience with children with cancer, and he/she will create a suitable program for your child that takes into account his/her capacity. Young children practice by playing, and older children do more strength and conditioning, such as using an exercise bike in their room. They can also complete a (maximum) exercise test to monitor their condition.

If your child also requires physiotherapy at home, the hospital's pediatric physiotherapist will ensure a proper transition.

 

Pediatric physiotherapists