9 Ways a Physical Therapist Can Help SMA Patients

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Improve Development Skills
The physical therapist will work with the child to come up with strategies to improve development skills. This may include exercises to help maintain head and trunk control, aid rolling and crawling, encourage infants to pull up into a standing position, learn how to maintain upper body control through sitting up, and learn how to stand and walk.

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Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy (or water therapy) refers to a range of exercises that are done in a swimming pool. This allows the child to go through a range of motions in the pool without overworking the muscles.

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Standing Programs
For children with SMA who cannot walk, standing programs offer a chance to strengthen bones and leg muscles and reduce the risk of contractures.

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