Therapy Ideas to Help and Manage Increased Tone
Watch our Zoom Webinar with Gympanzees CEO and Founder and Physiotherapist Stephanie Wheen.
Learn about what tone is, what can affect your child’s tone and how to increase and manage your child’s tone. As well as some excellent stretches to try and how to improve your child’s tone with small changes to your child’s day-to-day activities.
Tone is made up of the neural side (anything coming from the brain) and the non-neural side (what is happening within the muscle).
High Tone and Spasticity in Children - Therapy Tips and Information for you to try at Home
This webinar covers:
00:00 – 00:25: Introduction to Stephanie
00:26 – 5:36: What is High Tone? The neural side vs the non-neural side.
5:37 – 7:23: Tone vs Strength They are 2 different things.
7:24 – 15:01: What affects our tone? Outside influences and internal factors.
15:02 – 18:08: Tone as we get older.
18:09 – 26:06: Stretching
There are 3 different ways to stretch:
Your chid doing their own stretches in everyday lift (the best type of stretching!);
Prolonged stretch – minimum 30 mins, preferably 60 mins, 4 or 5 times a week. This makes your muscles longer;
Passive Stretching – works to increase the muscle length to it’s current length but won’t increase muscle length. Great to do before an activity!
26:07 – 33:40: Reducing and Improving Tone This is the neural side – environmental factors, weight bearing and tone influencing patterns.
33:41 – 38:30: Tone Influencing Patterns (TIP’s) in everyday life.
38:31 – End: Conclusion and session takeaways.
Download a copy of the presentation here.
Stephanie is a physiotherapist with 18 years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities. She has also has a brother with a disability so knows the disability world as well as child health and how to help these children through exercise. She is specialised in working with children with Cerebral Palsy having done extensive post grad training in Cerebral Palsy and in Sensory Integration. She has been running her successful physio practice, Wheen Physio for Children, in Bristol since 2012 and founded Gympanzees in 2016 to meet the growing demand for therapy and exercise in the community.