For this weeks Friday Focus, we are highlighting the benefits of physical therapy for Downs Syndrome. The articles are from moveforwardpt.com and chop.edu. Both sites offer a host of great information about Downs Syndrome. All of the staff here at Stoneking Physical Therapy and Wellness have experience working with patients with DS. If you’d like to learn more about how physical therapy or physical activity in general can help, visit the links provided and give the articles a read. You can also stop in or call us any time for more information. The bottom line is that any little bit of physical activity is better than no physical activity not only for people with DS but for all of us. It increases the overall quality of life which is the ultimate goal.
“Working side-by-side with individuals with DS and their families, physical therapists can help prevent some of the complications of the condition, such as developmental delay and obesity, and help boost and maintain their levels of heart and cardiovascular fitness.” -moveforwardpt.com
“Children with Down syndrome have been reported to participate in less physical activity than other children, including children with developmental delays and intellectual disabilities without Down syndrome. This lack of physical activity likely contributes to the higher numbers of overweight and obese children and adults with Down syndrome.” -chop.edu