Paediatric Exercise Physiology

Our exercise physiologists are passionate about ensuring your precious little ones get the best start in life, are given the best chance at meeting their milestones and achieving the same things as their peers.

Children are not mini adults, they require specialised intervention; they excel in play based therapies, exercise physiology lends itself to play. Play time is more than just fun and games for children; it is a fundamental part of their growth and development, and exercise is a powerful form of play that can have a profound impact on their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. Health Moves Exercise Physiology specialises in tailoring sessions to children’s abilities, interests and strengths. We have a dedicated children’s therapy room to provide a safe environment for them to exercise in. 

Our practitioners continually undertake professional development in paediatric exercise physiology to ensure your children are in the best hands and will get the best outcomes. We work hard to make sessions fun and engaging all the while using appropriate prescription to meet your child’s goals.

We help children with conditions such as:

  • Gross developmental delay
  • ASD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Congenital cardiac conditions
  • Respiratory conditions e.g. asthma
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Hypermobility
  • T1DM/T2DM
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Cord or Brain injury
  • Chromosome deletions/ duplications
  • Attention deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Exercise is a key player in:

  • Physical Development: Running, jumping, climbing, and playing sports are all forms of exercise that help children develop strong muscles and bones. Through play based exercise they refine their motor skills, coordination, and balance. Whether it’s swinging on a swing set, riding a bike, or participating in organized sports, these activities contribute to the development of a healthy, active body.
  • Cognitive Development: Exercise stimulates the brain, it encourages problem-solving, creativity, and imagination.  Additionally, exercise has been shown to improve concentration and academic performance, demonstrating the strong connection between physical activity and cognitive growth.
  • Emotional and Social Development: through play based exercise kids learn important social skills such as sharing, cooperation, and conflict resolution. Whether they’re playing tag with friends, engaging in team sports, or simply sharing toys in the sandbox, these interactions help develop emotional intelligence and empathy. Exercise also releases endorphins, which can boost mood and reduce stress, contributing to a child’s emotional well-being.
  • Developing Healthy Habits for Life: One of the most significant benefits of exercise as play is its potential to install healthy habits from a young age. When children associate physical activity with fun and enjoyment, they are more likely to maintain an active lifestyle throughout their lives. This can have a long-lasting impact on their overall health and well-being, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart condition.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore for kids. In fact, many children naturally gravitate toward activities that involve movement and play.

We have a dedicated children’s room in which our paediatric physiology services take place. Our children’s exercise room is specifically designed to cater to the unique needs and interests of young individuals. It’s a space where they can explore, learn, and grow while embracing the joy of movement and physical activity.

Paediatric specific services we offer:

Dynamic Movement Intervention

If you are concerned that your child isn’t meeting gross motor milestones Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) can play a pivotal role in facilitating rapid and enduring changes in a child’s neurological development. These changes enable them to achieve their full potential by encouraging long lasting neural pathway development.

Strength and Conditioning for Kids

We run a specialised strength and conditioning program which teaches children how to lift, gym etiquette and how to train effectively to achieve their goals.

Family Fit

Our family fit bootcamp; a bootcamp for parents and children where parents and children can exercise simultaneously, addressing the time crunch, and strengthening family bonds, promoting a healthier lifestyle and forming healthy habits as a family.