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  • Writer's pictureHeather Gibson PT

Cerebral Palsy...Miracle children!

When I think of those children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy

I think of some of the most beautiful among us...those children who keep pushing forward...keep striving for more...those who never given up. Their motivation is inspiring!

Cerebral Palsy is caused by a brain injury when children are still developing-before birth, during or after birth. Cerebral Palsy affects muscle coordination, tone, motor function, posture and balance. It can also affect speech and fine motor skills. Cerebral Palsy can affect one half the body (hemiplegia), both legs (diplegia) or all four limbs (quadriplegia). No matter how much of the body is affected, physiotherapy can help. Physiotherapy can help improve motor strength, coordination, balance and function. There are many great exercises than can help. Physiotherapy can help children to walk, move, crawl, or keep joints mobile and prevent shortening of muscles. Physiotherapy can help a child achieve their maximum potential.

These children are an absolute privilege to work with. They have always given me more than I can ever give them. They give you perspective. How can I ever give up when they don't? They are the inspiration we need. They truly are the miracles.

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure". Peter Marshall

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