Physical Therapy Treatments

We use a number of treatments in your child’s physical therapy. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Exercises and/or functional activities to increase muscle strength
  • Neuromuscular re-education – Use of a variety of sensorimotor therapeutic techniques to restore normal movement
  • Endurance training to increase heart-lung (cardiopulmonary) fitness
  • Gait and transfer training to improve age-appropriate mobility
  • Balance training to improve standing, walking and sitting balance
  • Positioning and splinting to preserve musculoskeletal integrity and optimize function
  • Patient and family training to maximize progress toward goals
  • Biofeedback – Visual, auditory and/or physical feedback to address pain, anxiety, stress and movement issues
  • Scar management to restore skin health after surgery or other trauma
  • Developmental strengthening activities to help infants and young children reach developmental milestones
  • Graded sensory stimulation – Controlled sensory stimulation to help infants be more alert or calm

Conditions We Treat

We provide both inpatient and outpatient treatment for children with a wide range of conditions, including:


  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Trauma
  • Multi-system disease
    Diminished strength and endurance (deconditioning)


Chronic pain

  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic pain


  • Congenital heart disorders
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart-lung transplant
  • Heart failure


  • Obesity
  • Diminished strength and endurance (deconditioning)

Neonatal care and infant development

Inpatients are seen at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto and the Special Care Nursery at Sequoia Hospital. Developmental intervention is offered at our outpatient facilities in Menlo Park and Sunnyvale.

  • Premature infant
  • Infant at risk for developmental, behavioral or medical problems
  • Metabolic disease
  • Stroke
  • Genetic disease
  • Developmental delay
  • Torticollis