Physical Therapy Services

Our team of pediatric physical therapists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan for your child. Treatments vary depending on your child’s needs, but some of the many treatments we offer include:

  • Exercises and/or functional activities to increase muscle strength.
  • Neuromuscular reeducation (using 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:



Chronic pain

  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic pain



  • Obesity
  • Diminished strength and endurance (deconditioning)

Neonatal care and infant development

  • Premature infants
  • Infants at risk for developmental, behavioral, or medical problems
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Stroke
  • Genetic diseases
  • Developmental delay
  • Torticollis

We treat babies 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.

Movement guidelines after heart surgery