29 AugPhysio fun.

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Physiotherapy happens every day around here – several times a day in fact. Many of our children have conditions which limit their developmental progress. Some have muscles which spasm, causing painful contractures. Other have flaccid muscles which lack the strength needed to hold their bodies upright. Either way, physiotherapy is a vital part of their daily routine. We are thankful for visiting therapists who help design programs for our kids, and especially to International China Concern (ICC), who provide regular physiotherapy support. ICC are a fabulous organization who are committed to caring for children and adults with disabilities. You can check out their work here: http://www.chinaconcern.org/

 Cheerful Annie (top photo) smiles through her exercises – such a joyful little girl. She has her neck massaged to relieve the spasms.

 William doesn’t look so delighted. Sometimes you have to get a little uncomfortable to get those long term benefits.

This is much more fun. It’s hard work for William to lift his head like this – great job buddy!

This is Gemma, also working on neck and back strength. She is also making great eye contact and listening to the calm reassuring voice of the physiotherapist. It’s like a two-for-one exercise. She’s building up her muscles and learning about trust at the same time.

 Come on Patience – you can get it! Toys are a great motivator for some children. Patience is polishing up her walking skills. She still needs support, but she is getting stronger and more co-ordinated.

 Another use of toys as part of a physio program – Patience is very engaged with this toy, and doesn’t realize she is actually working on her endurance as she stands and plays with it. Our aim is to have her stand like this for at least 15 minutes.

Even after Joshua has wandered away, Patience is still engrossed in her toy …and still standing at the table, giving those legs and core muscles a really good workout.

Physiotherapy really gives hope to our children – by working with their bodies and helping them to achieve, we can expand their world a little bit more. A child who learns to walk can experience a new kind of freedom, and a child who can sit up will be able to view the world from a completely different perspective. When these things don’t come so easily, it makes every tiny step all the more miraculous. We are so grateful to those who help with our physio program and bring a little more hope to our special kids.

PS: If you are a physiotherapist with a heart for children, and an urge to volunteer, please contact us!    info@butterflych.org

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3 comment

  1. Jackie Scott on: August 29, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Thank you Fiona for all the updates on the children. They are so inspiring and make me smile when I feel down. You talk so warmly about them and I wish you well x

  2. Hazel Hare (Taunton, England) on: August 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you again for your wonderful, inspiring blogs, Fiona. However I do wish you hadn’t added the PS! (not really!) Just when (I think) I’ve decided that, as an ancient paediatric physio, my days of travelling to China are over, you write something so unsettling as far as I’m concerned!! You are all in my thoughts daily and I trust you will know amazing strength for each day as it comes. Be encouraged in your personal lives as you lovingly serve these precious little ones. :)

  3. Cas on: September 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    It is so good to see William and Patience again. They look great x

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