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Department of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a health care profession with an emphasis on the use of physical approaches for the promotion of health and the prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability. 

In NISH, the Department of Physiotherapy has been in existence, since 2013. The Department  consists of a  Paediatric Gymnasium and  an Adult Rehabilitation  area. Both  units are well equipped, sophisticated and modern equipment have been installed which are calibrated periodically.

Key features  

    • Excellent infrastructure

    • Speciality clinics

    • Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary  environment

Core competencies  

    • Highly qualified faculty, certified in Theratog fitting, Assistive Technology, Kinesiotaping and Oral Placement Therapy.

    • Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary team approach in rehabilitation.

    • Individual and Group intervention (enhances social and peer  interaction)

    • Oral Placement Therapy - Level 3


The Department provides comprehensive Physiotherapy services for a wide range of conditions for both 

    • Children with  Global Developmental Delay,Cerebral Palsy, Chromosomal Anomalies, Seizure Disorder, Myelomeningocele, and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

    • Adults with neuro motor disorders,RTA , Spinal cord injuries, orthopaedic conditions.

Procedure in the Department

An initial assessment will be performed by Physical therapist followed by listing out the impairments (problems). Goals and therapy will be planned according to the individual’s need. The Intervention programmes will be aimed at improving or restore the mobility by focusing on the following areas: 

    • Facilitation of developmental milestones

    • Strength and endurance training

    • Postural correction

    • Balance and coordination training

    • Improving Joint mobility

    • Training  gross and fine motor skills

    • Oromotor training

    • Gait training

    • Improving respiratory functions

 Programmes and Units under Department of Physiotherapy 

Individual Training Program

An individualized intervention program is established based on the  initial evaluation and aimed at achieving specific goals of each client. The therapist designs a customized treatment plan, provides training and assistance to parents, and monitors and modifies activities based on the progress.. Outcomes are largely dependent on a client’s adherence to a specific exercise  and home training. The sessions are carried out on a weekly and monthly basis.

Sensory Motor Unit

In the sensory motor unit, the Physiotherapist and Occupational therapist puts a combined effort in formulating the intervention plan and adapts an interdisciplinary approach. Sensory motor intervention is a personalised activity plan that helps children access the specific sensory inputs  incorporated with motor activities they need throughout the day. Therapists adopt  various methods to assist the child in generalizing the effects into play, activities of daily living, and school tasks.

 Cerebral Palsy Unit

The Cerebral Palsy Unit follows an integrative approach in assessment and intervention  of children with cerebral palsy and ensures long-term results. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists focus on encouraging a person’s day-to-day movement skills such as sitting, walking, playing, dressing and toileting. The unit helps to prevent impairments that might affect movement with a  range of specialist interventions such as neurodevelopmental treatment,dynamic compression system application, PNF techniques, timely prescription of assistive devices and training to use the various devices.. The duration of a rehabilitation training is about four to six months. One parent is allowed with the child for the entire duration of the rehabilitation program and is instrumental in assuring continuity of treatment at home.

Adult Rehabilitation (Rehab) Unit

A multidisciplinary team composed of  professionals from a range of disciplines (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and psychology) work together to deliver comprehensive care that addresses as many of the patient's needs as possible.

The team combines their skill sets to tackle complex and challenging outcomes of neurological impairment. The multidisciplinary team meets regularly to discuss their work with individuals so that each patient has a care plan best suited to their individual needs.

Oral Sensory and Motor Unit

Oral Sensory and Motor Unit offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary service to children with feeding and speech difficulties. The team approach provides an extensive approach with in-depth assessments, interventions and recommendations. The team comprises of:

  1. Physiotherapist: Works on postural management, proper respiration, muscle strengthening ,joint mobility and oro motor training.

  2. Speech language pathologist: Supports the development of speech, language and communication skills in children.

  3. Occupational Therapist: Assess the child's feeding skills, motor skills, sensory skills, strength, as well as the behaviour and environmental factors surrounding mealtime. Following this, the occupational designs a plan to ensure that  the child is reaching their full potential with self-feeding, independence and safety.



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  • Address: NISH, NISH Road, Sreekariyam P. O., Thiruvananthapuram 695 017
  • Site: www.nish.ac.in
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