Physical Therapy

LifeScape’s highly-skilled team of physical therapists focus on a variety of motor skills. From functional mobility with assistive devices and range-of-motion to torticollis and incontinence treatment, your child will receive the best care in the region.

Gross Motor Development

Physical therapists work on the child’s ability to walk, run, jump, and climb stairs. They also work on strengthening different muscle groups and working on the coordination needed to complete those activities. Adapted equipment such as a gait trainer and other learning strategies may be used to help children learn how to do these activities independently.

Sessions May Include:

  • Obstacle courses
  • Practicing different mobility skills
  • Different exercises to help strengthen certain muscle groups
  • Use of adapted equipment when needed to enhance the child’s ability to be independent

Who Benefits from Gross Motor Development:

  • Children with delayed motor skills
  • Children who aren’t meeting developmental milestones
  • Children who show signs of poor strength or coordination in their lower extremities

Universal Exercise Unit

LifeScape Rehabilitation Center in Sioux Falls offers the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) for advanced physical therapy. Also known as the “spider cage,” the UEU allows therapists to isolate muscle groups for targeted treatment. It also provides full support of the patient, allowing the therapist to work hands-free. This approach allows children to make great strides in therapy. We are the only clinic in the area offering the UEU.


Mobility looks different for every child. LifeScape physical therapists use a variety of adapted strategies to help children be as independent as possible. These may include gait trainers and wheelchairs. They can also assess if adapted equipment would be beneficial to help a child be independent in their mobility skills

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Torticollis Treatment

Torticollis, tightness in one or more of the neck muscles, is one of the most common diagnoses seen in infants today. With early intervention, torticollis is manageable, and infants have an excellent prognosis. LifeScape offers comprehensive and skilled physical therapy services to address torticollis, no matter the cause.

Causes of Torticollis:

  • Intrauterine positioning (especially with multiple births)
  • Traumatic birth
  • Asymmetrical positioning
  • Visual disturbances
  • Bony anomalies of the spine
  • Reflux
  • Neurological Syndromes

Advantages of Early Intervention (before three months of age):

  • The rapid growth of the head at an early age helps in resolving or preventing plagiocephaly
  • Increased elasticity of the muscles
  • Less voluntary resistance to stretching/treatment
  • Shorter duration of treatment
  • Decreased probability or need for cranial orthotic (helmet)

Pediatric Bowel & Bladder Treatment

LifeScape can treat children five years and older, who are not yet toilet-trained, with a variety of bowel and bladder issues.

Causes of Incontinence:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Decreased coordination between pelvic floor muscles and sphincters
  • Constipation
  • Developmental delay and delayed maturity of the nervous system
  • Frequent urination or frequent sudden urges to urinate

Types of Incontinence:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Dysfunctional incontinence (including stool withholding)
  • Nighttime bed wetting
  • Regression wetting

What to Expect

Our treatment program combines behavioral and physical therapies, aided by biofeedback and muscle management techniques. Biofeedback allows us to evaluate the function of specific muscles in the pelvic floor, custom design a treatment program, and measure results. Monitored by noninvasive, comfortable sensors, the patient sees his or her muscle activity on a computer screen in a form that enables biofeedback training in a fun and kid-friendly way.

Interested in Learning More?

Learn how we can help your child be as independent as possible by calling 605.444.9700. Or, fill out a short form with your information and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

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