Wait lists and criteria for funded physiotherapy support, and limitations for school age access/intervention can impact physiotherapy service access and provision. We are very excited to enable increased access to pediatric physiotherapy in our community from an amazing, experienced physiotherapist with years of experience.

Pediatric Physiotherapy

Alayne believes that children and youth of all ages and abilities have unique gifts to share with the world. She knows that all children enjoy play if play is at an appropriate developmental skill level. Sometimes pediatric physiotherapy can even look like play! Alayne’s goal is to help children and families feel their best and develop their full potential through meaningful activities, movement, and fun! Kids bodies and minds are not the same as adults. Therefore, kids need a different approach to physiotherapy than adults. To enhance success and outcomes, Alayne values working together to identify goals and motivators, and tapping into play and fun.

For young children and families, Alayne can assess and identify areas of developmental delay, and identify strategies to enhance gross motor skill development. Alayne can also provide physiotherapy assessment and intervention for infant torticollis and head shape concerns.  Collaboration with other health care providers are resourced if additional supports are needed for head shape.

Alayne also has a background in supporting school age children/youth with pain/discomfort, posture concerns, gross motor delays, neuromotor conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy), neuromuscular conditions (e.g. muscular dystrophy), clumsiness, sports injuries, “growing pains,” and known or probable Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Access to funded physiotherapy supports for school age children has been a known gap in the Calgary and Rural Calgary areas. Alayne hopes to help narrow this gap to access to promote maximal function and physical participation in the school age population.

Breastfeeding Physiotherapy

Alayne provides a unique physiotherapy service targeting breast conditions that impact feeding (e.g. blocked ducts, mastitis, breast pain and inflammation). Typically, 1 – 4 physiotherapy sessions, together with suggesting self-management strategies, for breast conditions can make a significant impact for breast pain, inflammation, mastitis/recurrent mastitis. Alayne can also look at latch, positioning, and comfort for breastfeeding, or refer to other providers when needed.

In general, physiotherapy for breastfeeding can address:
(1) swelling/inflammation,
(2) pain,
(3) facilitating neurological reflexes in the baby that impact feeding and positioning,
(3) positioning for comfort and function,
(4) infant factors which may be impacting feeding (e.g. muscle tone, torticollis, latch).
Mastitis can impact ~20% of lactating women. Often, mastitis first occurs in the first six weeks post-partum. Sometimes, mastitis can become recurrent. Early access to physiotherapy can assist in managing the swelling/inflammation and pain associated with this condition. The physiotherapist will collaborate with you and your primary care team regarding this condition.
This physiotherapist can also collaborate with you and your team to address any mechanical breastfeeding issues in yourself or the baby. Your primary care provider can remain as your first contact. All methods of feeding are supported! In your first appointment, you’ll be asked about your medical history, pregnancy, birth, and feeding experiences. If you are lactating, your breast tissue will be examined for swelling/inflammation. Positioning, latch, and suck can be assessed, and your baby can be screened regarding their muscle tone, positioning, and development. It may be helpful to schedule your appointment at a typical feeding time, and it is recommended that you bring your baby to the appointment. If you are using props to support feeding (e.g. breastfeeding pillow) or a mechanical or electric pump, you can also bring these items to your appointment.

To learn more about Alayne Lobay-Ness, please click HERE.