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Understanding Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a rare, progressive genetic disorder that primarily affects young boys, gradually causing muscle weakness and physical limitations. At All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre in Etobicoke, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive care for individuals with DMD. In this blog, we aim to shed light on DMD and discuss how physiotherapy can play a crucial role in improving the quality of life for those affected by this condition.

What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)?

DMD is a neuromuscular disorder caused by a mutation in the DMD gene, leading to the absence of a crucial protein called dystrophin. Dystrophin is essential for muscle function and stability. Without it, muscle fibers break down over time, causing muscle weakness and deterioration. This condition primarily affects boys, typically becoming noticeable between the ages of 3 to 5.

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Symptoms of DMD

  • Muscle Weakness: Children with DMD usually experience muscle weakness, which may first manifest in the legs and pelvis.
  • Delayed Milestones: Affected children may have delayed motor development, including difficulty in standing, walking, or climbing stairs.
  • Gait Abnormalities: As DMD progresses, children may develop a characteristic waddling gait due to muscle weakness.
  • Respiratory Complications: Weakening of the respiratory muscles can lead to breathing difficulties, especially during sleep.
  • Cardiac Involvement: DMD can also affect the heart muscles, potentially leading to cardiac issues.

Role of Physiotherapy in DMD

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in managing DMD by addressing the following aspects:

  • Mobility and Function: Our physiotherapists at All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre work with children and families to maintain and improve their mobility. This includes exercises to maintain range of motion and muscle strength.
  • Assistive Devices: As the disease progresses, our physiotherapists can recommend and provide assistive devices such as orthotics, braces, or wheelchairs to improve mobility and independence.
  • Respiratory Support: Physiotherapy can include respiratory exercises and techniques to help individuals with DMD manage breathing difficulties and maintain optimal lung function.
  • Pain Management: Our physiotherapists can provide pain relief strategies to ease discomfort associated with muscle tightness and joint issues.
  • Education and Support: At All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre in Etobicoke, we believe in providing emotional support and education to families, helping them understand the condition and how to manage it effectively.

Family-Centered Care

At All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre in Etobicoke, we understand the significant impact DMD has on the entire family. Our physiotherapists work closely with families to provide comprehensive care and support. We encourage open communication and collaboration to ensure the best possible outcomes for the affected child.


Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a challenging condition, but with the right support and care, individuals with DMD can lead fulfilling lives. At All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre, we are committed to providing comprehensive physiotherapy services that focus on improving mobility, managing symptoms, and enhancing the quality of life for those living with DMD.


If you or a loved one is dealing with DMD, don’t hesitate to reach out to All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre in Etobicoke. Our dedicated team of physiotherapists is here to provide the care and support you need on your journey towards better mobility and improved quality of life.


Remember, you are not alone, and there is hope for a brighter future with the right care and support. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


Feel free to stop in to All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre at 

Unit 1-577 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke, ON, M9C 2Y3

Or give us a call at 647-598-2201

Or fill out our inquiry form on our website for further information. 

Feel free to stop in at our other location All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre at 

155 Queen St E, Mississauga, ON, L5G 3L9

Or give us a call at 647-598-5725

Or fill out our inquiry form on our website or further information. 

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