STOCKTON, Calif. — Physical therapist Janet Freeman soothes and relaxes a 17-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.

As the girl’s hips and forearms are stretched, the child doesn’t make a sound.

The girl’s mother, who declined to be identified for this article, mentions that her daughter’s muscles tend to tighten during the winter. She’s also outgrown her walker and will need to be fitted for a new one.

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