What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy addresses a person’s ability to return to their everyday life activities. These include home, work, community, and leisure activities. An occupational therapist completes an evaluation to identify any areas of impairment that limit a person’s performance of daily tasks. These impairments can by physical, sensory, visual, perceptual, and/or cognitive. The therapist then provides client centered treatment that helps increase upper extremity range of motion, strength, coordination, and sensation. It also helps reduce pain and swelling. Treatments will also explore adaptive techniques and devices if necessary.
An occupational therapist is also able to treat patients with neurological problems. This treatment improves visual perception, processing, thinking skills, sensory re-education, and compensation. Re-education of the neuromuscular system facilitates movement and coordination. It also improves trunk stability which enhances stability and balance while performing tasks.
Therapists can also address proper ergonomics and body mechanics. They use this training to help patients avoid further injury and to reduce pain with daily activities.
Treatments include patient and family education to promote understanding and follow through of the techniques and exercises the patient is learning. We foster independence and the individual’s goals are the utmost priority.
Have an injury or illness that is keeping you from doing the things you need or want to do? Occupational therapy can help!