WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is the treatment of injury, disease, or disorder using preparatory methods to improve fine and gross motor coordination, range of motion (ROM) and strength and incorporating activities that are meaningful to the individual.
OT focuses on preventing dysfunction, promoting health, recovering from injuries, and restoring function to achieve an optimal level of independence.
HOW CAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELP ME?
OT helps you to regain your movement and strength by incorporating specific exercises and activities, which are skillfully graded up to accommodate for your progress. Your treatment plan is geared towards your goals and is client focused.
Your occupational therapist educates you in proper positioning techniques to help you to sleep better as well as in proper body mechanics to prevent injury and promote correct joint alignment when lifting or carrying objects. Also, your OT will teach you joint protection techniques to prevent excessive force to smaller joints of the hand and prevent further deformities for example if you have arthritis.
OT helps you to adapt and modify household items and educates you in the use of assistive devices to facilitate participation in daily activities earlier on in your recovery process.
Examples: OT in Action
A client is unable to grasp eating utensils due to loss of range of motion (ROM) in the hands. To allow the client to be more independent with feeding tasks, the OT will educate the client in use of built-up handles to facilitate grasp until full ROM is achieved.
A client suffering from arthritis to both shoulders and is unable to reach to wash his or her back. The OT will recommend use a long-handled sponge to aid in bathing tasks.
HOW CAN HAND THERAPY
Hand therapy is a specialty area which focuses on evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder using therapeutic interventions to enable individuals to fully participate in productive activities.
Occupational therapy (OT) adds a holistic aspect to hand therapy as it takes into consideration how your injury has affected your quality of life. OT promotes healing through doing. Engaging in activities that are meaningful to you promotes healing and results in increased satisfaction.
GET BACK ON TRACK WITH YOUR LIFE.
Early intervention is the key to successfully regaining your function.