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Occupational Therapy Specialist

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Occupational Therapy Q&A

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy helps patients with disabilities, illnesses, or injuries resume their normal activities, including getting back to work. Occupational therapists show you how to adapt so you can perform a variety of tasks without triggering pain.

Some people need help mastering daily activities like cooking and cleaning. Or they might have problems eating, bathing, and getting dressed without pain. Other people want to be fit enough to return to their jobs and start taking part in the activities they enjoy.

Whatever you need, the experienced occupational therapists at Back To You Osteopractic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offer expert help and support.

What conditions can occupational therapy treat?

Occupational therapy achieves remarkable results for patients with an extensive range of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Examples include:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Muscle tears
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Amputations
  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendon strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Sciatica

Occupational therapy is invaluable for patients with neurological disorders that affect basic motor functions, like stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Your occupational therapist at Back To You Osteopractic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation creates a treatment plan for you after analyzing the areas where you’re having difficulties.

What does occupational therapy involve?

Occupational therapy involves learning new ways to move or complete tasks. It also improves your hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Your therapist might show you how to use assistive devices like walkers or wheelchairs. They can also help you avoid falls if you have balance problems or lack strength.

Occupational therapists can teach you simple alternatives so you can complete everyday activities, from doing up buttons to changing the cover on your comforter. If you’ve had a stroke, your occupational therapist works with you to improve your balance, build muscle strength, and help you manage memory and speech problems.

You might need assistance with fine motor skills, so you can use a pen or complete a jigsaw puzzle. Another aspect of occupational therapy is looking at enhancing your home environment, like installing handrails or a floor-level shower to make life easier. Or it could be making sure your medications are easy to access and you know when to take them.

Occupational therapists take a holistic approach to improving physical function. They combine their techniques with other treatments, such as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), cupping, and body tempering for an effective recovery.

To benefit from expert occupational therapy, call Back To You Osteopractic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation today or book an appointment online.