One of the increasingly popular services that we have in our arsenal is our occupational therapy team. This form of therapy has been around for quite a while now, but it’s beginning to find uses in a wider range of settings and situations, so might be just what you need in your circumstances. At Movement Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Physical Therapy, we hire only the very finest occupational therapists, as we want only the best for our customers – fortunately, the team members that we’ve picked up have more than proven that they’re capable of delivering high class treatment to all of the different patients that they deal with. To get further insights into occupational therapy in general, as well as our team, just read on further below.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Many people have heard of occupational therapy, but get caught up in the different therapy terms so aren’t quite sure what it is – totally understandable! In straightforward terms, occupational therapy is concerned with helping people with various conditions and disabilities overcome the effects of their condition to be able to carry out their everyday tasks and activities. Occupational therapy works by examining the needs of the patient, with regard to their physical, mental, social and environmental wellbeing. This kind of treatment can be lifechanging for people, so it’s certainly worth exploring whether this could be right for you or a family member.
Physical and Learning Disabilities
Some of the people that benefit the most from occupational therapy are those with either physical or learning disabilities. For people with physical disabilities, the treatments are generally concerned with overcoming their physical limitations to do everyday tasks and occupations. Using a range of methods and techniques, patients are able to conquer physical barriers and become far more capable of managing activities on their own. With learning disabilities, occupational therapists tend to focus on encouraging independent action and supporting day to day skills. This could mean help with cooking and household tasks, or even taking public transport to access community facilities.
As people get older, it becomes harder and harder for them to take on the everyday tasks that we need to live. For some people, that means struggling to prepare food and cook for themselves, for others it’s about getting dressed or bathing themselves. This often happens in such a drawn out fashion that it’s only really noticeable once it reaches a critical point – but recovery and improvement is possible. We can help elderly people rediscover their strength to take on these tasks on their own. Progress is going to be steady, and it can certainly be challenging for patients at times, but the rewards speak for themselves.
Independence and Confidence
We’ve mentioned a couple of demographics that we routinely help with our occupational therapy service, but one thing that is common through all of these situations is that the final result brings people more confidence and independence. It’s hard when you feel like you’re not able to do even the most basic tasks, but with an occupational therapy treatment plan, all that can change. Naturally, we’re proud to help people become more independent once again.