What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a professional service to restore, regain and enhance independent functioning. The adaptive ability of a human being may be interrupted through biological, psychological or environmental factors. Occupational therapy intervention facilities maximize independent living of the individual. Individuals, who have lost skills due to illness or through trauma, can be expected to either regain these skills through practice or learn compensatory strategies in order to be as functional as possible.
Your Therapist's Role
Your therapist's role is to evaluate your present condition and set up a treatment program specifically designed to meet your needs. He/she will be able to educate you about your specific problem, carry out your treatment and provide you with written
instructions for home use.
Areas of Utilization
- Nervous System Disorders
- Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Guillain Barre Syndrome
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
- Chronic Pain
- Immunologic Disorders
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Disorders
- Head injury
- Hip fractures
- Forearm et. wrist fractures
- Hand injuries (wound care, scar tissue massage)
- Peripheral nerve injuries (Median, Radial, Ulnar)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cumulative Trauma Disorder
- Spinal cord injury
- Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement
- Adaptive Equipment
- Home Safety Assessments
- General Decline (decreased ability to perform activities of daily living) with deficits in upper extremity strength, sensation, endurance, coordination/motor control, cognition, visual/perceptual, sitting balance and safety awareness.
Areas of Expertise
The staff offers expertise in the following areas to improve overall function:
- Use of selected activities in increase upper extremity strength, range of motion, coordination, dynamic balance
- Perceptual-Motor Activities to improve perceptual skills
- Activity of daily living skills and home management training with compensatory approaches
- Splinting: To rest inflamed joints
- Soft-tissue mobilization (Myofasical release and craniosacral therapies) to address acute and chronic pain syndromes
- Use of pain management modalities (ultrasound, fluidotherapy, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation, hot and cold packs)
- Use of visualization and guided imagery for pain control
- Home safety evaluations
- Job-site evaluations/recommendations to decrease work injuries
- Postural and Movement re-education, Alexander teaching, Feldenkrais movements
Procedure for Referral
A written referral from your physician is required. If a person's rehab potential is uncertain, a screening may be performed with a request from the facility. Screening results will be communicated to your physician.
Our goal is to provide the necessary treatment to minimize pain, improve function and instruct and guide the patient toward independent management of his or her symptoms and/or activities of daily living.
We feel successful when the patient has minimized aggravating symptoms, is able to function as independently as possible in activities of daily living and/or recreational activities, has the knowledge and tools to avoid further symptoms and has taken responsibility for further progress by maintaining a home exercise program.