What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists work with individuals across the lifespan with various diagnoses to improve their functional abilities so they may engage in daily activities that are meaningful and important in their lives (also known as occupations) at home and in the community. The goals of occupational therapy are to increase independence with everyday tasks and enhance an individual’s quality of life.
Outpatient Occupational Therapy
Range of Motion, Strengthening, Neuromuscular Reeducation, and Modalities
Exercises are provided to improve mobility, strength, endurance, balance, and posture to restore the ability to perform ADLs tasks. Modalities, as well as massages, are provided to improve blood flow, decrease pain, decrease edema, and decrease muscle spasms.
Gross Motor Coordination and Fine Motor Coordination
Patients perform gross motor and fine motor coordination activities to improve their functional performance in preparation for engaging in ADLs and IADLs.
In addition to performing self-care tasks within treatment sessions to facilitate patients’ safety and independence, patients are also educated on energy conservation techniques, compensatory strategies, adaptations, and lifestyle modifications.