HOW OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELPS:
The goal of occupational therapy is to help people feel physically better in their daily lives and occupations. Occupational therapists are trained to work in areas such as
- in and outpatient rehabilitation
- longterm care
- acute and intensive care
- home health care
- community wellness programs
When you see OTD after a therapist's name, it means he or she has completed approximately seven years of college and holds a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IS FOR PEOPLE WHO:
- want greater independence in their daily living activities
- have arthritis but still want to enjoy life
- are experiencing orthopedic, neurological, or sensory deficit
- have experienced spinal dysfunction, brain injury, joint replacement or stroke
At Crete Physical Therapy, out talented and certified team will select the right treatment to best fit your needs.
THERAPY MAY INCLUDE:
Therapist using their hands to move the joint, bone or muscle to assist range of motion, postural stability and alignment, and manual lymph drainage (a specialized type of massage used to stimulate the lymphatic system).
SELF CARE TRAINING
We help our patients address their unique needs regarding the activities of their daily lives.
Activities of daily living are anything a client finds meaningful and necessary to care for themselves on a regular basis. This can include a wide range of activities such as grooming, dressing, bathing, toileting, cleaning, cooking, leisure activities, hobbies, occupations, roles, managing finances, gardening, parenting, and the list could go on and on....
This also includes education on adaptive equipment and/or safety strategies for patients, family members, and caregivers.
This includes activities that assist patients in meeting particular goals, such as increased fine motor activities. Perhaps a patient wants to achieve fine motor control, strength, dexterity, in-hand manipulation, and grip and pinch strength in order to return to an occupation, or meaningful activity. We'll help them achieve goals that are meaningful to their independence.
Therapeutic exercises prescribed by our therapists are designed to target weak tissue, regain range of motion, lengthen tightened tissue, add stability of a joint, and increase circulation to reduce edema. Research shows that exercises are the most effective intervention used by therapists to eliminate chronic pain.