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Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is known as a therapy that is used in order to develop, recuperate, and continue to perfume the daily living activities along with still being able to perform work tasks for individuals that have a physical, mental or even developmental issue. When an individual enrolls in occupation therapy, the workouts and exercises are done to center around the individuals and help them towards their goals. Occupational therapy may cause many questions regarding the side effects of occupation therapy, the benefits as well as treatments. Read below to find Expert answers to commonly asked questions regarding occupational therapy.

If someone has Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), how can this be treated and what does one need to watch for?

When someone has been diagnosed with PSP normally individuals are recommended to participate in occupational therapy as well as physiotherapy in order to regain their balance and gait problems if the individual has many incidents with falling.

What would be a recommended treatment for arthritis in the thumb?

Often when someone is experiencing arthritis in their thumb, the individual may need to enroll in either occupational therapy or even physical therapy in order to preserve their joint mobility as well as their ROM (range of motion). However, the exact treatments may all depend on the exact cause of arthritis and the individual’s health. However, if occupational therapy is not able to be achieved, the individual may look into the may have different medication options that are able to treat the inflammation and pain that is brought on my arthritis.

What might occupational therapy help with?

In some cases occupational therapy may help with the following:
• Help individuals with their motor skills
• Deal with hand and eye coordination
• Any type of developmental setbacks
• Help with many different types of behavioral disorders and anger management
• Help individuals who depend on wheelchairs, splints, bathing tools, dressing helpers, and communication aids
• Also help those who have issues with sensory and attention problems

Although these are the main benefits of occupational therapy, there are many unmentioned things that occupation therapy may help an individual with. Often occupation therapy is a very beneficial therapy in order to help individuals regain control of their body and be able to function properly with little to no help at all afterwards.

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy?

Even though physical therapy and occupation therapy both help individuals with different life functions, there are still differences between these two therapies. In most cases physical therapy (PT) targets pain management, increasing strength, help with joint ROM, endurance and gross motor functioning. As for OT, this therapy targets fine motor skills, visual perceptual, cognitive skills and sensory deficits.

Occupational therapy may however be a common therapy that is attended by both adults and children. However, in some cases many individuals are not well aware of the benefits, treatments, and side effects of occupational therapy. Individuals may contact Experts to receive reliable answers regarding occupational therapy.

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