Do you have an injury or medical condition that is causing you pain, limiting your daily activities, and preventing you from enjoying the things you love? Are you looking for relief for a condition that is holding you back? Would you like to learn more about how occupational therapy can help you eliminate your pain and improve performance? If so, occupational therapy can help you reclaim your life. Contact PhysioWorks today to request an appointment!
What can occupational therapy do for me?
In its simplest terms, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Unlike other professions, Occupational Therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation.
Occupational therapy is more than just addressing an injury. At PhysioWorks, our Kent, WA occupational therapists focus on the functional needs of each patient by implementing certain exercises and activities that promote physical and psychological well-being.
Occupational therapy is a form of treatment that is deeply rooted in science and supported by numerous medical journals. Our Kent, WA occupational therapists work hard to help people recover from injuries and regain functional skills. Occupational therapy can benefit people of all ages, from helping children with disabilities participate in school and social arenas to helping seniors improve their physical and cognitive health.
At PhysioWorks, our occupational therapy plans include:
- An individual evaluation to determine patient goals.
- Customized intervention activities to improve daily tasks and activities for the patient.
- An evaluation of outcomes to determine if goals were met and to make changes to the plan if needed.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well-being, Occupational Therapy practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder an individual’s functioning in different ways. For example, occupational therapy for a young patient may include using a special tool to make cupcakes at home. If an adaptation to a utensil needs to be fashioned, an occupational therapist will do it. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of health care.
What’s the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
While occupational therapy is similar to physical therapy, there are a few distinct differences. Physical therapy focuses on the patient’s ability to perform certain movements overall, while occupational therapy focuses on the patient’s ability to perform certain movements during daily activities.
For example, a physical therapist will work with a stroke patient to build back muscle strength, while an occupational therapist will work with a stroke patient to practice basic skills like walking, eating, bathing, and dressing.
Physical therapy and occupational therapy tend to overlap, as a patient may begin treatments with a physical therapist and then move on to working with an occupational therapist once their pain is relieved and they have regained enough strength/physical function.
Contact PhysioWorks for relief!
You feel better emotionally when you can comfortably engage in your hobbies and everyday activities. If you believe you could benefit from occupational therapy, don’t hesitate to request an appointment today. PhysioWorks is ready to get you started on the path toward living a more enjoyable, comfortable and functional life!