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What is Occupational Therapy?

May 22, 2024 | Fitness & Wellness

When it comes to outpatient rehab, there are numerous misconceptions surrounding Occupational Therapy (OT).

We’re here to set the record straight and highlight the reality of OT treatments and services!

Join Director of Occupational Therapy, Jill Katz, MS OTR/L, and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Hannah Farkas, COTA/L, as they provide key insights into this vital field.

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are Distinct

It’s important to recognize that Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are separate services, each playing a unique role in enhancing overall well-being.

Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapists evaluate a variety of medical conditions that hinder patients’ engagement and participation in daily activities. These conditions can include developmental or learning disabilities, traumatic injuries, and psychological disorders. OT interventions are tailored to enhance independence and introduce compensatory strategies, enabling individuals to overcome limitations and participate more fully in their daily lives.

Physical Therapy: Physical Therapists focus on rehabilitation to restore full bodily movement and function. They work extensively on improving physical mobility and strength.

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy often collaborate to provide comprehensive care that addresses the full spectrum of a patient’s needs. Together, they create a holistic treatment plan where PT works on physical rehabilitation and strength-building and OT helps patients apply these improvements to their daily routines, promoting independence and quality of life.

This integrated approach ensures that patients receive well-rounded care that addresses both their physical capabilities and their practical application in everyday activities.

Occupational Therapists Serve Diverse Patient Groups

Occupational Therapists cater to a wide range of patients, working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. This includes those with physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional conditions. The goal is to help them participate fully in meaningful activities, promoting independence and overall well-being.


Occupational Therapy Emphasizes Adaptability and Personalization

One of the hallmarks of Occupational Therapy is its holistic and patient-centered approach. OT is defined by its adaptability to individual circumstances and needs, prioritizing the comprehensive well-being of each person it serves. Occupational Therapists craft customized programs that adjust to patients’ progress or changes in their condition, ensuring a flexible and responsive treatment plan.


Occupational Therapy Addresses More Than Just Work-Related Disabilities

Despite what the name might suggest, Occupational Therapy extends beyond work-related injuries. Our adaptable interventions aim to facilitate the transition to normalcy and support essential daily routines and roles in everyday life. This means that OT can help with a variety of non-work-related challenges and improve overall life quality.


Occupational Therapists Prioritize Holistic Health and Wellness

Occupational Therapists are vital advocates for holistic health and wellness. They focus not only on physical health but also on mental well-being, assisting patients in managing behavioral health challenges such as anxiety and depression. This holistic approach ensures that all aspects of a patient’s health are addressed.


Occupational Therapy Caters to a Wide Spectrum of Conditions

Outpatient Occupational Therapy supports individuals with various conditions, far beyond severe cases. The goal is to improve independence and functional abilities for all patients, regardless of the severity of their condition. Occupational Therapists customize their treatments to address a range of rehabilitation requirements, such as aiding children with developmental disorders, helping individuals recover from injuries, dysfunctions, or surgeries, and empowering older adults to maintain mobility and functional capacities as they age.


Occupational Therapy Focuses on Long-Term Progress and Sustainable Improvements

Occupational Therapy is dedicated to achieving long-term progress. It equips patients with skills and strategies to effectively manage their conditions over time, fostering sustainable improvements in their daily lives. By recognizing these facts, we gain a deeper appreciation of the essential role Occupational Therapy plays in promoting health, independence, and well-being across diverse populations.

Ready to do the things you want and love to do pain-free?

Come see an OT at BRG! Our Occupational Therapy team is ready to customize a plan that gets you back to living life without limitations.

Treatment is covered by insurance, no referral is needed to start, and with flexible appointments available, you can find a time that works with your schedule.

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