When wanting to understand what Occupational Therapy is, consider this: Your life is made up of occupations—meaningful everyday activities. These occupations can include many roles, such as being a parent, a friend, a spouse, a sportsperson, an artist, a cook, a cleaner, a caregiver and/or a musician etc.
We generally don’t think about our daily occupations until we have trouble doing them.
If an accident, injury, disease, or condition makes it difficult for you to participate in your daily activities, it may mean that you need Occupational Therapy.
This may include such things as:
- A wrist injury making it painful to get dressed in the morning.
- Arthritis making driving challenging
- Anxiety and stress hinderingyour desired participation in life
- A head injury affecting yourability to communicate with others
- Being worn down by pain and fatigue resulting in a struggle to cope
Occupational Therapy allows people to do the activities they want and need to do across their lifespan. It can help you live life to the fullest regardless of your injury, health condition, disability, or risk factors.
At Advance Wellness, our Occupational Therapist, Kyle Pennell, will evaluate your situation and, with input from you (and perhaps your support people), develop individualised goals that allow you to resume or pursue your valued occupations.
With Occupational Therapy you can:
- Achieve your goals
- Stay as healthy and productive as possible, while managing an injury or condition.
- Maintain or rebuild your independence (Work/Leisure/self-care)
- Participate in the everyday activities important to you
A small change in your activities or the environment could prevent a future condition (such as using ergonomics at work to avoid injury).
Who are Occupational Therapists?
Occupational Therapy practitioners are highly skilled health care professionals who use evidence-based research and occupational science to ensure their interventions are effective.
With strong knowledge of a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup, Occupational Therapy practitioners can evaluate how your injury/condition (or risk for one) is affecting your body and mind, using a holistic perspective.
At Advance Wellness, our Occupational Therapist works closely with our Physiotherapists and other staff to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.
You may benefit from Occupational Therapy if you are experiencing any the following:
DIFFICULTIES WITH ACTIVITY
Washing Top to Toe
Dressing and Changing clothing
Getting in/out of bed
Getting In/Out of Vehicles
Standing Up/down from chairs or seats
In/out of shower or bath
Bending, reaching, lifting or carrying
Climbing Stairs, Steps or Inclines
Vacuuming, Sweeping or mopping
Hanging or lifting washing
Making the bed
Putting out your rubbish and recycling
Accessing the community
CHANGES IN BEHAVIOUR/MOOD
Pain – Acute, Chronic or Complex (CYPS)
Discomfort and stiffness
Sleep quality or routine
Function or Mobility
Low Mood or Increased Anxiety, Stress or Worry
Reduced Activity – Increased isolation
Changes in eating habits
Negative thinking or thoughts
Reduced motivation for change
Loss of interest in meaningful activity
Changes in routine and habits
Trouble reaching your goals