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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities and jobs. Occupational therapists enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

How Does Occupational Therapy Help?

Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

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Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualised evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customised intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy services also include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapists have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Types of Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Programmes We Offer:

Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation

Hand therapy is a unique specialty practice area of occupational therapy. It is typically concerned with treating orthopedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimise the functional use of the hand and arm. Click on the button below to learn more.

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Conditions Seen Include, But Not Limited To:

  • Upper extremity fractures
  • Upper extremity surgical repairs of tendons and nerves
  • Upper extremity repetitive strain injuries ie. Carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, Trigger finger, etc
  • Joint conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

Our Tailored Treatments:

  • Splinting for the upper extremity
  • Pain management
  • Upper extremity range-of-motion (ROM) and strengthening exercise prescription
  • STRAIT Method™ scar massage & release therapy
  • Wound/scar management
  • Acute edema management
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Driving Assessment and Rehabilitation

Driving is an important skill and part of a routine to some clients. Having a medical condition or a physical disability could affect one’s ability to drive safely, which in turn affects public safety. An occupational therapist (OT) certified in driving assessment assesses one’s ability to drive safely despite having a medical condition or a physical disability. The certified OT may also advise on car modifications, or driving lessons, if necessary, before OT driving assessment starts.

Geriatric & Active Aging Rehabilitation

With aging, physical and emotional changes occur – these changes may impede functional independence and hence reduce one’s quality of life. With our Active Aging Clinic, healthy aging is promoted in the community through a tailored exercise program that helps to maintain pain-free functional activity in the later years. Rehabilitation is focused on strengthening muscles, maintaining joint mobility, and preventing falls. Everyone can age healthily, active and pain-free!

Geriatric Rehabilitation Includes:

  • Caregiver training
  • Falls prevention management
  • Memory optimisation & training
  • Prescription and use of assistive equipment
  • Cognitive rehabilitation

Neurological & Neuropathy Rehabilitation

Neurological conditions such as stroke, head injury may result in motor, cognitive, and perceptual functions. Often, survivors of neurological conditions may need a caregiver, at least in the initial phases of recovery. In neurological and neuropathy rehabilitation, occupational therapy aims to empower clients to maximise independence in their everyday activities, as well as to provide training to the new caregivers. Upper limb rehabilitation and cognitive rehabilitation are also some of the common occupational therapy interventions in neurological rehabilitation.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Having experienced a cardiac event, clients may find that what they used to be able to do in everyday living to not come as easily. Lower quality of life, stress, anxiety, loss of confidence are some common experiences. Occupational therapy can help by advising on strategies to manage, possible activity modifications, prescribe appropriate assistive device(s), and possible ways of adapting the environment to empower clients to be able to lead their lives as independently as possible.

Low Vision Rehabilitation

Low vision rehabilitation is like physical therapy for someone who has lost a limb. Its purpose is to develop strategies to maximise or substitute for diminished sight in order to maintain independence and a sense of self-worth. This rebuilding and reinforcement of the visual foundation are accomplished through the identification of goals, introduction to assistive devices, and training. Rehabilitation is not just an introduction to low vision devices. That may not occur until some time into the programme, after the patient has gone through evaluation and training. Only then can appropriate recommendations for low vision devices be made. Depending upon the patient’s needs, our programme will provide education, support groups, and individual counseling. It will help the patient to realise that using such devices and techniques is a sign of tenacity and courage, not weakness or defeat.

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Our Tailored Treatments:

  • Environment modification and home safety advice
  • Activity modification advice
  • Assistive device(s) and technology where appropriate

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist. Vestibular rehabilitation aims to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness. Dizziness is generally not serious but is often a sign of a mechanical problem. Dizziness can be caused by an inner ear disorder, side effect of medications, a sign of neck dysfunction, or due to more serious issues such as a brain or a heart problem.

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Definition of Dizziness:

  • Feelings of unsteadiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feelings of passing out
  • Spinning / Floating
  • Swaying / Tilting
  • A feeling of “swimming” in the head
  • Whirling (otherwise known as vertigo)

Who Benefits From Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Patients who are diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck-related dizziness, or migraines will benefit from vestibular rehabilitation. Other candidates are patients who have had a stroke or brain injury, or frequent fallers.

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How Can Vestibular Rehabilitation Help?

A thorough assessment will be done by your physiotherapist to evaluate your symptoms and review your medical history. This will include all or part of the following areas:

  • Balance, leg strength and flexibility
  • Gait (how you walk)
  • Visual stability and mobility
  • Neck mobility and neck and arm strength
  • Positional testing, including an inner ear exam

Based on the findings, your physiotherapist will develop a treatment plan to improve any deficits that were identified. This will improve your ability to function in activities of everyday living, reduce your risk for falling, and improve your quality of life. All treatment plans are unique to each individual. Your exercise programme will be developed after identifying your deficits. You will also learn how to do some self-treatment exercises, which allows you to continue your exercise plan at home, prevent and treat new dizziness and balance episodes. Patients are typically seen 1 to 2 times each week for 6 to 8 weeks, but this varies based on the patient’s diagnosis, the severity of symptoms, and response to therapy. Some patients may be seen for only 1 to 2 sessions; other patients may need continued treatment for a few months.

Ergonomics Consultation

Ergonomics is the science of matching work environments to fit the physiological, psychological, and cognitive capabilities of the worker. Using the fundamental skill of activity analysis, occupational therapy considers the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial elements at play, and makes recommendations to optimize productivity in the work setting.

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Occupational Therapy Benefits:

Occupational Therapy can minimise and prevent workplace musculoskeletal disorder by:

  • Providing ergonomic talks
  • Workplace evaluation & recommendations
  • Identify potential barriers
  • Modifying workplace tools, equipment, and behaviours for injury prevention

Our occupational therapist will consider all of your needs – physical, psychological, social, and environmental. This support can make a real difference giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way they feel about the future.

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