It’s time to talk more about occupational therapy

what is occupational therapy

Not exactly sure what occupational therapy is? You’re not alone, as this profession isn’t well understood. However, it’s an important science that plays a key role in helping many individuals with musculoskeletal injuries and physical or mental disabilities comfortably perform day-to-day activities. Occupational therapy involves strategically using everyday tasks, such as buttoning a shirt or pouring a glass of water, to help patients build critical skills and live more independently.

Who can benefit from occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy may be a viable care option for individuals who struggle to perform routine activities due to a congenital or acquired cognitive or physical condition. People of any age can benefit from this type of therapy. For example, occupational therapists can enhance social and physical development in children through the “occupation” of playing. By playing therapeutic games and implementing sensory-integrative techniques, therapists can help children better interact with schoolmates and socialize with confidence.

Occupational therapists also help adult patients achieve their goals through self-care training, neuromuscular re-education and other evidence-based techniques. Through occupational therapy, patients can overcome their symptoms to more comfortably bathe, cook meals, operate wheelchairs, work, socialize, care for pets and much more.

Occupational therapy at Panther Physical Therapy

Panther Physical Therapy is proud to offer a full range of occupational therapy. Our experienced therapists take a holistic approach to treatment that considers each patient’s unique health circumstance and daily activities, designing tailored therapy regimens to help achieve the best possible long-term outcomes. We care for individuals with soft tissue injuries, hand injuries, osteoarthritis, work-related injuries, spinal trauma, neurological disorders and other conditions, helping them live their best life and enjoy their favorite activities.

We encourage you to contact Panther Physical Therapy if you would like to learn more about our approach to occupational therapy and to schedule your initial appointment.