What is occupational therapy? 

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people of all ages to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). 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. 

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 individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,

  • customized 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. ​​

Adapted from the American Occupational Therapy Association Inc.

What is physical therapy? 

Physical Therapy is a rehabilitative treatment that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical therapists, also known as PTs, are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain.  They educate patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits and functionality.  Physical therapy services include:

  • Individualized examination and development of a plan to achieve the patient/family goal.

  • Education and use of treatment techniques to promote ability to move

  • Pain reduction, restoration of muscle/joint function and disability prevention through various customized strategies, therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques.

  • Development of a fitness and wellness-oriented program for healthier and active lifestyle

 
 

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