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What is Occupational Therapy Anyway

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals to achieve an independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapy assists people in developing the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

  Services typically include...  
 
  • Customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities.
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations.
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment of the body’s strength, range of motion, pain that impair the ability to perform activities or “occupations."
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training.
 
     

Karla Gonzales treating the symptoms of repetitious motion.
  Who needs OT?  
 

The person who needs occupational therapy could be your father or mother facing changes because of aging. It could be your child, frustrated with being unable to do the seemingly simple things the other children at school can do. It could be you or your spouse coping with illness or the results of an accident. It could be anyone who, for whatever reason, can't do the things in life they want or need to do.

 
     

Occupational therapy is therapy based on performing the meaningful activities of daily life (self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction), especially to enable or enhance participation in such activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning. Occupational therapy is for individuals of all ages-to improve skills that help them perform daily tasks at home and at school, at work and at play.

Hobbies can become less painful.Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals. Their education includes the study of human growth and development, with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physical effects of illness and injury. They help individuals with illnesses, injuries, certain conditions or disabilities get on with their "occupations" of living.

Occupational therapy practitioners are unique in that they look at the whole picture when it comes to a person's treatment- the individual's abilities, the task to be performed, and the environment in which the task takes place.
In a team of healthcare specialists, a surgeon, for example, will operate on your injured knee. A physical therapist will devise a series of exercises to help the knee heal properly with a maximum range of motion. An OT will ask, "What do you need your knee to do? What activities do you want to do, so you can adapt (the way you walk, drive, move around at home, etc.) to that knee," thereby determining the right treatment for keeping you mobile and an active participant in your own life.

  Occupational therapy is for individuals of all ages  
  Rehab is for people of all ages.To identify and improve skills that help people perform daily tasks at home and at school, at work and at play. Occupational therapy is really about helping people do what they need to do, what they want to do, to help them succeed in everyday life. Occupational therapy practitioners make a difference in people's lives-the kind of difference that makes a patient look them in the eye and say, "You have given me my life back."  
     
 
Owners Karla and
David Gonzales

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