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Dr. Isaak Halegoua
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Occupational Therapy (Overview)

Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a type of occupational therapy.


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Can you please define occupational therapy?

Can you please define occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy: Occupational therapy is a holistic healthcare profession that aims to promote health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities across the life span. ...Read more

Dr. Isaak Halegoua
386 doctors shared insights

Occupational Therapy (Overview)

Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a type of occupational therapy.


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How early can you start occupational therapy?

How early can you start occupational therapy?

It depends: The reason you are sent for occupational therapy usually determines when you can start. Ask your healthcare professional for the best answer. ...Read more

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Wanna know how occupational therapy will help?

Wanna know how occupational therapy will help?

OT help: Ot can help by strengthening the various muscles, improving flexibility of the joint and surrounding muscles and instituting modality intervention that can reduce painful swelling following an injury and/or surgery. ...Read more

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What kind of a person receive occupational therapy?

Who for occupational: Any one who has temporary nerological or long term muscloskeletal/neurological injury/disease which may or may not be reversible. ...Read more

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Is occupational therapy a growing or declining field?

Is occupational therapy a growing or declining field?

OT not declining: Occupational Therapy is not a declining field. This field remains important for those recovering from various acute conditions and those experiencing set backs from chronic conditions. Issues with the field of rehabilitation medicine involves insurance cuts. These reimbursement cuts have discouraged some from going into rehabilitation medicine. ...Read more

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How can a person get occupational therapy for himself?

OT help: A person/patient can specifically request from the examining physician that he/she would like to work with an occupational therapist. If the person has an upper extremity injury then a prescription can be detailed describing the diagnosis and ot plan. ...Read more

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Do normal people recieve occupational therapy treatments?

See details: Referral from your doctor, assuming there is a good reason to get to ot in the first place. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: occupational therapy?

Skills for job/life: Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a type of occupational therapy. ...Read more

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What kind of problems qualify a child for occupational therapy?

School: Ask the teacher. The public schools usually supply a program for handicapped kids. ...Read more

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What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

Specialization: In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy. Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focus on assisting the patient with daily activities/occupations. It can be activities like self care (eating, cleaning, dressing, cooking), mobility (opening doors, using equipment), or work (keyboard, work station, operating work tools). ...Read more

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Occupational therapy: what kinds of activities are being helped?

Upper Extremity: An occupational therapist works on disorders of the upper extremity only. You can think of them as a physical therapist that focuses only on the upper extremities, whereas a physical therapist can treat the entire body. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me information on duration of occupational therapy?

It depends: The duration of therapy depends on the type of injury and what other treatments have been done. For a new injury it is fairly typical to have 2-3 sessions per week for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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What's the future of occupational therapy assistants like? Growth or decline?

I don't have a cryst: I don't have a crystal ball. The problem in these estimates is that a lot of healthcare has been messed up by the government, and has not been very good to doctors. There will be a lot more patients in the system depending on the Supreme Court decision. Unfortunately the president is not helpingThe whole law was an acted without physician input. Do I think there will be a need yes and if that's your desire I would go ahead and continue to pursue i ...Read more

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Will all occupational therapy programs become doctorates like PT programs did?

Will all occupational therapy programs become doctorates like PT programs did?

Not sure: But I found a good link on the internet that might have the answers you are looking for. AOTA The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. . Check it out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about occupational therapy and if so, what were your experiences with it?

It's PT for hands: OT is a sub-specialty of PT that concentrates on restoring function to the hands. Depending on the underlying condition OT can be crucial for restoring function and getting rid of pain and swelling associated with injury or post surgical repair. OT provides instruction and monitoring but patient has to do the hard work of sticking with the exercises to get the desired results. ...Read more

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Do you think there will be a return of occupational therapy to mental health? I really want to be a mental health OT.

Do you think there will be a return of occupational therapy to mental health? I really want to be a mental health OT.

Mental health: I really doubt it - our healthcare is being destroyed right in front of our eyes. Mental health has been denied for many years and along with it the OT. ...Read more

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Why is there such a decline in mental health occupational therapy? Do you think it will make a comeback because their services in MH are very useful.

Occupational Therapy: is an important field. It can be difficult to get into a program of study for it. OTs and OT assistants work in lots of health care settings. I was not aware that they are being under-utilized in MH settings. Peace and good health. I'm sure OT can facilitate progress there. ...Read more

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How can occupational therapy help my disabled child?

Depends: It really depends on the disability. The term occupational therapy is really inaccurate. In most cases it has nothing to do with an occupation. Ots are trained to help people with disabilities learn compensatory strategies to maximize their function. They also tend to focus on problems related to use of the upper extremities in particular. Ots work with kids all the time and are extremely helpful. ...Read more

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What is an activity analysis in occupational therapy?

Testing one's limits: This is a technical way of saying that the ot wants to see exactly how one performs a particular "activity"; whether it be holding a fork, manipulating an item, etc. ...Read more

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How can occupational therapy benefit someone with JRA?

How can occupational therapy benefit someone with JRA?

Help upper extremiti: Can help your treatment for hands and upper extremity. Your rheumatologist can help guide you in this therapy. ...Read more

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How can occupational therapy relate to healing the soul?

Occupational: therapy can help someone feel better about themselves, accomplish more in life thereby enhancing self confidence & self esteem. Since it impacts on emotional well being, I guess you could call healing the soul, a bi-product of occupational therapy. ...Read more

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How can occupational therapy help me as a disabled person?

Lots of ways!: On ot can help you to do the adl's (activites of daily living) that you as a disabled person need to be able to do to be as independenta as you can. They will teach you how to care for your self, you personal grooming, cooking, cleaing, toileting, and the activites you do every day. They will show you easier ways, better ways, short cuts and provide you with assistive devices to help you. ...Read more

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Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. ...Read more

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What can I expect in occupational therapy for my disabled child?

What can I expect in occupational therapy for my disabled child?

Hopeful improvement: Hi...Occupational therapy (along with other rebailitative services) can be very helpful to children with a broad spectrum of developmental disabilities. Your child(and I do not know the exact nature of the disability) can expect to gain better functioning and adaptation to the world around; and, as a result, be able to be more interactive with the various things in that world. ...Read more

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How to use occupational therapy used to rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT: Ot is used to help people learn compensatories strategies for performing their activities of daily living including bathing, grooming, dressing, getting in and out of the bathroom, showering etc, they also focus on trying to strengthen the upper extremities deal with issues of pain and paralysis of the upper extremities. They are very helpful. It has nothing to do with an "occupation". ...Read more

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Is occupational therapy considered an acceptable public health major?

Is occupational therapy considered an acceptable  public health major?

Not necessarily: While it certainly is possible to focus on an element of occupational therapy that affects populations, most often it is very targeted to individual needs. So, while it is quite possible to combine the two areas of interest in specific ways, i'd say it isn't an automatic association. ...Read more

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What kind of occupational therapy is suggested for someone recovering from a mental illness?

What kind of occupational therapy is suggested for someone recovering from a mental illness?

Occupational Therapy: Ot for mental health provides goal-directed activities to help patients develop the skills and obtain the supports needed for independent, interdependent, productive living. This includes improving social skills, stress hardiness, self-awareness, role development (such as parenting), and education about healthy lifestyle, etc. http://aota.org/practitioners/practiceareas/mentalhealth.aspx. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference, if any, between occupational health and occupational therapy in relation to children?

Please help! what is the difference, if any, between occupational health and occupational therapy in relation to children?

Totally different: Occupational therapy is focused on helping people to be more functional in their lives mainly through how they use tools and their upper extremities. Occupational health has a focus on keeping people safe and healthy in the workplace. ...Read more

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Is it true that mental health occupational therapy is now obsolete and has been removed from the list of "mental health providers?"

Is it true that mental health occupational therapy is now obsolete and has been removed from the list of "mental health providers?"

Not true: Most of inpatient psychiatric unit as well as many partial hospital program has occupational therapist. Their role is significantly reduced in private practice area. ...Read more