What is Occupational Therapy?
When someone is not able to do an activity the way they want or need, an occupational therapist guides them to return to their daily activity. This is done by modifying the way an activity is performed and teaching new approaches through a series of activities and strengthening exercises designed to heal. An occupation therapist helps you to get back to living the life you want to be living, by finding new ways to complete everyday tasks and helping to adapt the environment.
How is OT different to PT?
An Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist work in collaboration with each other. Some treatments can look the same and both therapists have the same goal – to heal injuries and prevent future ones. OTs, like PTs, have extensive training in anatomy and physiology and work with a variety of conditions. Whilst a PT might focus on improving a client’s ability to perform movement of the human body, an OT will focus on improving a client’s ability to perform activities of daily life. The ‘occupation’ part of occupational therapy refers to any activity that is meaningful to the person, be it returning to work or performing simple everyday tasks – for example, if two people both broke their arm, it would be important for their bones to heal, to live without pain, and to gain full range of motion. For each individual this plan of care would look different. For a new mom, the ability to carry her baby would be of utmost importance, versus an artist who might need to return to work, or a football player getting back in the game. The treatment is both individualized and specific to each person’s needs and client centered.
The Shift Model of Care:
- Shift treats the whole you—body, mind and spirit because these elements of your health are always connected.
- Shift uses a collaborative model to inform and empower you with multiple perspectives.
- Shift is a supportive environment where you are invited to notice your own shifting self-awareness.
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