Does your child have an injury or medical condition that is causing them pain, limiting your daily activities, and preventing them from enjoying the things they love? Are you looking for relief for a condition that is holding your child back? If so, occupational therapy can help you and your family shine! Contact Mark Their Words Therapy today to request an appointment!
What Occupational Therapy Can Do for Your Child
At Mark Their Words Therapy, our therapists focus on your child’s functional needs by implementing certain exercises and activities that promote childrens’ physical and psychological well-being.
Occupational therapy is a form of treatment that is deeply rooted in science and supported by numerous medical journals. Our therapists work hard to help your child develop ad retain functional skills for life. This type of therapy can benefit all ages, from helping children with disabilities participate in school and social arenas to helping seniors improve their physical and cognitive health.
At Mark Their Words Therapy, our occupational therapy plans include:
- An individual evaluation to determine your child’s goals.
- Customized intervention activities to improve daily tasks and activities for your child.
- An evaluation of outcomes to determine if goals were met and to make changes to the plan if needed.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with your physical well-being, pediatric Occupational Therapy practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder a child’s function. For example, occupational therapy for a mother may include using a special tool to make cupcakes at home. If an adaptation to a utensil needs to be fashioned, an occupational therapist will do it. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of health care.
The Difference Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
While occupational therapy is similar to physical therapy, there are a few distinct differences. Physical therapy focuses on one’s ability to perform certain movements overall, while occupational therapy focuses on their ability to perform certain movements during daily activities.
For example, if you have suffered an injury, a physical therapist will work to build back muscle strength, while an occupational therapist will work with a patient to practice basic life skills like walking, eating, bathing, and dressing.
Physical therapy and occupational therapy tend to overlap, as a patient may begin treatments with a physical therapist and then move on to working with an occupational therapist once their pain is relieved and they have regained enough strength/physical function.
Hand Therapy is a Specialized Form of Occupational Therapy
There are different specialties to occupational therapy, and hand therapy is one of them. Hand therapy focuses on treating orthopedic upper-extremity issues to optimize the functional use of the arm and hand. Hand therapy is used to treat several conditions surrounding the upper extremities, including but not limited to:
In general, hand therapy focuses on the biomechanical issues of upper-extremity conditions. It’s a patient-centered approach that addresses the needs of the patient, such as being able to lift objects, open a jar, or button a shirt.
There are several interventions that a hand therapist can make, in order to help you comfortably perform daily functions. This may include any combination of therapeutic exercises, mirror therapy, orthosis design, pain management, manual therapy, taping, ergonomics, or compression therapy. There are several activities that a hand therapist may have you perform in order to strengthen your upper extremity after an injury, such as working with putty, using a gripper, or using dumbbells.
There are several benefits to hand therapy, including:
- Management of acute or chronic pain
- Design and implementation of home exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity, and/or strength
- Training in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment.
- Preventative, non-operative, or conservative treatment
- Customized splint fabrication for prevention or correction of injury
- Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
- Sensory re-education after nerve injury
- Conditioning prior to returning to work
Contact Mark Their Words Therapy Today
You will feel relieved when your child can comfortably engage in their favorite hobbies and everyday activities, without limits. Mark Their Words Therapy Services is ready to get your child started on the path toward living a more enjoyable, comfortable, and functional life!