What Is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health profession that helps individuals with various disabilities achieve independence in all areas of their lives. It gives people the “skills for the job of living” independent and satisfying lives. OT assists clients in developing the skills to take care of themselves when a health problem limits normal, day-to-day activity, such as bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, doing housework and participating in leisure activities like getting you back to playing tennis, golf, other favored activities that are limited by your condition.

Therapy may include the following:

* Exercises related to activities and function of the upper body
* Training to improve self-care, dressing and activities of daily living
* Energy conservation measures for improved endurance
* Home improvements for safety and increased independence
* Training on the use of adaptive equipment to improve independence and safety during daily life tasks
* Assessment and treatment of Lymphedema and other swelling disorders

Occupational therapy assists the patients in developing the skills to take care of themselves when a health problem limits normal, day-to-day activity, such as bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, doing housework and participating in leisure activities like getting you back to playing tennis, golf, other favored activities that are limited by your condition.