Occupational Therapy (Work and Occupational Therapy)

Occupational therapy is a profession that helps people with disabilities and chronic conditions to live more independently. Occupational therapists collaborate with patients, family members, and other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat the whole person by addressing their mental, physical, social/emotional needs for greater independence. The goal of occupational therapy is not just improvement in disability or illness but rather a full restoration of functioning as well as the quality of life. 

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of evaluation and rehabilitation for the growth, recovery, or continuation of meaningful person, group, or collective tasks or occupations. It is an allied health specialty carried out by occupational therapists and assistants in occupational therapy (OTA). OTs also deal with individuals who have issues with mental health, illnesses, accidents, or impairments. In this article, we will discuss what is Occupational Therapy.

What diseases can occupational therapy cure?

Occupational therapists can address many different issues, including physical disabilities, work-related injuries, mental illnesses and behavioral disorders. With the help of an occupational therapist, patients can learn skills to improve their safety and move around without assistance in their home or workplace. Occupational therapy is often used for stroke patients or those who have had a spinal cord injury. It is also helpful for anyone with arthritis if certain activities are hard due to limited mobility due to their condition. Patients are assessed on key areas including functional ability, adaptive aids needed throughout the day as well as pain levels.

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In order to reduce the pathologies of the clients, to help them to maintain their health and socialize, to enable them to develop their self-confidence, various skills and abilities, to encourage them to use these skills and abilities in daily life, to ensure that they gain awareness that their leisure time will increase the quality of life, Occupational therapy activities including painting-handicrafts, sports and marbling are carried out.

When people are mentally and physically engaged in a job, they naturally feel relief and experience the moment when they give all their attention to the work they are doing, so it is important to evaluate free time with different activities. Artistic events and sports activities are also used as a communication tool and often the result is a feeling of getting away from stress, tension, purification, and renewal.

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Creativity is supported in therapies made with music, painting, and marbling because more people who can ask questions like to think differently, use different techniques in solving problems and have imagination. For these reasons, it is important in a drifted society.

People cannot improve themselves if they are not fed with art. Art is a stage of the mutual interaction of man and nature. This has a social character. Art is a phenomenon that humanizes life. Art can be used to create and strengthen the boundaries of personality, to establish connections between inner lives and external reality. It is one of the therapy methods to enable clients to reflect their problems externally through painting and to make them relax by talking about their pictures.

Our interests may be music, painting, sports, dance, taking photographs, ceramics, model making, reading books, gardening, poetry, writing stories, cooking, sewing, handicrafts, and these occupations can help us to get away from daily work. It allows us to do something different, take a break to relieve the tiredness and tension of the day.

Last Updated on November 26, 2021 by Lucas Berg

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  1. It’s interesting to know that occupational therapy centers can also have some activities that stimulate one’s creativity. I have a co-worker who isn’t from the art department but tends to draw all sorts of elaborate doodles on the whiteboard whenever she is stressed. Maybe occupational therapy is something she should look into someday.

    • 7 months ago

      Hi there, thank you for taking time to comment. We would definitly suggest her to look into it!

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