Occupational Therapy Specialist

Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical & Occupational Therapists servicing Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.

Occupational therapy gives you back the ability to perform all your familiar activities and enjoy leisure pursuits when you’re recovering from injury or illness. The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, has considerable experience using occupational therapy to help people affected by neuromusculoskeletal and cognitive problems to regain physical function. Find out more by calling the office today, or book an appointment online.

Occupational Therapy Q & A

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a highly skilled and valuable discipline providing treatments that:

  • Help people to regain physical skills following an injury or surgery
  • Help children with disabilities participate in school other activities
  • Help seniors improve cognitive and physical skills

An occupational therapy plan typically includes an individual evaluation to determine patient goals, and customized activities to improve how patients cope with daily tasks.

How is occupational therapy different from physical therapy?

The two are closely aligned, but physical therapy treatments focus on improving function and reducing pain, while occupational therapy focuses on helping patients carry out specific tasks and find ways to minimize and manage any pain. Physical therapies are a fundamental aspect of occupational therapy, which utilizes treatments that include:

Therapeutic exercise

An exercise program that aims to leave you feeling healthier and stronger, incorporating a wide range of activities to help you regain or maintain your strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and stability. Therapeutic exercises include:

  • Active, passive or assisted stretching activities
  • Resistance and endurance exercises
  • Posture exercises
  • Balance and coordination exercises

Your therapist can also prescribe exercises that target specific functions, e.g. breathing or circulation.

Massage therapy

Physical therapists use massage therapy to apply a wide range of manual techniques that target specific tissues in your body, including muscles, fascia, lymph nodes, joints, and tendons. Benefits of therapeutic massage include:

  • Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Accelerated healing
  • Reduced swelling and inflammation
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced pain
  • Decreased adhesions and scar tissue formation
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved mood

Therapeutic massage is effective in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, arthritis, migraines, diabetic nerve pain, acute injuries, anxiety, and depression.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release, also known as trigger point therapy or pressure point massage, involves the application of pressure to specific areas called pressure or trigger points. This pressure helps to relax and normalize the fascia, fibrous tissues that encase your musculoskeletal structures, which can stiffen and cause pain and immobility.

Electrical stimulation

Electrical stimulation uses safe, painless electrical currents to stimulate muscles via electrodes placed on your skin.

Kinesio Taping® Method

The Kinesio Taping® Method uses aspects of acupressure and strategic physical therapy by placing elastic therapeutic tape around problematic areas. The tape exudes a pulling force, allowing for free range of motion while still providing a therapeutic pressure. It’s particularly helpful for:

  • Back sprains and strains
  • Neck aches
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Sports injuries

Your physical therapist applies the tape so that it follows muscle movement as you go through your day, effectively improving healing and reducing pain.

Cupping therapy

Cupping involves placing several cups over strategic points on the body to create suction, which redirects circulation and allows blood and other fluids to flow to injured tissues.

Manual therapy

Manual therapy is any form of hands-on treatment that is designed to help a part of the body function better. Your physical therapist uses a variety of manual therapy techniques, including:

  • Joint mobilization
  • Strain-counterstrain
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • High velocity, low amplitude thrusting
  • Muscle energy techniques

In addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well-being, occupational therapy practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of health care for patients.

Find out more about the benefits of occupational therapy by calling Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy today, or book an appointment online.