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 is a highly skilled and valuable discipline providing treatments that:
An occupational therapy plan typically includes an individual evaluation to determine patient goals, and customized activities to improve how patients cope with daily tasks.
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:
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:
Your therapist can also prescribe exercises that target specific functions, e.g. breathing or circulation.
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:
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, 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 uses safe, painless electrical currents to stimulate muscles via electrodes placed on your skin.
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:
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 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 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:
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.