If you or someone you love has neurological damage from a stroke or an accident, it may be a challenge to perform activities of daily living (ADL) like getting dressed, cooking meals or talking on the phone. Occupational therapy is an important process that helps patients rebuild and recover lost physical and mental abilities. When you’re just starting out, our occupational therapists will evaluate your movement, strength and balance to examine the patterns of changes to ADLs. Then they will develop a personalized plan that includes exercises to help relearn these activities and also introduce any adaptive equipment you may need, such as walkers or typing tools.
Preparing for therapy
No two injuries are created equal, and neither are the plans to get you back to a normal life. The first step in the process is working with a therapist to build a plan tailored to you. This will include:
Evaluating your range of motion and balance, as well as other physical indicators
Looking for deficits in your activities of daily living (ADL)
Making arrangements for any walking aids or other equipment you may need during recovery
Therapy contains both physical and mental elements. These can include:
Exercises to improve speaking and writing
Physically challenging exercises to build strength and improve mobility
Help for the every day things like eating, getting dressed and using the bathroom
Memory and problem solving games to help improve concentration
Anything that can make your transition back to your day job more seamless.
Activities of daily living (ADL's)/Functional Mobility
Upper Extremity function
Therapeutic exercises for U/E's
Upper extremity pain management
Joint/ soft tissue mobilization for U/E's
Energy conservation and task simplification
Visual -perceptual training
Neuro developmental training
Sending you on your way
We don’t just pack you up and send you on your way. Your therapists will provide emotional support and guidance so you can transition back to your everyday life.
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