What Exactly isOccupational Therapy?How can one benefit from it?By : Amanda GuyeIs There A difference? Occupational and Physical Therapy are always confused for the same thing, but they are completely different! Physical Therapy deals with pain, joint of motion, strength, endurance, and gross motor functions.…Continued Occupational Therapy deals more with fine motor skills, cognitive skills, visual perception skills, and sensory-processing deficits. Occupational Therapy is usually done in rehabilitation
centers, while Physical Therapy is done in hospitals, mainly.Benefits & Improvements Occupational Therapy can improve cognitive, motor, and physical skills. OT can help improve a person’s sense of self-esteem and accomplishment. “Occupational Therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments” -Occupational Therapists…Continued Therapy is used to improve simple and basic motor functions. “The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives” -Occupational Therapists Physical exercise can be used to increase strength, dexterity, the ability to discern patterns, and even improve visual acuity.
…Continued Therapy can sometimes deal with patients who have suffered from drug abuse, alcoholism, eating disorders, stress-related problems, and can even deal with depression.Who Will Benefit From OT? Almost anyone can benefit from Occupational Therapy. “Chances are, you or a family member will need occupational therapy at some point in your life” -AOTA Therapy can be needed by any age group, from children to elderly.…Continued Reasons why someone might need OT can range from learning problems to spina bifida to traumatic amputations. Therapy can help with working on fine motor skills, teaching patients how to grasp and release items, and to develop good handwriting skills.…Continued
Therapy differs for each person that does it. Children need a special kind of treatment that the elderly may not need, and vice versa. Therapy can be beneficial for anyone who cannot accomplish their everyday activities. The goal of the therapy is to improve mobility, independence and self esteem.Sources Used ! AOTA. "A Consumers Guide to Occupational Therapy." AOTA - The Fund to Promote Awareness of Occupational Therapy. 2004-2008. Web. 15 Feb. 2011. <http://www.promoteot.org/CG_C onsumersGuide.html>. Manisha. "Difference Between OT and PT | Difference Between | OT vs PT." Difference Between Similar Terms and Objects. Difference Between.net, 2011. Web.
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