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Occupational Therapy

Learn how receiving your Colorado Springs occupational therapy services at Revolution Rehabilitation, PC, helps you heel from a medical condition, injury, or disease and gets you back to loving life.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Three kids jumping and having fun in the outdoorsPatients who have been troubled with an accident or physical injury are often treated with occupational therapy. Other factors such as developmental problems, aging, disease and birth defects may also be treated with occupation therapy.

With this type of therapy, patients work on stretching and strengthening exercises in order to promote better coordination and functioning. The therapy patients go through takes time, but it often leaves people in much better shape than when they had started the therapy.

Occupational therapy is extremely helpful to patients to have a hard time with:

  • Daily activities, such as bathing, toileting, grooming, dressing and feeding.
  • Work-related activities: decreased hand function, tiredness, physical dysfunction.
  • Home activities: laundry, cleaning and cooking.

With occupational therapy, patients learn how to cope with their daily activities and learn how manage them better. An OT can teach patients how to avoid added stress on their body and joints and can re-teach patients how to do the simple things in life such as getting dressed and cooking a meal. OTs can also help by assisting patients more and by altering their daily activities. For instance, they may be able to find wider toothbrushes for patients who have a hard time holding such a skinny one.

Patients may be treated by occupational therapists in many different ways. For example, they may be treated on play and leisure, work and education and even activities of daily living (ADLS) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL.)

Patients who are treated with basic self-care needs are ADLS. The self-care needs often include personal hygiene, bladder management, dressing, eating, sleep, showering, mobility and personal care.

For the patients that need assistance with domestic, environmental or community interaction, they need help with IADLs. Tasks that need assistance often include: laundry, parenting, shopping, driving, cleaning, cooking, and caring for pets, financial help, mobility and more.

An occupational therapist will help a patient work towards certain goals. These goals are set in order to improve and restore lost abilities and skills. Some therapies may include strengthening:

  • Cognition
  • Motor skills
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Sensation
  • Balance
  • Motion
  • Visual impairments
  • Coordination
  • Sensory integration
  • Proprioception
  • Motor planning
  • Visual perceptual skills

Schedule a Free Consultation

Please call 719-635-8622 to schedule a free consultation to receive your Colorado Springs occupational therapy care at Revolution Rehabilitation, PC.